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Claremont Station

The Claremont Station is part of the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair. The station is located approximately where the current Metrolink Station is located today, and the Metrolink station will be relocated east of College Avenue, near the parking. The Foothill Gold Line station will be a center platform station, with light rail tracks on either side. A 1,260-space shared parking facility will be provided for both the Gold Line and Metrolink. Accommodations for bus, bike and pedestrian amenities will also be provided.

Once completed, four tracks will run through the city of Claremont - two light rail tracks on the north side for the Gold Line, and two Metrolink/freight tracks on the south.

The Construction Authority is now preparing the project for a design-build procurement and groundbreaking. During this period, engineers are reviewing all elements of the project to refine the information needed to finalize design and build the light rail extension. In 2015-16, the city-selected station artist developed her public art concepts for the station, as well as deciding on colors and materials. As the project moves into the final design and construction, the station artist will once again be brought on (this time as part of the design-build team) to finalize design, fabricate and install the artwork at the station.

The Claremont station location was approved through the environmental review process, which was completed and certified in March 2013 (click here to view Final EIR). The current engineering phase will result in us knowing more details about the design for the future station and parking. Learn more about the current phase for this and other Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair stations - click here.

For more information on the artist and artwork, click here for the latest station fact sheet.

About the Artist

Joyce Kohl is an accomplished artist based in Altadena, California with experience in cast iron and metal sculpturing. In 2004, she completed a major sculpture utilizing cast iron artifacts from farming, shipping and industrial machinery for a Park & Ride in DuPont, Washington. Other work includes a set of sculptures for the San Joaquin Valley Centennial Celebration of the two major industries in the area – farming and oil. Joyce also designed and created the tile and sculptural AIDS Wall in Zimbabwe.

Joyce graduated with a Masters of Art from California State University Fullerton and is the past recipient of the Fulbright-African Regional Research Grant, Zimbabwe, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.

Based on her preliminary design concept, Joyce was selected by the city of Claremont’s Station Design and Art Review (SDAR) Committee, later ratified by the city council, in 2005. As the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair continues to move from planning to reality, Joyce will take her preliminary design concept and work with the SDAR Committee and Claremont community, to advance her design concept further.*

For more information on the artist and artwork, click here for the latest station fact sheet.

Funding Status

The Construction Authority completed an updated project estimate for building the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair in 2017. The updated estimate was based on the draft advanced conceptual engineering (completed in September 2016) and subsequent constructability reviews that incorporated several constraints on construction by Metrolink and corridor cities. The reviews concluded the project would likely be built in two major construction phases – first the relocation/rebuilding of the freight and Metrolink tracks and Claremont Metrolink station and then construction of the light rail system.

The detailed constructability reviews also concluded that the project will likely take an additional two years to build than assumed in preliminary estimates for the project completed earlier in the planning process. The additional construction time is due to the complicated nature of the work ahead and the fact that the project is really two projects in one, adding costs associated with the extended timeline of construction and new prevailing and minimum wage increases that will take effect during the construction period. With this more detailed understanding of the project, the project estimate was updated in 2017 to $1.476 billion ($1.4 billion in Los Angeles County and $70 million to extend the line from Claremont to Montclair) from the earlier estimate of $1.216 billion.

The project is being built in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties and will be funded locally. It is anticipated that the majority of the funds needed to complete the Los Angeles County portion will come from the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan (Measure M), a half-cent sales tax measure approved by Los Angeles County voters in November 2016 that took effect on July 1, 2017, along with residual funds from the Pasadena to Azusa segment that was completed on time and under budget. San Bernardino County has not identified where their portion of the project funding will come from and the Construction Authority is working with the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority to identify the funding needed to extend the line from Claremont (in Los Angeles County) to Montclair (in San Bernardino County).

The Construction Authority anticipates breaking ground on the Glendora to Montclair project in December 2017. The first year of the project will be used to relocate utilities, conduct other pre-construction activities, and to hire a design-build contractor. The project schedule, also updated in January 2017, assumes that a design-build contractor will be hired in late 2018 and take about seven years to finalize design and build the project. Substantial completion is assumed in early 2026. It is important to note that these are estimates; once a design-builder is hired, the project estimate and schedule will be reviewed once again to conform with the contractor’s bid and workplan.


Schedule

Click below to view the updated Glendora to Montclair Work Plan:


Future Plans

A premiere example of transit-oriented development along the Foothill Gold Line corridor is found in Claremont with the Claremont Village Expansion project located just west of Indian Hill Boulevard and immediately north of the current Metrolink and proposed Foothill Gold Line right-of-way.

Within walking distance of Claremont's historic downtown shopping and business district as well as the Metrolink (and future Foothill Gold Line) station, the project includes three core components:

Village Walk: This "new-urban design" residential neighborhood of 173 homes includes condominium lofts, town homes and duplexes, and open space areas.

The Packing House: Arteco Partners, recognized in the region for successful adaptive reuse projects and in particular for support for creative arts communities, was selected to bring new life to Claremont's historic 1922 Citrus Packing House. The project, which officially opened in April of 2007, shines within this TOD for its detailed architectural renovation and a variety of creative storefronts and arts/entertainment venues.

The Shops and Offices, directly across the street from Village Walk and The Packing House further expands office, retail and entertainment opportunities for the City of Claremont, and includes a five-screen, 816-seat Laemmle Theater complex and Casa 425, a 28-room boutique hotel.

A 477-space parking structure supports the TOD with 6,000 square feet of retail space on Indian Hill Boulevard.

With the recent economic downturn, many development plans from 2006-7 have slowed or been put on hold. The Construction Authority and city began a new dialogue through another TOD study in 2010, and additional details about the city’s future visions may be added to this page.

Click here to learn more about the TOD Studies.

About Claremont

Located 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Claremont is best known for its tree-lined streets, historic buildings, and college campuses. But more than that, Claremont is a vital balanced community that provides a wide range of programs and services for all age groups and preserves a full range of housing opportunities. It supports a variety of thriving commercial and industrial centers and protects the environment while encouraging appropriate development. In short, it respects traditional values while embracing new ideas.

Much of what Claremont is today is the direct result of actions taken by the community's founders more than 100 years ago. Trees planted at the turn of the century now compete with nearby mountain peaks for dominance of the local skyline. The Claremont Colleges have become some of the nation's most highly respected educational and cultural institutions. The historic central core remains a vital residential and retail district, one of the last true "downtowns" in the region. And the spirit of Claremont's original "town meeting" form of self-governance lives on in today's active and involved citizenry, citizens who continue to build on the successes of the past in order to ensure an even brighter future.

Learn more:
City of Claremont: http://www.ci.claremont.ca.us/
Claremont Graduate University - www.cgu.edu/pages/1.asp
Claremont McKenna College - www.cmc.edu/
Claremont School of Theology - www.cst.edu/about_claremont/
Claremont Village - www.thevillageclaremont.com/
Claremont's Village Expansion: www.ci.claremont.ca.us/
Harvey Mudd College - www.hmc.edu/
Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences - www.kgi.edu/
Pitzer College - www.pitzer.edu/
Pomona College - www.pomona.edu/
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens - www.rsabg.org/
Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology - www.alfmuseum.org/
Scripps College - www.scrippscollege.edu/
The Packing House: www.claremontpackinghouse.com/
Discover Claremont: www.discoverclaremont.com/