MONROVIA, Calif., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Below is a compilation of recent stories that ran in a variety of print and on-line media outlets throughout the region about the influence the Foothill Gold Line light rail project has had on the region; including the front-page stories featured in the Southern California News Group papers (Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and Los Angeles Daily News). The stories cover different topics, including: the historic ridership levels reached on the Gold Line system; the Construction Authority's effort to ready the Glendora to Montclair segment for construction; and the impact the light rail system has had on the regional economy, real estate development, higher education and community planning.
The Construction Authority is currently seeking $1.2 billion to build the 12.3-mile Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair. The majority of the funding is expected to come from Measure M (the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan), the half-cent sales tax measure placed on tomorrow's ballot by Los Angeles County Metro. If approved by voters, the extension of the Foothill Gold Line to the county line in Claremont will be one of the first projects to break ground under the measure.
About the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority – The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority is an independent transportation planning and construction agency created in 1998 by the California State Legislature to plan, design and build the Metro Gold Line light rail system from Union Station to Montclair, along the Foothills of the San Gabriel Valley. The agency completed the first segment from Union Station to Pasadena in 2003 and the Pasadena to Azusa segment in 2015; both on time and under budget. The agency began work on the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair in 2006. The project was environmentally cleared in 2013 and completed the draft set of Advanced Conceptual Engineering in September 2016. The six-station extension will be ready to break ground as early as next year. The Construction Authority is seeking the $1.2 billion needed to build the extension; the majority of which is anticipated to come from the Los Angeles County sales tax measure - Measure M - on the November 8, 2016 ballot.