Azusa Downtown Station & APU/Citrus College Station Dedication. Photo via Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
Azusa Downtown Station & APU/Citrus College Station Dedication. Photo via Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

A diverse cast of local politicians attended a dedication ceremony Saturday for two stations in the upcoming six-station Foothill Gold Line light rail project.

The Azusa Downtown Station and APU/Citrus College Station are part of the $1 billion, 11.5-mile project from Pasadena to Azusa. The project broke ground in June 2010, and is on time and on budget to be turned over to Metro for pre-revenue service this fall and passenger service in spring 2016. An opening date has not yet been determined.

“When this phase of the Foothill Gold Line opens next year, thousands of riders will be able to travel between the San Gabriel Valley and Downtown Los Angeles without a car,” Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Director Eric Garcetti said at today’s ceremony, held at the Azusa Downtown Station at 780 N. Alameda Ave. “This new transportation option will relieve traffic, improve mobility and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is a smart investment in our region’s sustainable future.”

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority

In addition to Garcetti, others in attendance at the dedication included U.S. Representatives Grace Napolitano and Judy Chu; L.A. County Supervisors Hilda Solis and Michael Antonovich; state Sen. Dr. Ed Hernandez and state Assembly member Roger Hernandez; Duarte City Councilman John Fasana; and Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian.

—Staff and wire reports

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