Options for 710 Freeway:
Metro and Caltrans to Discuss Options with CSULA
By Destinee Cordeiro
Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Updated: Friday, January 25, 2013 16:01
In Los Angeles, there are quite a few residents who are unaffected by traffic and gridlock. Traffic continues to worsen yearly, and in 2008, two-thirds of Los Angeles County voted to soften their traffic nightmare by choosing to have Metro focus on solutions to assist transportation and traffic relief. One of the projects which has been proposed is an environmental study of the State Route 710, which runs directly next to the CSULA campus.
This study aims to focus on ways to make transportation from Los Angeles to Pasadena more convenient, with an emphasis on the environmental impact of the proposed changes. Currently, there are four alternatives to the proposed expansion of the 710 freeway. One option is not building. Another involves a bus rapid transit with refinements from East Los Angeles to Pasadena. Another is a light rail transit with refinements from Los Angeles to Pasadena. The final option is a freeway tunnel which would connect the north and south terminals of the 710 freeway. The project will be funded by Measure R taxes, a half-cent sales tax increase voted upon on 2008, which will provide $780 million dollars to the SR-710 project.
Both Metro and Caltrans are reaching out to the community for any ideas regarding this project by hosting various meetings within the 710 freeway expansion area. On January 26th, from 9am to 11am, the committees will be hosting an Open House event here at CSULA in the Golden Eagle Ball Room.
The expansion or alternatives utilized for the SR-710 project will have a direct impact on the students here at CSULA and their means of transportation to and from the university. Students are highly encouraged to attend and participate in this event, which will discuss the expansion and it’s four alternatives.