L.A. is in the midst of building three giant rail projects—the Crenshaw Line, the Regional Connector, and the Purple Line extension. By the end of this year, Metro will be building a fourth, the Gold Line extension to Montclair.
The Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority announced a new schedule for the project this week, which will extend the Gold Line from Azusa to Montclair, in San Bernardino County; by the time it opens, trains will travel directly from Long Beach to Montclair via DTLA.
A groundbreaking for the Montclair extension will happen in October and the 12.3-mile project will open in 2025 or early 2026. That opening date reflects about a two-year delay in a previously-announced, but never confirmed, opening. The construction authority said the new date reflects the complicated nature of the $1.37 billion project, which will involve relocating and rebuilding parts of Metrolink (commuter rail) track, as well as building six new stations, with stops in Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont, and Montclair.
Some have argued that this project should not take priority over ones like a West Hollywood subway, since the eastern suburbs are less dense than most of central Los Angeles. Regardless, the Montclair extension will reach numerous colleges—with some calling it the “brain train”—and a large regional park.