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Monday, the Foothill Gold Line Operations Campus was formally accepted by Metro. The turn-over process started several weeks ago and was finished two months ahead of schedule. Turn-over is an important milestone for the campus and the project overall, and allows Metro to begin receiving vehicles to the facility. Over the next two years, the campus will be the delivery point for a total of 74 vehicles for testing and training purposes; two have been delivered to date. Only 15 are needed to fully operate the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa.
In regards to funding for the next segment of the line, the SGVCOG in August will consider their Transportation Committee recommendation to approve a priority list of projects for the 2016 sales tax measure which includes $1.019 billion for the Foothill Gold Line to Claremont. As you know, Metro has asked each of the COG’s to identify a priority list of projects by the end of August. Although the funding recommended for approval is $111 million short of what is necessary to complete the LA County portion of the project, the COG has made completion of its light rail projects the top priority for the tax measure.