Historic Day: Community Celebrates Last Of Gold Line Stations

Workers displayed the Kinkisharyo P3010 rail cars at the Azusa Downtown Station Saturday, September 19. The rail cars are assembled in Palmdale, California. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.

It has taken nearly seven years, $1 billion and much toil and dedication, but the communities of Azusa and Glendora both celebrated the dedication of two light rail stations for the soon-to-be-launched Gold Line Foothill Extension.

The ceremony took place Saturday morning at the Azusa Downtown Station and also celebrated the Citrus College/APU Station. It was a packed house at the dedication with residents and political dignitaries from the region making an appearance.

Council members from Glendora and Azusa were present, as well as the Citrus College Board of Trustees, state Senator Ed Hernandez (22nd), Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (32nd), Congresswoman Judy Chu (27th) Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were on hand at the dedications.

“This is history in the making. We have anticipated this day for such a long time. It’s the culmination of so much hard work for many in our communities,” said Judy Chu.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich (right) and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis (left) give a commendation to the Foothill Extension Construction Authority for years of dedication. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
Metro representative and former Glendora Council member commends the City of Azusa for its work in welcoming the Gold Line to the city. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
Congresswoman Judy Chu (27th) talks about the importance of transportation alternatives at the Gold Line Foothill Extension station dedication ceremonies, Sept. 19. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
Workers displayed the Kinkisharyo P3010 rail cars at the Azusa Downtown Station Saturday, September 19. The rail cars are assembled in Palmdale, California. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti addresses the crowd about the the teamwork between political representatives to help get the Gold Line to Azusa. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
Gold Line Foothill Extension CEO Habib Balian addresses the crowd at the Gold Line station dedication. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
State Senator Ed Hernandez delivered a certificate of recognition to the city of Azusa Saturday, September 19. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
Workers displayed the Kinkisharyo P3010 rail cars at the Azusa Downtown Station Saturday, September 19. The rail cars are assembled in Palmdale, California. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
Citrus College/APU Station artist Lynn Goodpasture talks to a local resident. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
Representative Grace Napolitano (32nd) speaks to the crowd just outside the Azusa Downtown Station for the Gold Line Foothill Extension. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
Citrus College Superintendent/President Geraldine Perri mentions the importance of where the Foothill Extension is today and the greater importance of Phase 2B to Claremont. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
All the political dignitaries in attendance at the station dedication gathered to cheer on the push for a Gold Line extension to Ontario. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
Guests got to take part in games to win special prizes handed out by Metro staff. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
Workers displayed the Kinkisharyo P3010 rail cars at the Azusa Downtown Station Saturday, September 19. The rail cars are assembled in Palmdale, California. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
Glendora Planning Commissioner Cliff Hamlow talks about the need to extend the Gold Line to Claremont and eventually Ontario Saturday, September 19. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
A walkway leading to the Azusa Downtown Station is flanked with a large arch adorned with the city's name. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
Station artwork by Lynn Goodpasture was on display at the station dedication. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
Metro CEO Phil Washington speaks to the crowd of area residents and local dignitaries a the Station Dedication Ceremony Saturday, September 19. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.
Azusa Mayor Joe Rocha speaks to the large crowd at the Azusa Gold Line Station ceremonies Saturday, Sept. 19. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.

Residents were treated to view examples of station artwork from artists Lynn Goodpasture (the APU/Citrus College Station) and Jose Aguirre (Azusa Downtown Station).

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had high praise for the Foothill Extension Construction Authority for their hard work and planning throughout Phase 2A’s inception and near completion.

“The moment I was elected, they came and talked to me.”[They have] done a really amazing job,” Garcetti said. “We expect about 66,000 people per day to benefit from this expansion, but whenever we try to estimate how many people ride one of our lines, we always exceed that.”

The extension is expected to be turned over for pre-revenue testing later in September. When that happens, Metro authorities are expected to announce an official date for service to begin in spring of 2016, said Phil Washington, Metro CEO.

“This represents the future,” said Azusa Mayor Joe Roacha. “You are going to remember that you are here. When you are getting on the train, you are going to tell your kids and family that [you] were here the day they dedicated this station.”

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