The Ontario Airport Extension will extend the Gold Line approximately eight miles – from Montclair to Ontario – and terminate the line at the LA/Ontario International Airport.
Although not formally part of the Foothill Extension project, the Construction Authority completed a study to understand the feasibility of extending the line from Montclair to the airport in 2008. This initial study concluded that extending the line was feasible and provided a number of potential route options.
Under current requirements set forth by the Federal Transit Administration, it can take over a decade for a transit project to go from inception to completion. This initial study was the first step in this lengthy process that includes a detailed analysis of alternatives, environmental review and preliminary engineering.
Through these steps, a better understanding of the project cost, environmental issues, and potential ridership would be gained. Unlike the segments from Los Angeles to Montclair, the right-of-way from Montclair to the LA/Ontario International Airport has not already been purchased.
Funding for the Ontario Airport Extension has not been identified, and a timeline for project completion is uncertain. However, if the Alternatives Analysis begins in early 2011, the line has the potential to reach the airport in 2021 (based on typical time frames for similar projects).
A 10-month Strategic Planning Study was conducted in 2007-2008 to study the feasibility of extending the Foothill Extension from its planned terminus in Montclair eight more miles to LA/Ontario International Airport. The study, which considered different route options, station locations, ridership potential, cost and more, concluded that it would be feasible to connect to the airport and provided a number of feasible route options to make the final connection.
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This Strategic Planning Study was the first step in a lengthy process set forth by the Federal Transit Administration. The next step - a multi-year study to evaluate the alternative routes and mode options (train, bus, etc.) in greater detail - is called an “Alternatives Analysis.” This study will result in identifying the phase’s Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA), which will include a preferred route, mode choice, station locations, and more. The LPA will then move forward for environmental review and clearance and preliminary engineering.
The Construction Authority has selected a contractor to conduct the Alternatives Analysis, and is currently working with cities and other government entities in San Bernardino County to identify funding to pay for the study. Once funding is solidified, the study will take approximately 18 months to complete.
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