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Foothill Transit Constructors Reach Substantial Completion of Light Rail Transportation System in Southern California

September 23, 2015
By Business Wire News


Southern California residents will soon have even more light rail transportation options with the substantial completion of the Foothill Gold Line from Pasadena, Calif. to Azusa, Calif. Designed and constructed by Foothill Transit Constructors, a joint venture of Kiewit and Parsons, the rail line will now undergo testing and pre-revenue service.

The project, which includes 11.5 miles of light rail, 24 bridges, 14 at-grade rail crossings, six new stations and a 24-acre operations campus, was led by the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority.

“The Foothill Gold Line was built on time and on budget with an exceptional safety record thanks to a strong collaboration with Kiewit, Parsons and the corridor cities,” said Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority CEO Habib F. Balian. “The line is a critical asset for the community and is the impetus behind meaningful new development in the area.”

Since breaking ground in 2011, the construction team successfully navigated several challenging aspects of the project, including the installation of the 700-foot San Gabriel River Bridge and the relocation of a 4-mile active rail corridor with two freight bridges that had to be relocated within a 72-hour time frame.

“Our team is incredibly ambitious and eager to tackle complex projects, especially when we had such a solid partnership with Parsons and the Construction Authority,” said Matt Scott, vice president and district manager for Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. “We are honored to have been a part of this project and the positive, long-term impact it will have on the area.”

Approximately 35 percent more water and energy efficient than other similar facilities, the main building of the Foothill Gold Line Operations Campus in Monrovia, Calif. is the first rail maintenance facility constructed for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. To reach these stringent environmental standards, the team installed a 178.5 Kw solar panel array, LED lighting, a storm water collection system and drought-tolerant landscaping. The team also adopted a construction waste mitigation and recycling program. In total, 50 percent of the materials used to construct the building came from recycled sources.

“The operations campus represents a cost-effective design that not only minimizes environmental impact, it also offers an exceptional workplace for the 200 employees who operate and maintain the light rail system around the clock,” said Todd Wager, Parsons group president. “We are very proud of the project and this first-of-its-kind facility.”

The Foothill Gold Line Operations Campus will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, housing up to 84 light rail vehicles. It will contain offices and training facilities for operations and maintenance staff, as well as accommodations for light rail vehicle inspection and maintenance services.

About Kiewit
Kiewit is one of North America’s largest and most respected construction and engineering organizations. With its roots dating back to 1884, the employee-owned organization operates through a network of subsidiaries in the United States, Canada and Australia. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation, water/wastewater, power, oil, gas and chemical, building and mining. Kiewit had 2014 revenues of $10.4 billion and employs more than 25,700 staff and craft employees. For more information, visit

About Parsons
Parsons, celebrating more than 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on defense/security, industrial, and infrastructure. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit

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