Gold Line Modifications Proposed for La Verne, San Dimas, Pomona and Claremont

The Construction Authority is announcing the release of a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for proposed modifications to the 12.3-mile, six-station Foothill Gold Line light rail project from Glendora to Montclair (Project). The Draft SEIR was released September 25, 2020, and is available for public review and comment through November 9, 2020.

The Draft SEIR is available on the Construction Authority’s website. Hard copies or CD versions of the document can be made available upon written request to the Construction Authority and mailed to recipients for the cost of printing and shipping. A hard copy of the document will also be available for public review at the Construction Authority’s office (address below) and can be accessed by requesting an appointment with Lisa Levy Buch at the address and e-mail below. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, viewing of the document in person will only be available by pre-arranged appointment.

Proposed Project Modifications: The Construction Authority is considering modifications to the previously approved Project to construct surface parking lots (instead of enclosed parking structures, as previously approved) at the Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, and Pomona Stations. Constructing surface lots would reduce the number of available parking spaces. To accommodate the reconfigured parking conditions, the Authority proposes increasing the property size of the Glendora and San Dimas Station parking facilities, and the property location for the Pomona Station parking facility. No changes are proposed for the location or property size of the parking facility at the La Verne Station. 

Changed vehicle and pedestrian access and new or relocated turnabouts are also proposed. Additional changes are proposed by the Authority that will result in a reduction of parking at the Claremont Station. Two Claremont options will be considered wherein reduced parking is accommodated either fully in a parking structure or via parking surface lot combined with leasing of additional parking spaces from available locations within 1/4 mile of the Claremont Station. Provision for parking structure or surface lot at the Claremont Station will occur within the same location and footprint identified and cleared in Addendum 2 to the 2013 FEIR. 

In response to these proposed changes, the Authority has prepared a SEIR to evaluate the potential for significant impacts that may result from the potential changes at the five stations. Multiple scenarios that include interim and full build terminus station conditions have been evaluated.

The proposed changes do not alter the scope of the Project as approved by the Construction Authority. The Draft SEIR has concluded construction of the Project Modifications would not have new or more severe significant impacts or require new mitigation measures.

The Draft SEIR is being made available for public review for a 45-day comment period, commencing on Friday, September 25, 2020, and concluding on Monday, November 9, 2020. Public comments on the Draft SEIR will be received during this period. Please submit comments on the Draft SEIR in writing to the address or email address below by close of the comment period. All submitted comments concerning the Draft SEIR must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 9, 2020.

All comments received during the Draft SEIR public review period will be compiled and responded to as part of the Final SEIR. If there are any questions regarding this notice, or how to review available documents, please contact Lisa Levy Buch at (626) 305-7004.