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News » International » Green light for $1.4bn Californian metro project » published 28 Jun 2017

Green light for $1.4bn Californian metro project

A US$1.4bn (£1.1bn) budget has been approved to extend to extend the Metro Gold Line in California another 18.5km east to Claremont.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) board also approved partnership agreements to establish a funding plan and shared roles and responsibilities between Metro and the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority, the agency that will build the extension.

The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority has obtained environment clearance for project and completed advanced engineering for the entire alignment. It expects to award its first contract for advance utility relocation later this year. The project’s official groundbreaking is planned for October, with plans to open to the public by 2027.

Metro will fund the portion of the new segment from Glendora to Claremont within Los Angeles County. Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority plans to use other funding to complete the line to Montclair in San Bernardino County as part of the overall project.

The extension will be the first rail line to begin construction from a multitude of new transit projects funded by Metro’s ‘Measure M’ half-cent transportation sales tax approved by LA County voters in November 2016.

“This second phase of the Foothill Gold Line is truly significant because it’s the very first Measure M transit project out of the gate,” said John Fasana, Metro Board chair and mayor pro tem for the city of Duarte. “It will establish the early momentum we need to launch our ambitious new traffic improvement plan that will yield tremendous transportation benefits for the entire Los Angeles County area.”

Under the terms of the funding agreement, Metro will use Measure M and other local and state funds to pay for construction.

 

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This article was published on 28 Jun 2017 (last updated on 28 Jun 2017).

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