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March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At their meeting last night, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority (Construction Authority) board of directors approved the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project from
Montclair. The 12.3-mile light rail extension includes future stations in the cities of
Montclair; as well as two new grade-separated crossings (at
Lone Hill in
Glendora and Towne Avenue in
Pomona). The project would extend light rail service between
Los Angeles and
San Bernardino Counties, terminating the line at the multi-modal TransCenter in
Montclair where multiple bus lines from throughout
San Bernardino County and Metrolink already connect. The proposed extension is planned to run mostly at street level and parking is planned at each station.
"This is an important next step in our effort to connect
Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire by light rail and a very exciting milestone," said
Doug Tessitor, Chairman of the Construction Authority board of directors. "The Construction Authority is steadfastly committed to completing our mission of building the Gold Line out to
Montclair, and hopefully further to Ontario Airport. Our decision last night allows us to move forward with designing the project as we seek funding to build the line east of
The Foothill Extension from
Montclair is part of the county-wide program of rail service expansion made possible by the passage of Measure R in 2008. One of several rail projects approved by voters in 2008, the Foothill Extension from
Montclair is being planned and built in two segments –
Azusa (currently under construction) and
Montclair. Measure R provides
$810 million for the 24-mile project; however, completing the project from
Montclair will need approximately twice that amount.
"We continue to have overwhelming support from our corridor cities and our elected officials at all levels," added Tessitor. "The board is committed to working through all unresolved issues as we continue to work through the details of this important and large-scale project and start to design elements. We truly appreciate the open communication and working relationship we have with our regional and city partners."