|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
|Opened||c. January 1, 1911|
|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)|
|Island platform, doors will open on the left|
|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 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.
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.
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.
- Los Angeles County Metro Rail
- Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
- Los Angeles Metro Rail rolling stock
- "Gold Line". Metro (LACMTA). Retrieved 6 March 2016.
- 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.
- foothillgoldline.org, Pasadena to Azusa
- David Ng (December 12, 2012), Artist to unveil Metro Gold Line bridge design in Arcadia Los Angeles Times.
- "Art of the Journey, The Foothill Gold Line" (PDF). Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
- RailGiants Train Museum Fairgrounds in Pomona, California
- "Arcadia Station dedicated on Foothills Gold Line". Trains Magazine. August 24, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2016-02-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)