Reece is reelected as Gold Line Board chair

Claremont City Council member Ed Reece and Glendora Mayor Mendell Thompson were recently reelected as chair and vice chair of the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority Board of Directors. Reece began his third year as board chair on January 11, Thompson his second as vice chair.

Other board members include Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval, La Verne Mayor Tim Hepburn, Ontario Council member Alan Wapner, Pasadena Council member Gene Masuda, and South Pasadena lawyer Daniel Evans. The City of Los Angeles and state appointee’s seats are currently vacant.

“I believe this year will be an historic year for the Foothill Gold Line, and I am incredibly proud of the progress we are making,” Reece said at the recent meeting. “We will complete construction on the four station segment from Glendora to Pomona and be ready to turn it over to Metro the first week of 2025; by the end of this year, the construction authority will also be close to hiring the contractor to build the final two station segment — bringing us one major step closer to completing the agency’s legislative mandate.”

The westernmost 9.1-mile, four-station project segment from Glendora to Pomona is currently more than 80 percent complete according to a news release from the construction authority. The agency is beginning to hire a design-build contractor to build the final 3.2 mile segment that includes the Claremont and Montclair stations. Construction from Glendora to Pomona is funded mostly by Los Angeles County’s Measure M, along with residual funds from Measure R not used to complete the Pasadena to Azusa segment. California has also provided a greenhouse gas reduction grant to support the project.

“Completing this project is essential to the future of this corridor and to the region,” Reece said. “It will expand mobility opportunities by providing a reliable and sustainable transit option that connects people to where they are traveling each day — reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the quality of life for our residents, workers, students and visitors. I know I speak for Vice Chair Thompson as I thank our colleagues for their continuing confidence in us and for their continuing dedication that ensures the vision of this important project is fully realized.”

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