Arcadia station

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Gold Line 
Arcadia Station 1.jpg
Location200 N First Avenue, Arcadia
Coordinates34°08′33″N 118°01′44″W / 34.1425°N 118.0288°W / 34.1425; -118.0288Coordinates: 34°08′33″N 118°01′44″W / 34.1425°N 118.0288°W / 34.1425; -118.0288
Owned byMetro
Parking300 spaces (270 parking garage, 30 parking lot)
3 charging stations in garage
Bicycle facilities20 bike rack spaces
24 bike lockers[1]
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Statusin service
Openedc. January 1, 1911; 108 years ago (January 1, 1911)
RebuiltMarch 5, 2016; 3 years ago (March 5, 2016)[2]
Preceding station   LAMetroLogo.svg Metro Rail   Following station
toward Atlantic
Gold Line
  Future service  
Blue Line
  Former services  
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe
toward Los Angeles
Main Line
Exterior of the station in 2017

Arcadia is an at-grade light rail station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system located at the intersection of 1st Avenue and Santa Clara Street in Arcadia, California. This station is served by the Metro Gold Line.[3]

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

Station layout[edit]

Platform Southbound Gold Line Gold Line toward Atlantic (Sierra Madre Villa)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Northbound Gold Line Gold Line toward APU/Citrus College (Monrovia)

Former station[edit]

Former bridge[edit]

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[edit]

Arcadia train station was added a 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 1st Street. 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]

In the late 20th century, Arcadia Station was used as a testing ground for a number of special or experimental passenger rail services. After the Pasadena Subdivision was decommissioned in 1994, Arcadia became the destination for Metrolink's Rose Bowl Train on New Year's Day. In 1996, a Sprinter was run from Arcadia to Monrovia. 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. Amtrak-Santa Fe ran the Southwest Chief and Desert Wind over this line in Arcadia, but relocated the Desert Wind to the Fullerton Line in 1986. The Santa Fe line served the San Gabriel Valley until 1994, when the 1994 Northridge earthquake weakened the bridge in Arcadia.

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

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


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]

Bus connections[edit]

Photo gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gold Line". LAMetroLogo.svg Metro (LACMTA). Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b Nelson, Laura J. (March 5, 2016). "Metro Gold Line extension tests San Gabriel Valley's support for transit". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. ^, Pasadena to Azusa
  4. ^
  5. ^ David Ng (December 12, 2012), Artist to unveil Metro Gold Line bridge design in Arcadia Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ "Art of the Journey, The Foothill Gold Line" (PDF). Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  7. ^ RailGiants Train Museum Fairgrounds in Pomona, California
  8. ^ "Arcadia Station dedicated on Foothills Gold Line". Trains Magazine. August 24, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2016-02-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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