Gold Line Foothill Extension Preview Ride from Pasadena to Azusa

The view from the cab of the Gold Line test train westbound into Downtown Azusa Station. All photos by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

Today, Metro hosted its first press preview for journalists to ride the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension. The 12-mile project includes 6 new stations. It will open on March 5th.

The 12-mile Foothill Gold Line Extension will open March 5, 2016. Image via Metro
Foothill Gold Line Extension map via Metro

Overall the ride was smooth. The train departed Pasadena’s Sierra Madre Station, stopped very briefly at the intermediate five stations, but did not open doors until it arrived just 20 minutes later at the Azusa Pacific University/Citrus College Station at the eastern edge of Azusa.

After the jump, find a photo and video tour of the Foothill Extension.

Approaching the Tongva basket bridge over the 210 Freeway
Arcadia Station

Gold Line train arriving at Monrovia Station



Irwindale Station

Gold Line train ride through Azusa




The terminus station of the initial phase of the Foothill Extension is the Azusa Pacific University/Citrus College Station
Metro CEO Phil Washington interviewed at the APU/Citrus station
Industrial brewery in Irwindale viewed from the Gold Line
There are a number of historic station buildings visible from the train. This is the old Monrovia station building.

Gold Line train returning westbound through San Gabriel Valley




The 210 Freeway bridge viewed from the train cab
The new Kinkysharyo rail cars have video monitors that display upcoming station stops
The new Kinkysharyo light rail cars have video monitors that display upcoming station stops

The grand opening for the new Foothill Extension will take place on March 5. The passenger service timetable [PDF] (link updated 2/18) has been posted online. For a tour of the then-under-construction Gold Line Extension, see the 2014 SBLA series of articles on the rail line, transit-adjacent developmentbridges, and maintenance yards.

  • Alex Brideau III

    I like the upcoming station monitors. Looks like the design work is still very rudimentary. I wonder when Metro’s Design Studio will get to clean it up.

  • Wonderful! Now it’s time to expedite the segment out to Claremont or Montclair, whichever they ultimately decide. Not sure if ultimately going all the way to KONT is really the best option, though.

  • Not going to ONT because SANBAG has nixed that. As for Part 2B, only if Measure E (for “eases traffic”…yes, seriously!) passes in the fall. And it needs to go to the 1600 space surface parking utopia that is Montlclair or you can kiss Claremont Village goodbye. #hideandride

  • User_1

    That extension would be nice to see. I’m looking at doing rides from the end of the Gold Line. BTW, you haven’t seen the bike racks at Arcadia yet have you? There are suppose to be some hipster curve tubes coming out of the ground with a little loop at the end. I want to see these before they pull them out. My idea is that somewhere in the upper management is not going to digs these things and get them pulled. Maybe it was a good thing you guys didn’t stop at the stations. I seriously doubt anyone on the train is ever going to ride it again.

  • calwatch

    It will be interesting to see how the parking lots fill. Although everyone expects Expo lots to fill within a month or two, I would not be surprised if Gold Line lots, especially since they are free, fill faster than that. 35 minutes from Citrus Avenue to Old Town Pasadena is easily 20 minutes faster than driving most mornings.


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