It looked dicey for a while, but politicians, the Gold Line construction authority, and Metro have found a compromise that enables an imminent groundbreaking for the Gold Line Foothill extension from Pasadena to Azusa/Glendora, reports the Pasadena Star-News. With the passing of Measure R, Metro said the line would open in 2017, but the Foothill Construction Authority said the extension could begin work this year and open in 2013. The Star-News reports that "recent discussions between the two groups have left construction authority officials certain enough of receiving funding that board members Thursday night voted to begin the search for a contractor to build the line - with a June groundbreaking as a goal." Metro--which may have been swayed by a report that indicated Gold Line construction could create 7,000 jobs--is also looking for a contractor to build that crazy basket bridge for the train. A second phase of the Foothill extension should reach Montclair, and possibly Ontario airport, by 2017 and will make the Gold Line one of the longest light-rails in the nation.
· Gold Line Extension Looks on Track for June [PSN]
· Gold Line Foothill Extension [Official Site]