|Location||200 N First Avenue, Arcadia|
|Parking||300 spaces (270 parking garage, 30 parking lot)
3 charging stations in garage
|Bicycle facilities||20 bike rack spaces
24 bike lockers
|Rebuilt||March 5, 2016|
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.
|Platform||Southbound||← Gold Line toward Atlantic (Sierra Madre Villa)|
|Northbound||→ Gold Line toward APU/Citrus College (Monrovia) →|
In Arcadia, in the past, there was a steel railroad bridge that transitioned the old Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in between the I-210 to street grade. This bridge, located between Baldwin and Santa Anita, was removed by Caltrans, which deemed the structure unsafe following the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The Phase 2A project constructed a new, fully functioning light rail bridge, known as the "Iconic Freeway Structure or Gold Line Bridge" (IFS), as the bridge's replacement. The bridge, designed by Minnesota artist Andrew Leicester, 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 famed woven baskets of the native Chumash people of the San Gabriel Valley while the underbelly of the bridge is supposed to evoke a Western diamondback rattlesnake.
Arcadia was not one of the original stops on the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad. For most of the 20th century, the station comprised a Queen Anne-style passenger depot on 1st Street and a plain freight depot on Santa Anita Avenue. The passenger depot was decommissioned in the 1950s and relocated in the 1970s to the Fairplex.
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.
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.
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