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Montclair Station

The Montclair station is part of the Foothill Gold Line from Glendora to Montclair. The station will be located at the Montclair TransCenter, just east of Monte Vista Avenue and north of Arrow Highway.

The Montclair Station will be a center platform design, with tracks on either side; and will be located to the north of the existing Metrolink platforms. Entrance to the Gold Line station will be available from the east and west; and a connection will be built between the Gold Line and Metrolink platforms via the existing pedestrian tunnel. The current 1,600-space parking facility will be shared with Metrolink and the Gold Line, and new accommodations for bus, bike and pedestrian amenities will be added.

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 Montclair 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

Ruth Ann Anderson is an accomplished artist based in Southern California. Some of her works include a life-size sculpture for the Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park Gold Line station; and In Living Memory, a public eco-art project using the memories of senior citizens to recall the environment of Los Angeles 50-70 years ago recorded on posters for Los Angeles bus shelters.

Ruth Ann graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Masters of Fine Arts. She is the past recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Metro Transportation Authority Award, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Grant, and LACE (an Interdisciplinary Grant through the Nation Endowment of the Arts). She currently teaches art classes at California State University, Northridge.

Based on Ruth Ann’s preliminary design concept, she was selected by the city of Montclair’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, Ruth Ann will take her preliminary design concept and work with the SDAR Committee and Montclair 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

Situated at the end of the proposed Foothill Gold Line corridor, the City of Montclair is already expanding its vision of transit-oriented development (TOD) around the existing "Transcenter." In their North Montclair Downtown Specific Plan (adopted May 2006), city leaders capitalized on this already active transportation hub and created a vision guided by transit-oriented design principles. The plan includes the addition of a new and expanded transit center that will encompass the existing Metrolink Station and future Metro Gold Line station platforms.

The Town Center at the Transit Station focuses on improving mobility, and creating a "sense of place" complete with commercial and mixed-use buildings, a grocery store, hotel and parking facilities. The plan begins with new architectural designs for the Metrolink and Metro Gold Line station stops and reconfiguration of existing bus platforms to improve bus and train transfers.

Commercial and mixed-use buildings are proposed at Fremont Avenue and Arrow Highway with ground floor retail and housing/office uses on upper floors. Conveniently, the plan includes a large grocery store on the corner of Arrow Highway and Central Avenue to serve new Town Center residents. Other amenities include a hotel for Montclair visitors near the transit square/train station and a four-to five-level parking structure adjacent to the railway.

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, which revisited the earlier concepts.

Click here to learn more about the TOD Studies.

About Montclair

Built in an area once inhabited by the Serrano Indians, the city, then called Monte Vista was certified as a general law city on April 25, 1956. Two years later the residents voted to change the name to Montclair. Situated on a railroad line, it was natural that Montclair would become an important shopping area. The opening of the Montclair Plaza in 1968 solidified the city's position as a leader in retail trade and ushered in a new era of growth for the entire area.

Montclair occupies a power position poised between Los Angeles County and the thriving Inland Empire. Set squarely between the two on the I-10 travel corridor, Montclair benefits from both the dynamic business environment of Los Angeles and the fast-growing markets of the Inland Empire. This premier location is the foundation for Montclair's established position as a retail and business powerhouse and regional community leader.

Montclair is now a full-service City with its own Police and Fire Departments and has a young and diverse population that represents the ethnic and cultural diversity that is characteristic of Southern California.

Learn More:

City of Montclair: www.ci.montclair.ca.us/about/default.asp  
Montclair Chamber of Commerce: www.montclairchamber.com/
Montclair Hospital Medical Center: http://www.montclair-hospital.com/
Montclair Plaza: www.montclairplaza.com/
Montclair Transcenter: http://www.cityofmontclair.org/about/transportation.asp