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LA Metro breaks ground on 12-mile Gold Line extension

Officials gather at Citrus College in Glendora on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, for the ceremonial groundbreaking on the Gold Line extension that will stretch to Montclair.
Officials gather at Citrus College in Glendora on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, for the ceremonial groundbreaking on the Gold Line extension that will stretch to Montclair.
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Officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking Saturday morning for the latest expansion of Los Angeles County's growing light rail system.

The event at Citrus College in Glendora celebrated the start of work on a $1.5 billion, 12.3-mile extension of the Metro Gold Line from Azusa in the eastern San Gabriel Valley to Montclair in western San Bernardino County.

The extension will have six stations. 

A map of the Gold Line extension from Azusa to Montclair.
A map of the Gold Line extension from Azusa to Montclair.
Courtesy of LA Metro

The next three years of the project will be spent relocating utilities, hiring the design-build team and finalizing the engineering plans, according to LA Metro. The agency expects to complete major construction in 2026 and open the extension in 2027.

Other big projects underway include a downtown Los Angeles connector to allow rides across the system without changing trains, a subway extension and a light rail line extension near Los Angeles International Airport that is expected to eventually link to an LAX people mover.

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