Metro Gold Line - Pasadena, Calif.
Metro Gold Line chose a design-build delivery process and selected a Kiewit-led joint venture to construct this light rail extension. Completed in July 2003, the project runs along an existing rail right-of-way from Los Angeles to Claremont and extends 13.7 miles from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to serve the communities of Los Angeles, Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, Highland Park, South Pasadena and Pasadena. There are six new stations in Los Angeles, one in South Pasadena and six in Pasadena. Opening day ridership exceeded 30,000, which is expected to double by 2015.
Other project elements included a 230-foot pedestrian bridge spanning the Interstate 210 freeway; seismic retrofit of the Madre Street undercrossing of the freeway; two cut-and-cover tunnels; and more than three miles of retaining walls. Twenty-eight local street intersections were also reconfigured.
Crews also installed the transit signal system, which included 14 rail siding control switches, 26 grade crossings and several quad gates. Additional work involved installing 10 traction power substations, 31 miles of auto-tensioned overhead catenary, and communications and data gathering facilities.
To minimize inconveniences to the community, motorists and the public, local business access was maintained throughout construction and a community involvement/information program was implemented on a continual basis.