A Photo Essay of a Tour of the Gold Line Foothill Extension: Part II • Long Beach Post

In this photo essay, we will explore the Foothill Gold Line’s magnificent Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Facility, currently under construction in Monrovia.


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Earlier this week, Streetsblog’s Damien Newton and Aviv Kleinman joined a behind-the-scenes tour of the Gold Line Phase II under construction in the San Gabriel Valley. We joined Albert Ho, head of Media Relations for the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, and Jeff Rowland, the Community Relations Manager for the  Kiewit-Parsons Joint Venture, the constructors of the project. Part 1 of the series documented the rail corridor and stations.

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For those just joining us, the Gold Line is a 19.7 mile light rail line running from East Los Angeles to Pasadena via Union Station in Downtown L.A. The line currently serves 21 stations, and is operated by Metro. The Gold Line Foothill Extension will extend from its current terminus, in East Pasadena at Sierra Madre Villa, to Azusa. The 11.3-mile new extension includes 6 new stations. The extension will serve five cities directly, and it is proposed to transform the San Gabriel Valley entirely. Once bounded by distress of being caught in freeway gridlock, San Gabriel Valley residents will now have the freedom to commute by rail into Downtown L.A. and endless locations from there by using the new Gold Line extension.

M&O Campus

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Though most of the track along the line utilizes state-of-the-art concrete rail ties, classic wooden ties are used at switches along the track, and there are 56 switches in the M&O facility. According to Rowland, wooden ties are used in spots that it may be necessary to adjust the rail by even just a few millimeters. Concrete ties last longer, but rails cannot be adjusted as easily along them as with wood.

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Newly delivered Bumping Posts wait for their installation. Bumping Posts are installed at the ends of rail stubs, readily accepting the immense impact of trains that do not stop where they’re supposed to.

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