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Construction To Begin In October For Gold Line Extension To Claremont

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Metro approved the budget to extend the Gold Line from Azusa all the way to Claremont, with groundbreaking set for October. The extension will be the first project to start construction since the Measure M half-cent transportation increase was approved by Los Angeles County voters last November. The 11.5 mile extension will include new stations in Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, and Claremont. Metro is planning to utilize other funds to add one extra station in Montclair, pending approval, according to Metro's blog The Source. The Montclair station is just outside L.A. Metro's jurisdiction, according to KPCC, making it ineligible for Measure M funding.

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The Gold Line extension route. (Photo via Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority)
The first Gold Line extension to Azusa opened last March, quickly adding thousands of new riders to the Metro route. At the time, it connected the San Gabriel Valley to Downtown and East L.A. via rail for the first time in 50 years. The forthcoming extension will also connect to Metrolink's San Bernardino line at the planned Pomona, Claremont, and Montclair stations.

Metro plans to open the extension by 2027. Once in use, a trip from Montclair to Pasadena will take around 40 minutes, while a trip from Montclair all the way into Downtown L.A. will take around 75 minutes.