USA: The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority has announced the substantial completion of design work for the $1·5bn, 15 km four-stop extension of the Los Angeles light rail network from Glendora to Pomona. 

The design-build contract was awarded to the Kiewit-Parsons Joint Venture in October 2019, and the first year focused on progressing design work far enough for major construction to begin in July 2020.

As of August this year the project is 36% complete, with full completion planned for 2025.  

‘In addition to reaching substantial completion on the design for this important project this month, the project is now more than one-third complete overall – an extraordinary achievement accomplished during extraordinary times’, said Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority board Chair and Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval on August 12.

‘More than 300 people have been working full time on the project, including dozens of engineers that have focused on completing the design for nearly two years. Altogether, their efforts have allowed the project to move forward at an impressive pace, even as Covid-19 presented unique and unprecedented challenges.’

The Glendora – Pomona project is currently running six months ahead of the contractual substantial completion deadline of January 2025.

The design-build contract includes an option for KPJV to complete the next 5 km from Pomona to Montclair if additional funding can be secured by early October, with completion envisaged in early 2026.