The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board has approved a $1.4-billion budget, which includes partnership agreements to extend the Metro Gold Line. The extension will travel through the San Gabriel Valley for 11.5 miles east to Claremont.
The agreements establish a funding plan and shared roles and responsibilities between Metro and the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority, which will build the extension. Metro will fund the portion of the new segment from Glendora to Claremont within Los Angeles County.
“This second phase of the Foothill Gold Line is truly significant because it’s the very first Measure M transit project out of the gate,” said John Fasana, Metro board chair and Duarte mayor pro tem. “It will establish the early momentum we need to launch our ambitious new traffic improvement plan that will yield tremendous transportation benefits for the entire Los Angeles County area.”
Metro will use Measure M, a half-cent transportation sales tax, and other local and state funds to pay for construction and plans to apply for a $249-million grant from the state’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program to complete life-of-project budget requirements.
Currently, the Construction Authority has environmentally cleared the project and completed advanced engineering for the alignment, with the first contract for advanced utility relocation to be awarded later this year. The project’s official groundbreaking is expected to take place in October, and service is planned to open by 2027.
“This project will create a critical new transit connection for Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire areas when it’s completed,” stated Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority is a great partner in helping us expand our public transportation infrastructure. We look forward to partnering with them to deliver this project on-time and on-budget.”