The proposed Montclair station is part of the Foothill Extension from Azusa to Montclair, currently in the planning phase. The station is proposed at the Montclair TransCenter, located just east of Monte Vista Avenue and north of Arrow Highway. The plan today is for the Gold Line platform to be located to the north of the Metrolink platforms, and for the light-rail platform to be a single, center platform. Entrance to the Gold Line platform will be from the east and west ends. There will be a connection between the Gold Line and Metrolink platforms via the existing pedestrian tunnel. Parking will be provided at the station for automobiles and bicycles, with numerous bus connections to the station as well.
Plans for the Montclair station will be finalized through the environmental review process currently underway. Learn more about the current planning studies for this and other Foothill Extension from Azusa to Montclair stations - click here.
About the Artist
Ruth Ann Anderson is an accomplished artist based in Southern California. Some of her works include a life-size sculpture for the Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park Gold Line station; and In Living Memory, a public eco-art project using the memories of senior citizens to recall the environment of Los Angeles 50-70 years ago recorded on posters for Los Angeles bus shelters.
Ruth Ann graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Masters of Fine Arts. She is the past recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Metro Transportation Authority Award, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Grant, and LACE (an Interdisciplinary Grant through the Nation Endowment of the Arts). She currently teaches art classes at California State University, Northridge.
Based on Ruth Ann’s preliminary design concept, she was selected by the city of Montclair’s Station Design and Art Review (SDAR) Committee, later ratified by the city council, in 2005. As the Foothill Extension from Azusa to Montclair continues to move from planning to reality, Ruth Ann will take her preliminary design concept and work with the SDAR Committee and Montclair community, to advance her design concept further.*
Preliminary Artist Concept
Drawing from the community's history, mythology, and personal stories, the artist will develop these into a public dialog that integrate diverse perspectives with common values. Ms. Anderson has a vision for the station that is representative of the area.
Initial concepts for the station include the use of sculptures and orange crates placed along the platform, each incorporating an orange-crate label that tells a unique story of the area. The platform surface will be tiled using varied patterns and symbols based on community input.
*The Construction Authority would like to thank the following members of the Montclair Station Design and Art Review (SDAR) Committee for their participation in the selection process: Mr. Mike Bair, Ms. Virginia Eaton, Mr. Michael Hudson and Mr. Steve Lustro.
Situated at the end of the proposed Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension corridor, the City of Montclair is already expanding its vision of transit-oriented development (TOD) around the existing "Transcenter." In their North Montclair Downtown Specific Plan (adopted May 2006), city leaders capitalized on this already active transportation hub and created a vision guided by transit-oriented design principles. The plan includes the addition of a new and expanded transit center that will encompass the existing Metrolink Station and future Metro Gold Line station platforms.
The Town Center at the Transit Station focuses on improving mobility, and creating a "sense of place" complete with commercial and mixed-use buildings, a grocery store, hotel and parking facilities. The plan begins with new architectural designs for the Metrolink and Metro Gold Line station stops and reconfiguration of existing bus platforms to improve bus and train transfers.
Commercial and mixed-use buildings are proposed at Fremont Avenue and Arrow Highway with ground floor retail and housing/office uses on upper floors. Conveniently, the plan includes a large grocery store on the corner of Arrow Highway and Central Avenue to serve new Town Center residents. Other amenities include a hotel for Montclair visitors near the transit square/train station and a four-to five-level parking structure adjacent to the railway.
As the Construction Authority and city begin a new dialogue through the 2010 TOD study just underway, the city may update their vision for the future. Click here to learn more about the 2006 and 2010 TOD Studies.
Built in an area once inhabited by the Serrano Indians, the city, then called Monte Vista was certified as a general law city on April 25, 1956. Two years later the residents voted to change the name to Montclair. Situated on a railroad line, it was natural that Montclair would become an important shopping area. The opening of the Montclair Plaza in 1968 solidified the city's position as a leader in retail trade and ushered in a new era of growth for the entire area.
Montclair occupies a power position poised between Los Angeles County and the thriving Inland Empire. Set squarely between the two on the I-10 travel corridor, Montclair benefits from both the dynamic business environment of Los Angeles and the fast-growing markets of the Inland Empire. This premier location is the foundation for Montclair's established position as a retail and business powerhouse and regional community leader.
Montclair is now a full-service City with its own Police and Fire Departments and has a young and diverse population that represents the ethnic and cultural diversity that is characteristic of Southern California.
City of Montclair: www.ci.montclair.ca.us/about/default.asp
Montclair Chamber of Commerce: www.montclairchamber.com/
Montclair Hospital Medical Center: http://www.montclair-hospital.com/
Montclair Plaza: www.montclairplaza.com/
Montclair Transcenter: http://www.cityofmontclair.org/about/transportation.asp