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Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension
Foothill Extension, Pasadena to Azusa Update:
After more than a year of focused design work for the 11.5-mile light rail extension, residents and businesses throughout Monrovia will begin to see construction for the "Alignment" work starting in late 2012. In November, crews are focusing on relocating utilities. Utility work has happened on Magnolia Avenue and Evergreen Avenue and is ongoing on Myrtle Avenue. This construction activity requires lane closures along Myrtle Avenue between Duarte Road and Railroad Avenue to accomplish this work. Construction on Myrtle Avenue is anticipated to be completed in mid-December 2012.
The Construction Authority continues to work closely with the city to coordinate work on city streets to minimize impacts as much as possible. However, you should be prepared that work is going to be impactful over the next few years of construction and we encourage you to sign up at www.foothillextension.org to receive construction notices. Notices will provide advanced warning of active construction locations.
For questions, please call the Foothill Extension Community Hotline at (626) 324-7098.
The Foothill Extension from Pasadena to Azusa (Pasadena to Azusa) will add six stations in the cities of Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, and Azusa. Once completed, Monrovia will become accessible to Citrus College, Old Town Pasadena and Downtown Los Angeles by train.
The Foothill Extension from Pasadena to Azusa will be built along the former Atchison,Topeka and Santa Fe (ATSF) right-of-way, purchased by Metro for the project in the early 1990s. This Extension is fully funded by Measure R and broke ground June 26, 2010. Over the next four years, design-build teams will finalize design and construct the elements of the project: track, crossings, bridges, stations, utilities, systems, parking, light rail maintenance and operations (M&O) facility, and more. Construction will be complete in 2015.
Procurement to hire design-build teams that will complete this effort has already begun. Three contracts will be awarded for the following project elements over the next two years: (1) I-210 Bridge, (2) parking facilities, and (3) all other elements (stations, track, crossings, M&O facility, utilities, etc.). The project is estimated to cost a total of $735 million (including the purchase of trains and equipment).
The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation released a report in January 2010 highlighting the regional economic benefits of constructing the Pasadena to Azusa Extension. Their study concluded that during construction alone, the Pasadena to Azusa Extension will generate nearly $1 billion of business output, $40 million in tax revenue and 7,000 jobs.
Attend a Community Meeting
Construction of the 11.5-mile Foothill Extension light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa will begin in earnest later this year. Attend any public meetings along the way to learn more about the project and how you can get involved!
You are invited...
Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension
Maintenance and Operations Facility Design Update
Wednesday - August 1, 2012
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - Presentation
7:20 p.m. - Question/Answer Session
Greater Ambassador Church
420 Monrovista Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016
Street parking available
Attend to Learn:
• Latest design plans for the light rail maintenance & operations facility
• Design and construction schedule
• Meet the design-build team and the project's community liaison
Contact Lisa Levy Buch, Director of Public Affairs, Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority - (626) 305-7004 or
Myrtle Avenue Lane Closures: Between Duarte Rd and Railroad Avenue, November- December 2012
Construction crews will be worknig to remove existing railroad tracks and relocate a waterline in preparation for the construction of the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project. Lane closures are required to accomplish this work:
Monday November 5, 9:00pm - Tuesday, November 6, 6:00am: FULL LANE CLOSURE OVERNIGHT, EXPECT DETOURS (Myrtle Ave btw Duarte Rd & Railroad Ave)
Tuesday, November 6, 9:00am- 3:00pm: FULL NORTHBOUND LANE CLOSURE, EXPECT DETOURS (Myrtle Ave btw Duarte Rd & Railroad Ave)
Wednesday, November 7- Friday, December 14 from 7:00am- 3:00pm: NORTHBOUND RIGHT LANE CLOSURE 24-HR / DAY
Detour signs will be posted, vehicular traffic will be detoured to direct traffic during the implementation of full closures. Pedestrians and bicycles will be detoured around the work zone. Temporary "No Parking" signs will be posted to indicate street parking restrictions. Construction equipment noise will be heard near active work zones. Watering equipment will be utilized to control dust
Friday, July 13- August 10, 2012: Removing Existing Railroad Tracks
Crews will begin removing the existing railroad tracks and ties in preparation for the construction of the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project. Rail will be cut into approximately 40-foot long pieces and placed on a truck along with railroad ties and removed from the railroad corridor. Lane closures are not required to accomplish this work. Anticipated work hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Crews will be working within the railroad corridor from Magnolia Avenue to Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia.
- All of the work will be within the right-of-way; street lane closures are not required for this work.
- Access for local residences and businesses will not be affected.
- Construction equipment noise will be heard near active work zones.
- Flaggers will be used when equipment enters and exits the railroad corridor.
Tuesday, July 24- August 20, 2012: Placement of Underground Utilities on Shamrock Avenue
Construction crews will be working to place electrical utilities underground as part of pre-construction activities for the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project. Lane closures along Shamrock Avenue are required to accomplish this work. Anticipated work hours will be from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Crews will be working on Shamrock Avenue, between Duarte Road and Evergreen Avenue in Monrovia.
- Lanes along Shamrock Avenue, between Duarte Road and Evergreen Avenue, will be temporarily closed in two phases; the first phase requires northbound Shamrock Avenue to be closed and the second phase requires southbound Shamrock Avenue to be closed. One lane of thru-traffic in each direction will be maintained during this operation.
- Pedestrians and cyclists may be detoured around the construction work zone.
- Temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted to indicate street parking restrictions.
- At times, heavy equipment noises will occur.
- Access to businesses will remain open (except for driveway access restriction to 3M for a short period of time).
THE MONROVIA STATION
The Monrovia station is part of the future Foothill Extension from Pasadena to Azusa, currently underway. The station will be located northwest of the intersection of Duarte Road and Myrtle Avenue, just west of the historic rail depot. Side platforms with access from the east end of the platform will provide flexibility to the City for future planned development (click on the Future Plans tab above to learn more) of the surrounding area.
A 350-space parking facility will be provided at the station, in addition to bicycle parking and lockers. The location of the parking will be finalized in late 2010.
Although directly adjacent to the historic Santa Fe Depot, the Monrovia station does not include use of the historic structure. At this time, plans for the historic depot have not been finalized; however, the city of Monrovia intends to include the depot in the Station Square Transit Village.
Metro Gold Line is also allocating $16.5 million on public improvements surrounding the new Monrovia Station. Thse improvements include walking paths, underground utilities, improved crosswalks and more efficient intersections. Most improvements will be made adjacent to the Station on Duarte Road and Myrtle Avenue from California Avenue to Mayflower Boulevard.
Cha-Rie was selected by the city of Monrovia’s Station Design & Art Review (SDAR) Committee, later ratified by the city council, in 2005. In 2005-6, she worked with the SDAR Committee and Monrovia community to advance her design and art concept for the station, and in December 2006 the city council approved the final art concept.
Above, sample platform tiles for future Monrovia station
Cha-Rie Tang will celebrate the coming together of Monrovia's architectural heritage with its naturally beautiful setting in River of Time. Incorporating a treasure trove of historical tiles and remnants of glass and rock, the artist creates a mountain and stream, reflecting Monrovia's designation as the "Gem City of the Foothills."
The seven foot tall mountain is sculptural rock and boulders, carved by nature over the millennia. Running water is a stream of glass, leading from mountain to river, which is composed of recognizable local and historical tiles.
Ms. Tang's worked directly with the community on this concept, including the Monrovia SDAR Committee, including Bill Beebe, Mayor Pro Tem Joe Garcia, Vicki Novell, Council Member Becky Shevlin and Coulter Winn.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW AN INTERACTIVE MAP OF THE STATION
STATION SQUARE TRANSIT VILLAGE
The Station Square Transit Village is the proposed development surrounding the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension. The proposed transit-oriented development creates compact living, working and visiting within easy walking distance of transit stations. This area is bounded by Evergreen Road to the north, Shamrock Avenue to the east, Duarte Road to the south, and Magnolia Avenue to the west.
There are three phases within Station Square Transit Village:
Phase 1- Located on the block bounded by Evergreen Road (to the North), Myrtle Avenue (to the East), Duarte Road (to the South) and Magnolia Avenue (to the West).
Phase 2- Located on the block bounded by Evergreen Road (to the North), Shamrock Avenue (to the East), Duarte Road (to the South) and California Avenue (to the West).
Phase 3- Located on the block bounded by Evergreen Road (to the North), California Avenue (to the East), Duarte Road (to the South) and Myrtle Avenue (to the West).
Station Square Transit Village is envisioned as interconnected neighborhoods of residences, commercial buildings (high-tech, bio-tech, lab and R&D), offices and hospitality uses (restaurants and hotel) with an emphasis on public space, green space, pedestrian friendly streetscapes, and transportation alternatives. Station Square after full build-out could create 850,000 square feet of commercial office space, 150,000 square feet of retail space, 3,600 new living units and 4.35 acres of open space.
The heart of the development would encompass a transit hub including the new Monrovia station, a bus transfer terminal and supporting parking facilities. Additionally, the historic Santa Fe Depot (on site since 1926) will be restored and reopened as a transit store, restaurant or some other public use.
To learn more about the City of Monrovia's Station Square Transit Village Development, call or email:
Darlene M. Sanchez, Sr. Project Manager
City of Monrovia
MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS FACILITY
The Maintenance and Operations (M&O) facility will service trains along the 11.5 mile Foothill Extension of the Gold Line. The Facility will service trains when they are not in use. The M&O Facility will be located on a 25-acre lot just north of Duarte Road between California and Shamrock Avenues.
Once completed, the facility will be able to service up to 80 light rail cars at one time. Design for the M&O facility is still in progress. Once the concept plan is completed in the fall of 2012, the City of Monrovia and the Gold Line Construction Authority will begin meeting with residents.
Construction of the facility is scheduled to begin in 2013.