Published : Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 7:05 PM
Pasadena residents would soon be able to travel farther east by light rail train, and more people from communities east could come and shop and dine in here, as soon as a proposed extension of the Foothill Gold Line is completed in the not too distant future.
The 12.3-mile six-station extension will be from Glendora to Montclair, and will be funded by Measures M and R in Los Angeles County, Measure I in San Bernardino County, and California’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, an SB1 program that receives proceeds from the Cap and Trade auction and the recent gas tax increase, a Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority statement said Thursday.
The statement said major construction should begin in early 2020, with Phase 1 consisting of rebuilding and relocating the current freight and Metrolink systems, and Phase 2 consisting of building the light rail system. Completion is expected in 2026.
The Authority added the Glendora-to-Montclair project could generate nearly 17,000 jobs, more than $2.6 billion in economic output, more than $1 billion in labor income and nearly $40 million in tax revenues.
The statement said four design-building teams vying for the Glendora to Montclair Alignment Design-Build Contract have submitted proposals after each of them were provided tens of thousands of pages of engineering and project information over the last several months.
Each proposal includes the team’s technical approach to completing the design and construction of the project, their management method, proposed key personnel, and their financial bid.
Six committees composed of transportation and industry experts, attorneys, financial professionals and partner agencies will review the proposals and are expected to release overall ratings and recommendations to the Authority in weeks, the statement said.
“The Construction Authority will once again use a ‘best value’ approach to evaluating the proposals,” Construction Authority CEO Habib F. Balian said. “Best value allows us to judge the team’s technical merits and approach, as well as their bid price, and judge both critical evaluation factors as approximately equally important; ensuring we are able to hire a highly qualified team at the right price.”
In response to a Request for Qualifications issued in November 2017, seven teams submitted Statements of Qualification, and four teams were deemed most qualified and shortlisted; these are the AECOM-Stacy and Witbeck joint venture, Herzog Rados Lane Joint Venture,Kiewit-Parsons, and the San Gabriel Valley Transit Partners (STP), a joint venture of Fluor and Ames.
The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority, created in 1998 by the California State Legislature to plan, design and build the Metro Gold Line light rail system, completed the first segment from Union Station to Pasadena in 2003, and the Pasadena to Azusa segment in 2015.
The agency began work on the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair in 2003. The project was environmentally cleared under CEQA in March 2013 and completed advanced conceptual engineering in 2016.
In April this year, the project received nearly $300 million from the state’s Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program. State funds will be used to fill the estimated funding gap needed to complete the project in both counties, the Authority said.