Case Studies & Examples / Transit

“Familiar Development-Staller Involved in New Gold Line Hot Mess”

Friday, June 10, 2011, by Neal Broverman

The Gold Line Foothill Extension to Azusa was supposed to be one of the first Measure R projects to break ground and a “ceremonial” groundbreakingactually happened a year ago. San Gabriel Valley officials lobbied hard for this line, saying they wouldn’t support Measure R unless it was fast-tracked. Their argument for why this line should get priority over, say, the Westside subway, was that the Construction Authority already owned the right-of-way and there was no local resistance, so it was good to go. Fast-forward to now–for the line to actually start construction, the Gold Line Construction Authority needs tosecure a maintenance facility. They found a plot of land in Monrovia, but a landowner, whose property could be seized by eminent domain for the project, has filed suit.

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