SGV Connect #1 – Gold Line Foothill Extension 2b with Habib Balian


Welcome to the first episode of SGV Connect, the podcast formerly known as #DamienTalksSGV, covering the issues, places, people and events that impact mobility in the San Gabriel Valley.

In this week’s episode, Damien Newton interviews Habib Balian, the CEO of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority. Following a successful meeting earlier this week for potential contractors for construction, it seemed a good time to check back in on the next extension of the Gold Line.

The Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair will extend the Metro Gold Line 12.3 miles and add stations in the cities of Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont, and Montclair. A project groundbreaking is scheduled for October this year, and construction is expected to be complete in 2025.

SGV Connect is supported by Foothill Transit, offering car-free travel throughout the San Gabriel Valley with connections to the new Gold Line Stations across the Foothills and Commuter Express lines traveling into the heart of downtown L.A. To plan your trip, visit Foothill Transit. “Foothill Transit. Going Good Places.”

  • Damien: The tunnel boring machine that broke through this week was not for the Purple Line.

    As for this extension: It will not end gridlock in Los Angeles. Nothing can short of tolling each and every limited access highway (“freeways” in the local nomenclature).
    I wish decisionmakers would get this into their thinking.

  • Yeah, I totally mis-spoke in the interview. Didn’t want to edit it out since it was in the middle of a statement and connected the other two points. Thanks for the poke.