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June 10, 2013

Design work completed for Gold Line operations campus in US

The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority in California, US has completed the design work, 30% of construction and the majority of the underground utility installation as part of the 24-acre, $265m Gold Line Operations Campus.

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The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority in California, US has completed the design work, 30% of construction and the majority of the underground utility installation as part of the 24-acre, $265m Gold Line Operations Campus.

Being built as part of the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa, the campus has been designed as a maintenance and operations facility for servicing the light rail system.

The campus will be able to house 84 light rail vehicles and will have spaces for vehicle inspection, heavy repair, body repairs, painting, storage and cleaning.

Around 200 employees are expected to work at the facility.

The project broke ground in September 2012, and the facility is expected to receive its first light rail vehicles in early 2015, while the light rail extension is expected to be completed by September 2015.

"The campus will be able to house 84 light rail vehicles and will have spaces for vehicle inspection, heavy repair, body repairs, painting, storage and cleaning."

So far, the rail authority has demolished former buildings and a former frontage road on the southern boundary of the property and equipped underground utilities at the facility.

Construction Authority CEO Habib Balian said that over the last eight months, hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of soil has been moved around the site.

"As a result, the grade of the property has changed significantly, shifting by approximately 13ft from north to south to allow for a more level surface to build the facility," Balian said.

The Construction Authority has already built the first-phase Union Station to Pasadena extension while construction is underway on the Gold Line Foothill extension.


Image: Construction of the $265m Gold Line Operations Campus is 30% complete and is on schedule to receive light rail vehicles starting in early 2015. Photo: courtesy of METRO96.

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