Gold Line Light Rail

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The City of Arcadia is the first stop along the 11.5 mile Gold Line Foothill Extension. The light rail extension connects Pasadena to the cities of Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa, and their surrounding communities.  The light rail extension from Pasadena to Azusa broke ground on June 26, 2010 and has reached the substantial completion in September 2015. On September 23, 2015, the line was turned over to Metro for testing and pre-revenue service. Passenger service began on the Gold Line Foothill Extension on March 5, 2016.

Additional information: http://www.metrogoldline.org/

Arcadia Station and Transit Plaza

The Arcadia Gold Line Station is located on the northwest corner of First Avenue and Santa Clara Street, a short block away from the City’s main commercial area on Huntington Drive and adjacent to the Arcadia Transit Plaza. A 300-parking structure for the Gold Line station is located on Santa Clara Street a few hundred feet east from the Station.

The City-owned Arcadia Transit Plaza sits between the Station and the Gold Line parking structure. From the start, the City envisioned that the Transit Plaza would complement the Gold Line Arcadia Station by providing an open space that connects the parking structure, bus stops, bicycle facilities and pedestrian facilities leading to the station.  In 2009, the City competed for and received funding from Metro for the enhancement of the 14,000 square foot triangular area.  With the additions of Federal funds through the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, and City’s local match, the City was able to provide a transit plaza of which the community could be proud.

 website station

Gold Line Santa Anita Bridge

The Gold Line bridge over Santa Anita Avenue is a new addition in Arcadia. The Santa Anita Bridge has been paid for by the citizens of Arcadia. The railroad crossing at Santa Anita Avenue did not meet the federal’s warrant for a grade separation. However, the City Council at that time did not feel that the Gold Line at-grade crossing at Santa Anita met the “Arcadia standards.” Therefore, the City Council approved Measure A to be placed on the April 2006 ballot.  Measure A would authorize the City of Arcadia to issue up to $8 million in general obligation bonds to partially fund the grade separation of the Gold Line Foothill Extension line at Santa Anita Avenue. The payment of the General Obligation Bonds would be through a tax assessment on Arcadia properties. On April 11, 2006, the residents of Arcadia overwhelmingly voted for Measure A. The measure received 72% yes votes when only two thirds yes vote (66.6%) was necessary to pass it.  The cost of the Santa Anita Bridge is about $12.5 million which is supplemented with Metro Proposition A/C transportation funds.

Santa Anita Bridge