The first sign of construction has started on the Gold Line right-of-way (ROW) that goes through Old Town Pasadena for what will be a major improvement for pedestrian connections in Pasadena, especially transit users who are either getting off the Memorial Park station or trying to get to it. Converting a once unused pathway, where the actual Gold Line trains run underneath as a subway, into a pedestrian alleyway is yet another clear indication of Pasadena’s commitment to enhancing the pedestrian experience.
In addition, there are talks of using the new alleyway to host outdoor festivals or even a new farmers market in Pasadena!
According to the Public Information Officer of Pasadena, Ann Erdman:
“The City of Pasadena has a temporary agreement with MTA to make improvements to the alleyways, except that we can’t excavate. The grade is steeper than it should be for a pedestrian walkway, so we’ll put in an asphalt overlay to get the ideal 2% grade. The fences will be removed. Also, we’ll place planters, benches and trash receptacles along the walkway. The timeline — you’ll see asphalt going down next week, and then hopefully by Thanksgiving the planters and other items will be put in place. We’re trying to encourage property owners in the area to put up lighting on their buildings that will shine down on the walkway at night since we’re not allowed to dig any holes for light poles.”
I asked if the asphalt would eventually be replaced by something more aesthetically pleasing geared toward pedestrians:
“Putting in a different surface material would be up to MTA in the future.”