The Foothill Extension from Azusa to Montclair will extend the Metro Gold Line 12.3 miles and add six (6) stations in the cities of Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont, and Montclair. As with Pasadena to Azusa, the extension from Azusa to Montclair is planned to be built along the former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (ATSF) right-of-way, which was purchased by Metro in the early 1990s for the project.
Once completed, a trip from Montclair to downtown Pasadena will take just over 40 minutes and further to Los Angeles will take approximately 75 minutes.
Planning for the Azusa to Montclair Extension began in 2003, and significant work has been completed for the segment. The Final EIR was certified by the Construction Authority Board of Directors in March 2013, and a locally preferred alternative was selected. Starting in early 2014, the project will begin advanced conceptual engineering. This two-year process will advance design for the project to a point where it will be ready for a design-build procurement.
Completion of the Azusa to Montclair segment of the Foothill Extension will cost approximately $950 million. No funding has been secured for this segment of the extension. Once funding is secured, final design and construction will take approximately four years to complete.
The Azusa to Montclair segment has recently undergone environmental clearance. The process, which was completed in accordance with state environmental regulations (California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)), reviewed impacts of the proposed project, and identified mitigation where needed. Public Scoping occurred in January 2011. Additionally, the Authority conducted Station Planning meetings in March & April 2011 to gain additional feedback. The Draft EIR was published for a 45-day review period on August 31st, 2012. The Final EIR is was published February 2013 and was certified by the Construction Authority Board of Directors in March 2013.
Starting in 2014, and taking approximately two years, the segment will go through advanced conceptual engineering. This will bring the design for the project to a point where it will be ready for a design-build procurement.
Questions about the future extension from Azusa to Montclair and/or the environmental review process should be directed to:
Lisa Levy Buch
Director of Public Affairs
Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
The Construction Authority is hosting tours of the Metro Gold Line light rail line between Pasadena and Los Angeles. Tours provide an opportunity to experience how light rail interacts within communities, the design of stations and street crossings and the various train sounds. Contact Sylvia Beltran at email@example.com or (626) 305-7012 if interested in a tour.