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Full Funding for 11 Miles of Gold Line Extension Approved, Groundbreaking in June

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Funding for the first phase of the Gold Line Foothill Extension was approved this morning by the Metro Board of Directors, setting in motion work that will allow for a June groundbreaking. Today's vote moved $690 million, raised from the voter-approved Measure R sales tax, to the coffers of the Gold Line Construction Authority, which will build 11.3 miles of light rail track, extending the line from Pasadena to Azusa, generally along the 210 freeway.

Six stations will be built in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, and Azusa (where two stations will be built).

After the this phase is completed, sights will be set on the second phase, connecting the train to Montclair, which would be an estimated 40-minute ride to Pasadena and 75-minute one to downtown Los Angeles. Cities served during the second phase would be Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Claremont, and Montclair. A link to the Ontario Airport, which is owned by the city of Los Angeles, is under study.