Foothill Gold Lines Next Segment Is Completed
The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority board of directors recently approved the advanced conceptual engineering (ACE) draft documents. They are for the 12.3-mile, six-station Foothill Gold Line light rail project from Glendora to Montclair. Engineering for the project began in fall 2014, and took about 35 thousand man hours and $15 million to complete.
The approval is a milestone in the agency’s effort to ready the $1.2 billion light rail segment for construction as early as next year. The draft documents will now be distributed to the corridor cities, as well as key agencies, including Los Angeles County Metro, Metro Link, and the San Bernardino Associated Governments, for a 60-day review and comment period. Those comments will be put into a verification set for a final review next spring.
Habib F. Balian, CEO of the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority explains “Last night’s approval is the culmination of more than two years of work, which brought the design level for the project to about 30 percent, with some elements designed to 50 percent.” Habib explains the project “Is the level we believe is appropriate to allow future design-build teams a good understanding of the project, so they can limit the contingency added to the bid price for unknowns.”
The ACE documents contain more than 700 pages of engineering drawings detailing all elements of the light rail project. 14 categories of project components are covered in the document. With the entire 12.3-mile corridor shared with freight, the drawings also detail the location for the freight track relocation to make room for the two new light rail tracks.
“We have taken lessons learned from the first two segments of the line and integrated them into the design for the Glendora to Montclair segment,” added Balian. “All stations will be able to be accessed from all sides, all will have center platforms for ease of use, we will be building four times the number of parking spaces than the last segment, and we will be installing fare gates at each station – to mention just a few of the improvements.”
Residual Measure R funding from the Pasadena to Azusa segment was used for the engineering work for the Glendora to Montclair extension. Construction of the new extension is estimated to cost $1.2 billion with the majority of the funding anticipated to come from Measure M, a half-cent sales tax measure being placed on the Nov. 2016 ballot by Los Angeles County Metro. If approved by voters in November, the Foothill Gold Line will be one of the first projects in the measure to break ground.