Monrovia station

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Gold Line 
Monrovia Station.jpg
Location101 W Duarte Road, Monrovia
Coordinates34°07′57″N 118°00′08″W / 34.1326°N 118.0021°W / 34.1326; -118.0021Coordinates: 34°07′57″N 118°00′08″W / 34.1326°N 118.0021°W / 34.1326; -118.0021
Owned byMetro
Platforms2 side platforms
Parking350 spaces:
  • 296 free
  • 54 paid reserved

3 charging stations
Bicycle facilities20 bike rack spaces
24 bike lockers[1]
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Statusin service
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

Monrovia is an at grade light rail station in the Los Angeles County Metro Rail system located near the intersection of Duarte Road and Myrtle Avenue in Monrovia, California. This station is served by the Metro Gold Line.[3]

This station was constructed as part of the Gold Line Foothill Extension project Phase 2A; the station opened on March 5, 2016.[4][2]

Station layout[edit]

Platform Side platform, doors will open on the right
Southbound Gold Line Gold Line toward Atlantic (Arcadia)
Northbound Gold Line Gold Line toward APU/Citrus College (Duarte/City of Hope)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

Bus connections[edit]

Neighborhood and destinations[edit]

The city of Monrovia is planning to create a transit-oriented district around near its station; the district, known as the "Station Square Transit Village Mixed Use District", will be designed to feature mixed retail, residential and office uses, with pedestrian amenities and connections. Construction of phase one of the new district started in 2017.[8] Plans are to restore/renovate the historic 1926 Monrovia Santa Fe train station depot at the location, though the actual use of the station is not yet determined.[9][10][11]

Vehicle maintenance facility[edit]

The Gold Line Authority and Metro have built a new Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Facility in Monrovia, east of Monrovia station; the 27-acre (11 ha) facility will service, clean and store light-rail vehicles for Metro's fleet, with a total storage capacity of 104 vehicles. The facility is located just north of the ROW between California Avenue and Shamrock Avenue, it cost $53 million to build.[12]


1926 Monrovia train station, just east of the Gold Line stop
Rail Mule car with passengers in Monrovia 1884. The mules are loaded on the platform as the car is ready to coast downhill on Myrtle Avenue to the Santa Fe train station

The station reuses the former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway depot, built 1926 in a Spanish colonial revival-style;[13] the 1926 station replaced a wooden depot built on the site in 1886 by the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad used till 1972. Installed in 1887, a mule-drawn railway, a single passenger car, called the Myrtle Avenue Railroad[14] at that time ran from the Monrovia station up Myrtle Ave to downtown Monrovia. On the way back down to the rail station, the mule was loaded onto a flatcar and downhill gravity took the cars back to the station. By the early the mule 1920s the street car system was removed. In 1906 the Pacific Electric rail car arrived in Monrovia; the PE Pasadena and Monrovia line ended in 1951. Santa Fe Middle School near the station is named after the Santa Fe Railway;[15] the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad built the first train tracks and station in Monrovia in 1887. The Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad was founded in 1883, by James F. Crank with the goal of bringing a rail line to San Gabriel Valley from downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad was sold on May 20, 1887 into the California Central Railway. In 1889 this was consolidated into Southern California Railway Company. On Jan. 17, 1906 Southern California Railway was sold to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and called the Pasadena Subdivision. Amtrak-Santa Fe ran the Southwest Chief and Desert Wind over this line in Monrovia, 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. With the completion of the Goldline in Monrovia the 1926 Monrovia train station is slated to be restored.[16][17][18] [19]

Santa Fe Depot was used in a number of Hollywood movies through the years, it is used two times in the 1966 movie "The Trouble with Angels", both at the start and the ending in which the girls leave St. Francis Academy.[20]

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. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2016-02-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2016-02-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^
  8. ^ City of Monrovia web page, Gold line
  9. ^, Planned apartments at Monrovia train station, March 2014
  10. ^, Planning underway for Monrovia’s Station Square at new Gold Line stop, November 14, 2013 by Steve Hymo
  11. ^ "Art of the Journey, The Foothill Gold Line" (PDF). Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  12. ^ SGV Tribune, Monrovia's Gold Line maintenance yard work in full swing, By Brenda Gazzar, Staff Writer, 01/03/13
  13. ^, Santa Fe train at the old Monrovia train station.
  14. ^ M P Heritage, Myrtle Avenue Railroad, Mules Did What Now?, Tuesday, March 25, 2014,
  15. ^ Monrovia Patch,A Future Gold Line Station: Once an Elegant Stop on the Santa Fe Line, by Matt Hormann , November 29, 2010
  16. ^ Yahho News, San Gabriel Valley Railroad train crossing the Arroyo Seco into Pasadena just north of Garvanza in Highland Park - 1887. Photo Credit: Los Angeles Water and Power website, Michelle Mowad May 5, 2014
  17. ^ "Alosta: Latest Notes From the New Azusa Town," Los Angeles Times, April 29, 1887
  18. ^ Photo, Stock in Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley Railroad
  19. ^ Monrovias historic Santa-Fe-depot restoration
  20. ^ Santa Fe Depot from “The Trouble with Angels”, Oct. 20, 2014. By Lindsay

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