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Foothill Gold Line construction from Pasadena to Azusa complete

The Azusa Downtown Station is part of the Foothill Gold Line extension.
The Azusa Downtown Station is part of the Foothill Gold Line extension.
Foothill Gold Line
The Azusa Downtown Station is part of the Foothill Gold Line extension.
Azusa Downtown station at Saturday's dedication.
Foothill Gold Line
The Azusa Downtown Station is part of the Foothill Gold Line extension.
Azusa Mayor Joe Rocha speaks at Saturday's dedication ceremony in Azusa.
The Azusa Downtown Station is part of the Foothill Gold Line extension.
Azusa Downtown station.
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The Azusa Downtown Station is part of the Foothill Gold Line extension.
Elected officials, along with officials in higher education and transportation, joined close to 1000 community members and the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority to dedicate the Azusa Downtown Station and APU/Citrus College Station.
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The Azusa Downtown Station is part of the Foothill Gold Line extension.
APU/Citrus College station is one of two stations in Azusa.
Foothill Gold Line
The Azusa Downtown Station is part of the Foothill Gold Line extension.
Artwork at Azusa Citrus College/APU station
Foothill Gold Line
The Azusa Downtown Station is part of the Foothill Gold Line extension.
Azusa Downtown station is one of two stations in Azusa.
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Construction on the Gold Line Extension from Pasadena to Azusa has been completed, but you still can't take the light rail to get your dumpling fix in Arcadia. The line won't open to the public for about six months as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority conducts testing on the tracks.

The new stretch of the Gold Line includes six new stops beyond its current terminus at Sierra Madre Villa in Pasadena:

Azusa, the only city with two stops in the six-station project, hosted a dedication ceremony for the Azusa Downtown and APU/Citrus College stations Saturday. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx8t-CAihmo

You can see a video of how the artwork was built and installed for the Azusa Downtown station below. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-qW66sVE1k

The $515 million contract completed by Foothill Transit Constructors over the last four years included design and construction of six new stations, the 24-acre Operations Campus, 28 miles of light rail track, four miles of relocated freight track, two dozen bridges, 14 street crossings, all power and systems elements, testing of the line, and more, according to the construction authority.

"The Foothill Transit Constructors team did an outstanding job designing and constructing the light rail project," said Construction Authority CEO Habib F. Balian at the conference. "It is unusual for a billion dollar public infrastructure project to come in on time and on budget, but they were partners with the Construction Authority from the start and I am pleased to say we ended as partners as well."

In June 2010 the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa broke ground, resulting in 2.4 million work hours logged and an estimated 7,000 jobs created, according to the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.

"It's been five years of solid construction," Balian told KPCC last week. "We've gone through all the hurdles of getting through the community and the planning and design."

In the coming days Metro expects to begin pre-revenue service, which is a phase of training for operators, emergency responders and the community.

An exact opening date for passenger service has not been set, but Metro anticipates spring 2016.

After the track for the extension reached a completion milestone last year, Foothill Gold Line shared the following video of the rail journey from Arcadia to Azusa:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GElnDfyHr4

The next phase of the Foothill Gold Line is planned for Azusa to Montclair, though it has not yet been funded. It could be part of a planned sales tax increase L.A. MTA hopes to put on the ballot in 2016.