While construction continues on the Pasadena to Azusa segment of the Foothill Gold Line extension, the segment further east to Claremont remains unfunded. To wit, officials from the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority are asking Metro to add the project to a list of projects that a proposed new sales tax measure could possibly fund. While the Authority is also looking into obtaining state and federal funds, CEO Habib Balian believes that funding the project locally through a ballot initiative is the best way to move forward. Balian believes construction could begin as early as 2017 if funding is secured. Gold Line officials are also discussing possible station designs for the second segment of the line.
Regarding the other end of the Gold Line, Whittier officials are anxious to have the line brought from its present terminus in East LA to their community. Metro is currently reviewing two optionsfor such a Gold Line extension, to either Montebello or Whittier. The Metro Board is expected to select one of the two routes next spring. However, even with Measure R money, construction would not begin for another 15 years. Not lost on this fact, the Whittier City Council voted to hire a lobbyist that would educate Metro, in anticipation of a route vote, on the merits of bringing the Gold Line to Whittier.