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Old December 8th, 2014, 06:01 AM   #1421
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ARTIC complex in Anaheim, including big shopping mall and Amtrak/Metrolink station, will open today, with grand celebration scheduled for 13th December:
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http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...=509441&nseq=1


http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...=509445&nseq=0


http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...=509143&nseq=3
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Old December 8th, 2014, 04:35 PM   #1422
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XANADU!
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Old December 8th, 2014, 06:15 PM   #1423
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Old December 8th, 2014, 11:36 PM   #1424
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Clearance testing begins today for Gold Line Foothill Extension project
BY STEVE HYMON ON DECEMBER 8, 2014

After four years of construction, the Gold Line Foothill Extension project will reach a key milestone this morning: for the first time ever, a light rail vehicle will make its way down the tracks as part of clearance testing.

What’s a clearance test? As the name implies, Metro will be towing the light rail vehicle along the new Foothill Extension tracks to ensure that there’s adequate space between the rail car and structures along the tracks — poles that support the wires, bridges, passenger platforms and anything else. It’s a required test for all new rail lines.

“It’s exciting and we’re one step closer to opening the project for the public,” said Metro CEO Art Leahy. “There’s a lot more work to be done but we’re getting closer.”

Leahy said that pre-revenue testing is expected to begin in 10 months and that the project will likely open in spring 2016. “People will look up and see the train and be excited today,” he said, adding “trains are great to watch but people always need to be careful around the tracks because trains are big, heavy and they take time to come to a stop.”

He also thanked the public for voting for Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase that is paying for the Gold Line Foothill Extension project, as well as many other transit and highway projects across Los Angeles County — including four other rail lines currently under construction.

The Gold Line Foothill project is extending the Gold Line for 11.5 miles from the current terminus at Sierra Madre Villa Station in eastern Pasadena to the Azusa/Glendora border with six new stations along the way — downtown Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, downtown Azusa and a final station that will serve Citrus College, Azusa Pacific University, the Rosedale residential development and surrounding neighborhoods. A maintenance yard for Gold Line trains is also being constructed in Monrovia.

The project is being built by the independent Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority. Once construction is done, the project will be handed over to Metro for testing and operator training.

As the clearance testing makes its way east later today, I’ll add more photos.





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Old December 9th, 2014, 08:45 AM   #1425
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Gold Line testing - 2014.12.08

A few more photos were added to the LA Metro website showing clearance testing on Gold Line's San Gabriel Valley extension.


A good view of the new tracks east of Sierra Madre Villa Station in Pasadena. Photo: Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.


The truck and test car on the Gold Line bridge over the eastbound lanes of the 210 freeway in Arcadia. Photo by Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.


The transit plaza at Arcadia Station.


In the station at Arcadia.


Heading east toward downtown Arcadia. Photo by Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.


Passing next to Newcastle Park in Arcadia.


Crossing First Street east of Arcadia Station.


Crossing the bridge over Santa Anita Avenue in Arcadia.


Passing through Monrovia Station.


Headed east past the old Santa Fe depot in Monrovia. Photo: Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.


East of Myrtle and headed toward the new light rail vehicle maintenance campus.


At the intersection of Duarte Road and California Avenue in Monrovia. Photo: Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.


The clearance test car adjacent to the future light rail vehicle maintenance campus. Photo: Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority.

Source: http://thesource.metro.net/2014/12/0...nsion-project/
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Old December 9th, 2014, 11:08 AM   #1426
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Old December 10th, 2014, 12:51 AM   #1427
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I'm soooo excited about this. If outsiders only knew how far that is versus their or other LTR/Metro lines.

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Old December 10th, 2014, 12:55 AM   #1428
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Old December 10th, 2014, 12:58 AM   #1429
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Up-to date map with all phases, completed and under construction.

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Old December 10th, 2014, 02:30 AM   #1430
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LA is building some serious mass transit and that Anaheim Intermodal Center is beautiful!
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Old December 10th, 2014, 12:46 PM   #1431
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Wow really we need this in San Fernando Valley!
Do know more information about this??
http://www.metro.net/projects/east-sfv/

It wasn't very hard to find.

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Old December 10th, 2014, 04:20 PM   #1432
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It's great that LA is finally building out a real mass transit system, but I'm left wondering something.

Maybe it's just the city's urban geography, but the system seems like it's more of an extensive commuter rail than a metro in the usual sense of several, densely-laid, densely-interconnected lines. Do those of you within the city think that that analysis is right, or do you think that, because Los Angeles doesn't have a singularly dense core, this is effectively what a metro would be/is for the city?
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Old December 10th, 2014, 04:52 PM   #1433
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Well I've heard that LA isn't really that dense, save for downtown. So putting in a dense system would only serve so many people.
And when your city is so sprawled out, it makes sense to choose for longer lines in stead of more stations. You can't let the system have too many stations so it would be too slow you know.
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Old December 10th, 2014, 05:52 PM   #1434
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It's great that LA is finally building out a real mass transit system, but I'm left wondering something.

Maybe it's just the city's urban geography, but the system seems like it's more of an extensive commuter rail than a metro in the usual sense of several, densely-laid, densely-interconnected lines. Do those of you within the city think that that analysis is right, or do you think that, because Los Angeles doesn't have a singularly dense core, this is effectively what a metro would be/is for the city?
Its the distances, for one. That's why I said in my first post above, if people only knew the distances that this system covers.

I believe the planers did he right thing. Start with an "octopus" type of system, due to the geography and distances, to unite the far flung communities, having Downtown LA as the anchor.

Later you will star seeing the "fill". Connections between those lines to star forming a web. Something like what the Crenshaw/LAX line is intending to do.
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Old December 12th, 2014, 10:29 AM   #1435
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Old December 14th, 2014, 02:30 AM   #1436
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Why was part of a bridge or wall blurred when the train crossed it? Profane graffiti?
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Old December 16th, 2014, 11:26 PM   #1437
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Now the big question...on the East LA side, which route extension will they take?
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Old December 17th, 2014, 01:33 AM   #1438
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Honestly transit planners should seriously consider extending both the Gold and Green Lines to Montebello/Commerce Metrolink station and to the Norwalk-Santa Fe Metrolink station respectively. That way the Metrolink commuter rail service can more effectively feed into the system and act as a regional rail service similar to SEPTA's Regional Rail system in Philadelphia, the RER in Paris, or Germany's various S-Bahn systems.
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San Fernando Valley needs to get some of this too.



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Old December 19th, 2014, 03:49 AM   #1440
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A new pedestrian tunnel is being built to connect North Hollywood Red Line metro station and North Hollywood Orange Line BRT station. The underpass means pedestrians will no longer have to cross busy Lankershim Blvd.



Bitchy blog posting here: http://la.streetsblog.org/2014/12/16...and-red-lines/
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