Newcastle Park is on the north side of Colorado Blvd. just west of the present Santa Fe bridge. The rear fence of the park backs up to the right-of-way. If anyone is hungry after the ceremony, there's an In-N-Out Burger stand at Colorado and Santa Anita. And if anyone plans to get there early, there's a volleyball court for some exercise. Folks coming by freeway should take the Santa Anita off-ramp from I-210 and go south to Colorado then west. Bus service includes the Metro 79 and the Foothill 187 on Huntington Dr., and I think the Metro 487 runs on Santa Anita. And I'm going to have a word with the GLFE staff; their map shows Irwindale at the Duarte stop.
Regarding the idle (not abandoned) double-stack cars stored in Monrovia-Arcadia: As long as they have been inspected and approved for movement on the US railroad system, they can be moved at any time. This was demonstrated earlier this year when the ex-SP business car was moved out of Arcadia. Last weekend I was delayed going through Perris by a long train of empty container cars heading off the San Jacinto Branch. Either business is picking up or BNSF has found a new place to stash them.
Arcadia is jumping on the access opportunities provided by the Foothill Extension. They've updated their 25 yr. old "General Plan" (last touched in '96) to allow mixed-use and higher density residential and commercial development downtown -- north of Huntington Drive and along Live Oak Ave.
Two workshops are planned in June to describe the opportunities. The draft plan can be viewed and commented upon at, www.ArcadiaGeneralPlan.com.
Last Edit: May 15, 2010 0:07:03 GMT -8 by rajacobs
Only a few days away--If you're coming from LA or Pasadena, the Foothill 187 bus is scheduled to leave the Gold Line Sierra Madre Villa terminal at 9:30 am, and it should be about a 20-min walk from Santa Anita & Huntington. Note that the idle freight cars have been gone from the former Santa Fe tracks for several weeks now. Highball the Gold Line!
There was a good turnout. Lots of speechifying and interesting exhibits: the Orange Empire Ry. Museum display, which showed our Southern California railway heritage, models of the various stations, and a model railroad that even included a scaled-down Sierra Madre Villa parking structure. The ceremonial ground breaking was actually shoveling in a sand pile, but it's the spirit that counts. The existing track is behind a fence and a thicket of bushes, so having a ceremonial "pulling of the first spike [in removing the old ATSF rails]" was not practical. Members of Congress from both parties were there, one of the few occasions that party lines are crossed like this. As someone who saw rails ripped from Olive Ave. in Monrovia 58 years ago, I look forward to seeing electric transport returning to my old home town.
On Aug 6, 2010, the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority issued the Notice to Proceed with work on the C1134 Iconic Freeway Structure Design-Build Project that will take the Gold Line from the median of the I-210 into Monrovia, south of the freeway:
Further the Authority reports that it is "on track" to issue the RFP on Aug 25, 2010 for C1134, if authorized by the Board at their Aug 9, 2010 meeting.
The GLFE Construction Authority has issued the Request for Proposals to the three "short list" construction consortia. According to a press release "Proposals are due Jan 27, 2011 and a contract award is antipated for Spring 2011." I read in another announcement that the RFP "runs to more than a thousand pages of detailed documentation"--the price we pay for building through a built-up area.
Latest report from GLFECA says that construction of the main portion of the railway will start in earnest in 2012. Negotiations are in progress for the final abandonment of the former Santa Fe tracks from Irwindale to Arcadia.