The San Dimas station is part of the Foothill Gold Line light rail project from Glendora to Montclair. The station, and associated 450-space parking structure, will be located east of San Dimas Avenue between Bonita Avenue and Arrow Highway. The two light rail tracks will be located in the southern half of the rail corridor through the city, with the single freight track relocated to the northern half.
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 team developed their 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 team 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 San Dimas 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 Artists
Eugene and Anne Olsen Daub
Eugene Daub is a local artist nationally recognized for his sculpture and Bas-relief work. He is also the vice-president of the American Medallic Sculpture Association and a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society. Over the years, Eugene has designed and created many public art commissions for the United States Government, private foundations, universities and corporations. Some of his public collections are displayed at the Helsinki Art Museum, the British Museum in London, the Smithsonian Institute, United States Capitol and the United States Park Service.
Eugene studied at the University of Pittsburgh; Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts; University of the Arts, Pittsburgh; the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture; Rutgers University in New Jersey; and the Academy of Art College in California.
Anne Olsen Daub was educated at Fresno City College and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She has lived in Los Angeles the past 15 years and has worked in the fashion industry at Mattel, designing and creating doll concepts and fashions for Barbie in both mainline and collectors. Since leaving Mattel, Anne has returned to her love of painting and mixed media. She explores the use of color, fabric, found objects and architectural elements in her work.
Based on their preliminary design concept, Eugene and Anne were selected by the city of San Dimas’ 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, they will take their preliminary design concept and work with the SDAR Committee and San Dimas community, to advance their design concept further.*
For more information on the artists and artwork, click here for the latest station fact sheet.
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.
Click below to view the updated Glendora to Montclair Work Plan:
During 2006-7, the Construction Authority worked with the City of San Dimas (along with all other Foothill Gold Line cities from Pasadena to Montclair) to explore their visions for integrating transit oriented developments (TOD) near the future stations. At that time, the city was still uncertain as to the location of the city’s future station. Since then, the city decided that the station would be located east of San Dimas Avenue, opening up the possibility of further discussions about TOD in the general area.
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.
The City of San Dimas, located along historic Route 66, is bounded by the 210 (Foothill), 57 (Orange) and 10 (San Bernardino) freeways. Along with convenient access, the city boasts beautiful vistas of the San Gabriel Mountains as well as the Pomona and San Gabriel Valleys. The City's distinct western style is most evident when visiting downtown shops, restaurants, museums and businesses. Wooden sidewalks and western storefronts lead visitors to the heart of downtown San Dimas. The City is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles, has 35,000 residents and has an area of 15 miles. Visitors to San Dimas can enjoy many entertainment, shopping and cultural amenities. Whether stopping by to play golf, visit Raging Waters, California's largest water park, shop at one of five shopping centers, or the Railroad Museum San Dimas is a prime destination for the whole family. In 2010, the city celebrated its 50th year as an incorporated city.
City of San Dimas – www.cityofsandimas.com
Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park – www.bonellipark.org
Pacific Railraod Society - www.pacificrailroadsociety.org/index.html
Pacific Railroad Museum - www.pacificrailroadsociety.org/sandimas/musuem/index.html
Raging Waters – www.ragingwaters.com
San Dimas Chamber of Commerce – www.sandimaschamber.com
San Dimas Community Hospital - www.sandimashospital.com
San Dimas Frontier Village - www.cityofsandimas.com/ps.developmentservices.cfm?ID=2357
San Dimas Historical Society – www.sandimashistorical.org