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November 20th, 2009 by Susan Motander
A kick off for the extension of the Metro Gold Line from Pasadena out to Azusa has been set for this Saturday, November 21 at the site of the future Monrovia Gold Line Station in the historic Santa Fe Station at the Northwest corner of Myrtle Avenue and Duarte Road. The family friendly celebration will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the unveiling ceremony scheduled for 10:20 a.m.
Work is expected to begin early in 2010 and is expected to create thousands of new jobs, increase economic investment and more public transit options in this area. Funds for this project are coming from the monies generated by Measure R which increased sales taxes by a half cent. The Gold Line Construction Authority hopes to have the extension completed to Azusa by 2013.
In addition, the City of Monrovia and METRO are still discussing creating a maintenance yard for the Gold Line in the industrially zoned area near the station south of the 210 Freeway and north of Duarte road in the area just west of the Home Depot. A specific plan in being created by the Monrovia City staff in the event that an agreement can be reached.