MTA board expected to approve $690 million for Gold Line extension

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors was expected to approve today $690 million in funding for the extension of the Metro Gold Line from Pasadena to Azusa.

If the board approves the funding – which is generated through the Measure R transportation sales tax – the Gold Line Foothill Construction Authority could break ground on the project in June.

The 11.3 mile-extension of the line could be in place by 2014, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, a member of the MTA board.

"This historic vote will secure victory for the San Gabriel Valley and move us toward our goal of a truly regional transit system," Antonovich said.

In an e-mail sent to project supporters, Foothill Construction Authority CEO Habib Balian expressed confidence that the Metro board would back the funding proposal. He wrote that the agreement gives Metro "assurances that the design and quality of construction meets their design criteria."

"The final draft also provides significant coordination and information-sharing between agencies," Balian wrote.

The foothill extension would include stops in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and Azusa.