Foothill Gold Line Arcadia station

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We're still months away from any actual train service but the dedication this morning (Saturday, August 22, 2015) of the Arcadia Foothill Gold Line station means there is nothing left to do except get the train cars delivered and start the service that will extend the light rail option 11.5 miles from Pasadena to Azusa. . The closest we got to a start date - which in the past year has been said to be anywhere from March 2016 to January 2017 … [Read more...]

Video: Train leaving Arcadia station

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Well, the train has left the station, or at least it did several times late Friday evening from the new Arcadia station as you wil see in the video below. The Foothill Gold Line station will be dedicated in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. The two new train cars recently delivered from Japan via Lancaster and the multiple complex and heavy crossing gates on First Avenue were being tested last night, Aug. 7, 2015, between Arcadia and … [Read more...]

Lanes closed, Santa Anita, Huntington

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Two major Arcadia thoroughfares will be reduced to a single lane Monday, July 20: Westbound Huntington Drive at Fifth Avenue will be reduced to a single lane from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for construction. Local businesses will be accessible. Santa Anita Avenue at the Gold Line bridge south of Colorado Avenue will have one lane closed in one or both directions during additional 1bridge work from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday all week July 20 - … [Read more...]

Gold Line station dedication Aug 22

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Although passenger train service will not be available in Arcadia until at least spring of 2016 or possibly much later for a full schedule of service, the train station for the Foothill Gold Line extension on Santa Clara Street at First Avenue will be dedicated this year, on Saturday, August 22. Construction of the entire 11.5 mile route of the electric light rail line from eastern Pasadena to Azusa is 95% complete and testing of the … [Read more...]

Gold Line Operations Campus unveiled

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The quarter-billion dollar 24-acre Gold Line Operations Campus in Monrovia was unveiled this morning that showcased the first-ever Gold Level LEED-certified project of this type, featuring state-of-the-art environmental-friendly elements. Among them, a whopping 714 frame-less solar panels configured on canopies that could power dozens of homes. The $265 million campus (only 20 acres are being used in order to allow neighbor 3M Unitek to keep … [Read more...]

Friday detours at mall, track

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Extra holiday traffic around Westfield Santa Anita mall coinciding with the opening day of horse racing at neighboring Santa Anita Park will spark some road closures this Friday, Dec. 26. The Arcadia Police Department issued the following alert: The mall can be accessed off Baldwin Avenue and Huntington Drive. Shoppers may see gate closures inside Gate 8 (north of JC Penney) and best times for arriving or departing the mall would be earlier … [Read more...]

Gold Line passes track test; March 2016?

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Testing of the recently completed tracks of the Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail line from Pasadena to Azusa have been completed with success this week, with trains tested at speeds of up to 55 mph and adjustments made so that they clear all station platforms along the route, including Arcadia. (videos below... courtesy of Gold Line - photos at right courtesy of San Gabriel Valley Tribune) All stations and grade-level road crossing along … [Read more...]

Gold Line final rail laid

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The final rail of the 11.5 mile foothill extension of the Gold Line was installed in a dignitary-filled ceremony in Azusa Oct. 18. Unanimous praise was paid to the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority for completing the rail line ahead of schedule and under budget. This leaves a couple of additional steps before the line is operational. Additional completion ceremonies are expected in 2015 as train stations are completed and … [Read more...]