Arcadia
A Line 
Arcadia station platform
General information
Location73 East Santa Clara Street
Arcadia, California
Coordinates34°08′33″N 118°01′44″W / 34.1425°N 118.0288°W / 34.1425; -118.0288
Owned byLos Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks2
Connections
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Parking300 spaces[1]
Bicycle facilitiesRacks and lockers[2]
AccessibleYes
History
Opened1887
Closed1951
Rebuilt2016[3]
Services
Preceding station Metro Rail Following station
Sierra Madre Villa
toward Long Beach
A Line
Monrovia
toward Azusa
Former services
Preceding station Metro Rail Following station
Sierra Madre Villa
toward Atlantic
L Line Monrovia
Former services (at AT&SF station)
Preceding station Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Following station
Santa Anita Main Line Monrovia
toward Chicago
Preceding station Pacific Electric Following station
Santa Anita Park Monrovia–Glendora Monrovia
towards Glendora
Location
Map

Arcadia station is an at-grade light rail station on the A Line of the Los Angeles Metro Rail system. It is located at the intersection of 1st Avenue and Santa Clara Street in Arcadia, California, after which the station is named.

This station opened on March 5, 2016, as part of Phase 2A of the Gold Line Foothill Extension Project.[3][4] An overpass bridge was constructed over Santa Anita Avenue near the station.

History

Former bridge

In Arcadia, a steel railroad bridge transitioned the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway between the I-210 and street grade. This bridge, between Baldwin and Santa Anita, was deemed unsafe following the 1994 Northridge earthquake and removed by Caltrans. The Phase 2A project constructed the "Iconic Freeway Structure or Gold Line Bridge" (IFS), as the replacement bridge. Designed by Minnesota artist Andrew Leicester, the bridge was unveiled in December 2012. Leicester's design was chosen from 17 others in a competitive process. The artist worked with L.A. design consultant AECOM as well as the bridge's builder, Skanska USA, on the final design and construction. The woven-basket look of the bridge's support columns emulate the woven baskets of the native Chumash people of the San Gabriel Valley while the underside of the bridge evokes a Western diamondback rattlesnake.[5][6]

Former service

1887 Arcadia Santa Fe station in 1900, relocated in the 1970s to the Fairplex.

Arcadia train station was added two years after the original the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad opened in 1885. The 1887 station was a Queen Anne-style passenger depot on First Avenue. The passenger station was decommissioned in 1951 and relocated in 1970 to the Fairplex, RailGiants Train Museum that is located inside the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona.[7] The rail line was operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad (Santa Fe), and served Amtrak's Southwest Chief and Desert Wind, although the latter never stopped at Arcadia. The Santa Fe line served the San Gabriel Valley until 1994, when the 1994 Northridge earthquake weakened the bridge in Arcadia. After the line was decommissioned in 1994, Arcadia became the destination for Metrolink's Rose Bowl Game train on New Year's Day.[citation needed] In 1996, a Sprinter was run from Arcadia to Monrovia.[citation needed] For an unknown period of time, the station was the home of a private railcar called the Pine Bluff until its purchase in the mid-2000s.[citation needed]

Arcadia train station should not be confused with the Lucky Baldwin's Santa Anita Depot that was a freight depot at Santa Anita Avenue and Colorado Boulevard and moved to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in 1970.

The station was formally dedicated in a ceremony held on August 22, 2015. Regular light rail service to the station began on March 5, 2016.[8]

Service

Station layout

Westbound A Line A Line toward Long Beach (Sierra Madre Villa)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Eastbound A Line A Line toward Azusa (Monrovia)

Hours and frequency

A Line service hours are from approximately 4:30 a.m. and 11:45 p.m daily. Trains operate every 8 minutes during peak hours, Monday to Friday. Trains run every 10 minutes, during midday on weekdays and weekends, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Night and early morning service is approximately every 20 minutes every day.[9]

Connections

As of spring 2024, the following connections are available:[10]

References

  1. ^ "Metro Parking Lots by Line". Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original on August 10, 2020. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  2. ^ "Secure Bike Parking on Metro" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 6, 2021. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Nelson, Laura J. (March 5, 2016). "Metro Gold Line extension tests San Gabriel Valley's support for transit". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 18, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  4. ^ Foothill Extension Archived April 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.  Metro (LACMTA)
  5. ^ David Ng (December 12, 2012), Artist to unveil Metro Gold Line bridge design in Arcadia Archived November 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ "Art of the Journey, The Foothill Gold Line" (PDF). Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 24, 2016. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  7. ^ Santa Fe Station, Arcadia CA, circa 1887 Archived May 9, 2017, at the Wayback Machine. Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Southern California Chapter.
  8. ^ "Arcadia Station dedicated on Foothills Gold Line". Trains Magazine. August 24, 2015. Archived from the original on August 25, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  9. ^ "Metro A Line schedule". Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. December 10, 2023. Retrieved December 25, 2023.
  10. ^ "A Line Timetable – Connections section" (PDF). Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. June 16, 2023. p. 2. Retrieved June 17, 2023.
  11. ^ "Arcadia Transit Fixed Route Services". City of Arcadia, California. August 13, 2018. Archived from the original on July 25, 2022. Retrieved May 14, 2022.