San Gabriel Valley News– VIDEO REPORT – The long-awaited Arcadia To Azusa extension of the Metro Foothill Gold Line opened to the public last Saturday, March 5th.
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Metro Foothill Extension Opens – VIDEO Report
You Can Now Ride The Metro From Azusa To Downtown L.A. Will Commuters Hop Aboard?
Well, the festivities were reportedly a lot of fun over the weekend, but as the 11 1/2 mile extension of the Metro Foothill Gold Line opens, extending the reach of the system out from Pasadena to the new Azusa station, the big question still remains: will commuters take advantage of the new trains?
Opinions on that question vary. They seem to range from “Heck yeah! No more parking problems!” to “They’ll pry my steering wheel out of my hand over my cold, dead body”! One thing is for certain, the new extension does open up the possibility of taking the train to a whole lot more people, and makes hopping from Azusa or Monrovia into the downtown and Hollywood areas a snap.
Today, we’ll cover the “goings on” through a couple of videos we’d like to share with you. The first is a report of the opening from NBC News. The second is a “point of view” video, where you can actually ride the new extension for yourself … sort of take a test run without ever leaving your screen. Enjoy!
This next video was shot by the Foothill Gold Line before the extension actually opened on March 5th. It was actually put together in 2014 just after the actual track was completed, so most of the stations were not yet done and a lot of work was still going on.
The complete trip from Arcadia to Azusa now takes about 17 minutes including stops. This video is a high-speed version that shows you the whole thing in about 6 minutes. Have fun!
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San Gabriel Valley News – Metro rejected Azusa’s request to delay opening the Azusa Pacific/Citrus College Gold Line station, saying all six stations will open as planned March 5. …”
Metro Rejects Azusa Delay Request
All 6 Stations Will Open March 5
As you may or may not know, a few days ago the City of Azusa, Azusa Pacific University, and Rosedale Land Partners wrote a letter to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO) requesting a delay in opening the newly completed Azusa Pacific / Citrus College Gold Line Station, scheduled to open on March 5th. Metro has just rejected that request.
Azusa and the other two entities made the request because of traffic concerns. Rosedale Land Partners is currently under construction on a 1,250 home development around the station. They expressed concern that the temporary routes to access the station might be overcome with traffic and congestion, and that pedestrian traffic to the colleges might find its way into construction zones.
Mark Ridley-Thomas, chairman of the board of directors of Metro, replied in a letter on Jan. 13 that, “Metro believes it is our duty as responsible stewards of the public trust to open the Gold Line extension with all stations, as expected, on March 5, 2016″. He also stated that Metro believes that all safety concerns have been addressed, and that the temporary access arrangements made by the City, the County, and Rosedale Land Partners are sufficient to guarantee safety.
Metro to Azusa: All Gold Line Stations Will Open March 5; Rejects Request For Delay | San Gabriel Valley Tribune
“It is not an ideal situation. But I think it can work and be safely navigated,” said Metro board member and Duarte Councilman John Fasana. He said trains would not be able to turn around at the downtown station but would still have to travel to the APU/Citrus College station to reverse course, making it confusing to riders.
“Fred Madjar, a board member on one of the Rosedale homeowners associations, said he didn’t have a problem with the temporary circulation plan. “I personally would like to see it open (on time),” he said.
“Linda Galarza, who lives in the housing tract just west of Rosedale, was walking along The Promenade on Thursday. When asked about the March 5 station opening, she said: “I really don’t see a problem.” …”
Home Values And The Metro Gold Line
The on-time opening of the Gold Line extension seems to be viewed as good news by most homeowners in the area. Along with the reactions we read in this article, I’ve personally spoken with both homeowners and Realtors who believe that having easy access to mass transit near the home will be good for home values in the area. Personally, I’m not too sure about that. At least not yet. Southern California has not yet displayed quite the level of public acceptance of our Eastern metropolis cousins when it comes to who actually uses mass transit here.
At any rate, the long awaited opening of the Metro Gold Line extension will certainly not hurt home values, and will most definitely provide more convenience for folks wanting to access other areas of the valley and the region via our light rail system.
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San Gabriel Valley Drought News:
Smart Cities Are Planning Ahead
Arcadia Is Leading The Way In What May Be A New Trend
In light of recent news concerning the severity of our ongoing California drought, and responding to urging by the Governor, cities across the southland are making plans and taking steps to conserve water usage and to handle other water supply problems, like implementing plans on how to provide adequate supplies needed by residents if conditions grow even worse. We are now moving into our 4th summer of drought in California, and things are truly getting dicey.
Here in the San Gabriel valley we are no exception. The City of Arcadia just approved the expenditure of $2 million to purchase imported water now to offset what they expect to be the amount over their allottment that they will need to pump to supply their resident’s usage. Buying and importing the water now means it can be purchased for less money than it would cost down the line… when the overpumping is needed. By making the purchase now the city is saving about $300,000.
Here’s an article from Courtney Thompkins of the Pasadena Star-News that explains it all:
Pasadena Star-News 04/08/15, 6:19 AM PDT
“Overpumping is allowed, but in order to do so, an agency must purchase replacement water to replenish the groundwater basin. Arcadia officials anticipate the city will need to pump nearly twice as much water as it has been allocated. However, instead of paying for replacement water at $100 more per acre-foot, the city chose to pre-purchase the imported water, saving the city $300,000.” …
Drought News Inspiring Action To Insure Water Supply
Since Governor Brown made his announcement the other day concerning the seriouslness of the California drought news, local municipalities are beginning to take action. Some cities, like Arcadia, are taking what might be called “unusual” steps in their planning. It’s times like this, however, that innovations begin to take shape, and creative thinking can really pay off. The San Gabriel Valley area has always been a coastal desert, and we’ve always weathered the storms that this type of situation can bring. We are going through a trying situation right now, but with good creative thinking, planning, and working together… this too shall pass.
San Gabriel Valley Drought News.