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On Sunday, June 23, the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority will be testing a newly installed underground communication system for the freight train system that runs through the cities of San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont and Montclair, requiring stoppage of all traffic across the rail corridor for approximately 3-5 minutes each test run, with the possibility of longer delays. The testing, which is being conducted to ensure the safety of the freight system, will require a Metrolink train to run at 40 miles per hour (MPH) between San Dimas Canyon Rd in San Dimas and the crossover just west of Cambridge Ave in Claremont. The testing involves several trials on the active freight corridor to ensure the new communication system will activate and deactivate the train signals at all street crossings. Additional streets east and west of those being tested will also be impacted to allow the train to accelerate and decelerate; see the list below. The communication system’s testing is part of the initial construction activities for the Foothill Gold Line light rail project being built from Azusa to Montclair.

WHEN
Train testing will take place on Sunday, June 23, 2019, from 10 am to 8 pm.

WHERE
Intersection/rail crossings affected during the testing include:
City of San Dimas: Eucla Ave., Bonita/Cataract Ave., Monte Vista Ave., San Dimas Ave.,
Walnut Ave., and San Dimas Canyon Rd.
City of La Verne: San Dimas Canyon Rd., Wheeler Ave., A St., D St., E St., White Ave., and Fulton Rd.
City of Pomona: Fulton Rd., Garey Ave., and Towne Ave.
City of Claremont: Cambridge Ave., Indian Hill Blvd., College Ave., and Claremont Blvd.
City of Montclair: Pedestrian crossings at the Montclair TransCenter

WHAT TO EXPECT
– Expect 3-5 minutes of delay at the railroad crossings periodically throughout the day, with the potential for longer delays.
– The testing will require a Metrolink train to run at 40 MPH between San Dimas Canyon Rd in San Dimas and the crossover just west of Cambridge Ave in Claremont. The testing involves several trials on the active freight corridor to ensure the new communication system will activate and deactivate the train signals at all street crossings. Additional streets east and west of those being tested will also be impacted to allow the train to accelerate and decelerate. See a listing of impacted streets above.
– Testing will take place on Sunday, June 23, 2019, from 10 am to 8 pm.
– The train’s horn will be sounded as it approaches each street crossing.
– Safety officials, called Flaggers, will assist with traffic management at the intersection/rail crossings being tested.
– Pedestrian access via the sidewalks will remain open; however, pedestrian traffic will also be stopped when the train is approaching.
NOTE: The Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority is conducting this testing; not Metrolink.

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