The Santa Fe route across Pasadena was significantly altered north
and east of Colorado Blvd. in the early 1970s. In conjunction
with construction of the I-210 Foothill Freeway, numerous grade
crossings were eliminated and the track was relocated to the median
of the new artery. In and near that city's
downtown, however, grade crossings remained, including at Colorado
Blvd., a famous and very busy street in a district then grown old
That portion of the old surface right of way was lowered with the
coming of the Gold Line.
In this 2001 view construction was taking place to dig under several downtown
streets, including Colorado Blvd. That street is now the focus for an area that has undergone tremendous revitalization.
This part of Pasadena, once very decrepit, is now Old Town, a fun and generally upscale place to stroll through, with
shopping and dining opportunities.
The surface has been paved over, with no obvious evidence of
transit activity below in this immediate area.