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Construction Begins on I-210 Gold Line Bridge

This rendering of a "linear foot bridge" over the 210 looks kind of futuristic. To see a pic of the existing conditions click on after the jump.

(The following is a press advisory from the Gold Line Foothill Construction Authority.  We usually don’t reprint press releases, or even talk about this rail extension out to the SGV, but I wanted to pass on the news that construction work on the Foothill Extension is well underway.  And, I wanted to see what you thought of the bridge design. – DN)

After nearly a year of design work, permit approvals and hiring of subcontractors, crews will start work on the I-210 Gold Line Bridge next week. The 584-linear foot bridge crosses over the eastbound lanes of the I-210 Freeway between Baldwin and Santa Anita Avenues, and will facilitate connection between the existing Sierra Madre Villa Station in East Pasadena and the future Arcadia Station. It is the first component of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa to move from design to construction.

Over the next few months, crews will clear the center and southern freeway medians, build a 500 foot long temporary retaining wall, and then start work on the massive foundations for the bridge structure. Intermittent late-night closures of the Eastbound I-210 Freeway will be necessary during the year-long bridge construction. The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority will issue regular construction notices to update the community on bridge construction activities and schedules. Read more…

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San Gabriel Valley Home to a Vibrant Cycling Scene, But Few Complete Streets

Located east of Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley is home to over 30 cities and 2 million persons.  A strong recreational cycling scene exists in the region, particularly in the northwest and foothill communities where large, long-standing group rides like the seasonal Rose Bowl ride have been a fixture for decades.

Green Sharrow Lanes are being considered for a section of Mission St. in the heart of South Pasadena’s bustling downtown.

Cycling infrastructure, however, remains scarce, varying widely from city to city.  A few communities like Pasadena have a history of bike planning and advocacy, but still have a long way to go when compared with cities like Long Beach; others such as Temple City have just developed their first Bike Master Plan and hope to tap into state/federal funding to realize more complete streets.  The majority, though, has neither invested in nor seriously considered infrastructure that promotes cycling as a viable form of alternative transportation.

Predictably, the result is that most streets in the west San Gabriel Valley – especially regionally significant arterials such as Huntington, Las Tunas/Main, Garvey, Valley, Rosemead, and Atlantic – are traversed on two wheels by only the most intrepid cyclists.  Often traffic-clogged and expressly designed for motorized traffic, too many of the streets that serve our area’s commercial districts are hostile to community members who might otherwise be open to using a bike to venture into town.

A perfect candidate for a road diet/cycletrack: 4 one-way lanes on Green St. adjacent to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

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A Sustainable Ending for the 710 Tunnel Debate – Let’s Build Light Rail for Everyone

The Orange Line is the proposed light rail line to be built instead of the 710 Connector Project.  Image by Carlos Vazquez

The Orange Line is the proposed light rail line to be built instead of the 710 Connector Project. The other lines are the same color as their name. Image by Carlos Vazquez

The never-ending debate over whether or not to “complete” SR-710 so that it connects with the 210 provides a  great opportunity to create a sustainable option for the 710 Tunnel.  Instead of a tunnel designed to move trucks and cars, we need to create a light rail alternative that connects the region’s biggest job centers with the poorest, transit dependent communities.  Yes, let’s build a light rail alternative between Long Beach and Pasadena!

This public transportation line will connect Pasadena, Alhambra, Monterey Park, East Los Angeles, City of Commerce, Maywood, Bell, South Gate, and Long Beach. This is a much needed North-South connector that can rival the Long Beach Blue line, one on the heaviest used light rail lines in the nation. This rail line will connect the Blue Line, Green Line, and East Los Angeles and Pasadena Gold Lines.  Moving around the region via transit would be much easier and more people would be attracted to our transit system. Read more…

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Scoping Meetings for NEXT Gold Line Foothill Extension Begin Tonight

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While most local transit watchers are focusing on the upcoming Westside Subway Scoping meetings, particularly the one on January 31 in Beverly Hills, another set of transit expansion meetings will begin tomorrow night for the second Foothill Extension for the Gold Line.

This month’s transit expansion meetings will kick off not on the Westside but in the San Gabiel Valley with the environmental scoping hearings for Phase 2B of the Gold Line Foothill Extension.  This phase will run from from Azusa to Montclair, extending the Metro Gold Line 12.6 miles and adding six stations in the cities of  Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont, and Montclair.  You can get the details for the public meetings at the Streetsblog calendar section.

The earliest construction could begin on this line, assuming the Construction Authority manages to get the $400 million the extension would cost after the $100 million allocation expected from Measure R, would be 2015.  At that point the extension would already be completed from Pasadena through Azusa, an extension that began construction last year. Read more…