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Friday, July 12, 2013

Alhambra 710 Information Cards

Did you know… 1.

The 710 tunnel will not relieve the congestion on Alhambra’s surface streets.

Metro's origin and destination traffic studies show that 84% of vehicles
exiting the 710 in Alhambra will not use the tunnel for one
of two reasons: their destinations are local and there are no exits
planned for the tunnel between Valley Blvd. and the City of Pasadena;
OR they want to avoid paying the congestion pricing-based
toll (toll diversion rates are projected to be 35%). This traffic will
continue to clog the surface streets of Alhambra and the streets of
adjacent cities. The tunnel will do nothing to solve problems on
Atlantic, Garfield, New, Huntington, Valley, Mission or Commonwealth.
Metro reports that there are currently 44,000 vehicles a
day on the 710 north of the 10, but they project a five-fold increase
to 180,000 per day after the tunnel is built.

Did you know… 2.

Metro plans to control tunnel capacity with tolls.

Metro has proposed the possibility of a single-bore tunnel, reducing
lanes in each direction from 4 to 2. Tunnel capacity would be
halved, and yet Metro plans to widen the 710 leading to the tunnel,
exacerbating the “tunnel funnel”. When asked about the reduction
in capacity, they responded, "We will control tunnel capacity
with tolling." Measure R funds are insufficient to build the tunnel.
It can only be built through a Public-Private Partnership, and
this necessitates that it will be tolled. Tolls high enough to control
capacity mean more vehicles will avoid the tunnel. Alhambra and
environs will suffer the consequences -- idling cars & trucks on the
710 as it narrows to 2 northbound lanes; idling cars & trucks as
off-ramps are congested with drivers avoiding tolls; slow-moving
and idling cars & trucks STILL using surface streets -- all spewing
harmful emissions into the local atmosphere.

Did you know… 3

Air quality impacts are underestimated since the
data are based on Los Angeles County as a whole,
not tunnel-adjacent cities like Alhambra.

The assertion in the Around Alhambra article (07/13, p. 19B) that
“...preliminary analysis indicates there would be better air quality”
is not consistent with results of Metro’s own Alternatives Analysis.
Their report shows that three major categories of pollutants won’t
decrease, but instead, would actually increase county-wide by
anywhere from 0.01 – 0.35% relative to no build. Localized conditions
can be expected to be much worse. Pollution from the tunnel
will be vented only through the ends — not intermediate
stacks. Concentrated exhaust from miles of tunnel would be expelled
into Alhambra and adjacent areas from the south portal and
result in elevated levels of toxic pollutants.

Did you know… 4.

Over 294,000 truckloads of dirt will be excavated
to construct the south portal.

Metro reports that 5 million cubic yards of dirt must be removed at
the south portal which will be constructed in Alhambra and Los
Angeles — not south of Valley Blvd. While the haul destination is
yet undetermined, the resulting 294,000 truckloads of dirt (17 cubic
yards per truck) will be hauled under Valley Blvd. to enter the
710. During the 9 -12 years it will take for construction, Metro
plans to store a significant portion of the dirt on site to use for the
“cover” of the “cut and cover” portal construction. No details have
been specified for minimizing impacts due to windblown dirt or
muddy runoff during rain storms.

Did you know… 5.

It’s not about South Pasadena any more! Public
opposition to connecting the 710 to the 210 has
grown explosively.

Contrary to assertions in Alhambra’s press release that “...public support
for the completion of (closing) the gap has grown significantly” — just
the opposite is true! After analyzing impacts and costs of this project,
over 30 cities, neighborhood associations, healthcare organizations,
school districts and other agencies have officially opposed the connection.
Among these are: City of Los Angeles, La Cañada Flintridge,
Glendale, Sierra Madre, La Crescenta, South Pasadena, Eagle Rock,
Glassell Park, Lincoln Heights, Mt. Washington, Highland Park, El Sereno
and others. Elected officials including Congressman Adam Schiff, State
Senator Carol Liu, Assemblymembers Mike Gatto, Cameron Smyth,
Jimmy Gomez and Anthony Portantino (former) as well as the new
Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, all oppose the extension. (See
Sources for complete list.)

Did you know… 6.

Cost estimates for the tunnel have varied so
widely as to be unreliable.

Since a tunnel was first presented as an option, cost estimates by government
agencies have ranged from $1—$14 Billion. A recent article in
Around Alhambra states, “Studies indicate that the tunnel project can be
built through a Public-Private Partnership, with approximately $1.29 billion
in public funding that would help attract over $2.53 billion in private
capital, with ongoing maintenance collected through tolls”, inferring a
total cost of $3.82 Billion. However Metro’s own Alternative Analysis
released in December, 2012 cites a cost of $5.46 Billion. This estimate
is only 1/2 Metro’s $10 Billion estimate for a tunnel of the same diameter
and length for the Sepulveda Pass Corridor project. Currently under
construction in Seattle is a tunnel of the same diameter but only 1/5 the
length of the 710 tunnel at a cost of $3.1 Billion. You do the math and
then ask yourself how a tunnel 5 times as long can cost the same as Seattle's?

Sources: 1.

SR 710 North Study. Technical Advisory Committee Meeting No. 9 —
February 13, 2013. PowerPoint Presentation. http://www.metro.net/
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Public Private
Partnership Program. Prepared by InfraConsult, March 2012. http://
SR 710 North Study. Technical Advisory Committee Meeting No. 8 —
November 14, 2012. PowerPoint Presentation.
`Fact-checked by the No 710 Action Committee
Learn more at: www.no710.com

Source: 2.

SR 710 North Study. Technical Advisory Committee Meeting No. 10 —
April 24, 2013. PowerPoint Presentation.

Sources: 3.

Around Alhambra, Alhambra’s Community Newspaper. ‘Research suggests
a tunnel is the best option to close 710-210 Gap’ Page 19B, July,

Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority SR-710 Alternatives
Analysis Report. Appendix O, Air Quality Technical Memorandum. December,
2012. http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist07/resources/envdocs/

Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority SR-710 Alternatives
Analysis Report. Pages 147—151. December, 2012. http://
Fact-checked by the No 710 Action Committee
Learn more at: www.no710.com

Source: 4 .

SR 710 North Study. Technical Advisory Committee Meeting No. 10 —
April 24, 2013. PowerPoint Presentation, Slide 70.

Sources: 5. 

Around Alhambra, Alhambra’s Community Newspaper. 710 Day:
a celebration about ‘Closing the Gap’. July, 2013.

No 710 Action Committee website. Resources tab. “Resolutions
and Statements Against the SR-710 North Extension”

Sources: 6.

Around Alhambra, Alhambra’s Community Newspaper. ‘Research suggests
a tunnel is the best option to close 710-210 Gap’ July, 2013.

Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority SR-710 Alternatives
Analysis Report. December, 2012. http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist07/

LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Sepulveda Pass Corridor
Systems Planning Study, November, 2012. Preliminary Cost Report. http://

Washington State Department of Transportation project website:

SR 710 Fwy— Tunnel Alternative Fact Sheet. http://www.metro.net/