June 13, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At their regularly scheduled meeting last night, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority (Construction Authority) board of directors voted unanimously to oppose the Measure R Expenditure Plan and Measure R Ordinance Amendments as proposed by Metro.
The Amendments are being proposed to allow Metro to accelerate funding to five Measure R transit projects ahead of the year approved by voters in 2008. The changes would only take affect if Metro is able to secure close to
in federal funding and grants for one or more of the Measure R transit capital projects. Metro is circulating the amendments for comment and plans to hold a public hearing on the matter on
"We are very disappointed and frustrated that Metro continues to blatantly ignore the voter mandate, which clearly defined the Gold Line Foothill Extension project from
," explains board chairman and Glendora councilman
. "Metro has yet again disregarded the request by the Construction Authority to update information in their Measure R Expenditure Plan to include an accurate cost estimate to complete the project to
. As shown in their plan amendment, the project will end in
Earlier this year, as required by statute, the Construction Authority board approved an updated expenditure plan for the Foothill Extension project. The updated project-level expenditure plan took into account the latest information known about the project, following significant study and planning completed since Measure R was approved in 2008.
"We have a much better idea what the total project will truly cost," added chairman Tessitor. "We have now awarded all contracts for the
segment and have recently completed extensive environmental studies of the
segment. Together, this information allowed us to provide Metro a more accurate estimate for use as they update their overall expenditure plan. Unfortunately, they have chosen not to include the information in their proposed amendment."
The proposed Measure R Expenditure Plan Amendment includes a total estimated cost for the Foothill Extension project of
, significantly less than the actual cost estimate (
) to complete the project to
. The plan also includes an expected project completion of 2015-17, only reflecting completion of the first half of the project to
. The Construction Authority's plan estimates completion to
The Construction Authority board's action will now be sent as official comments on the proposed Amendments. The Metro board is scheduled to hold a public hearing at their upcoming board meeting on
SOURCE Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority