Metrolink’s San Gabriel Valley Plan for 2021

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Sunday, March 20, 2007

On the “Railroad Tracks”

On March 13, the Los Angeles Times ran, “Troubles in Amtrak train cars plague the commuter rail. Amtrak workers say the tracks are dangerously outdated and should be replaced as soon as possible.” The article quoted an Amtrak engineer who said, “The tracks in the tunnel are worn out. They’ve gotten so bad that we have to have the locomotives pull the cars, with all the luggage on them, through the tunnel, even when the cars are full.”

When the L.A. Times published this, the Los Angeles Area Regional Transportation Authority, the region’s transit agency, was preparing to announce $40 million in upgrades to the San Gabriel Valley’s Metrolink system. The announcement came after months of public pressure and opposition to the $70 annual passenger subsidy the authority was planning to continue as planned.

The plan, part of the Valley’s Metrolink system, involves a massive expansion of Metrolink’s existing tracks from Century Station in San Gabriel, through Azusa, San Bernardino, Ontario, and Claremont, to Pasadena, as well as improvements to the existing stations and tunnels. These improvements, part of a plan that has been in the works since 2007, include adding a third track, upgrading existing tracks, and building new platforms.

The improvements, in addition to the expansion of the existing tracks, include:

Addition of a third track to existing Metrolink tracks running from Century Station (north end) to Azusa Station (south end)

Renovations to existing stations and tunnels and construction of a multi-level station at the Claremont Station in La Canada Flintridge

Construction of a new, three-level platform at the Pasadena Station on the Pasadena line

Improvements to existing stations in Ontario

Addition of a fourth track to existing Metrolink tracks running from Century Station to Ontario Station in Ontario

Construction of a new, three-level platform at Ontario Station on the West Hollywood line

Improvements to existing stations and tunnels in the San Gabriel Valley

The cost of these improvements, together with the $40

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