Tunnel Not Part Acceleration Effort by Metro
By Bill Glazier, July 6, 2013
is in the process of making a series of public outreach meetings in the
midst of an environmental impact study for the 710 Freeway Gap Closure.
One stop is scheduled for South Pasadena City Hall on July 17 with a presentation entitled: “SR-710 North Study” starting at 7:30 p.m. at 1414 Mission Street in South Pasadena.
The meetings are designed to inform the public about the five transit options that will help to reduce congestion and improve mobility in the San Gabriel Valley, East/Northeast Los Angeles, and the region.
One of the alternatives is a tunnel under South Pasadena, which the South Pasadena City Council, longtime freeway fighters and city officials, including City Manager Sergio Gonzalez, fears.
The other alternatives include bus rapid transit, light rail and spot improvements to intersections throughout the region to improve traffic flow.
“At these meetings, Metro is updating the public on how well those alternatives are competing against each other,”explained Gonzalez, noting that the draft environmental impact report is estimated to be made available sometime in late 2013 or early 2014, followed by extensive comment period,” he said. “We will continue to work to make sure the freeway tunnel option is not included in that final EIR.”
Meanwhile, the Metro board on Thursday met to consider an item to accelerate the funding for some projects by borrowing against the proceeds of Measure R, the ½-cent sales tax initiative approved by Los Angeles County voters. The measure, approved in 2008, provides a projected $40 billion to traffic and transportation upgrades for the next 30 years.
In order to expedite some of these projects, Metro voted to approve the acceleration for the funding,“to basically borrow against future proceeds,” explained Gonzalez. “The big accomplishment for the city is that the 710 gap closure project is not included in the acceleration effort. We believe it would be bad policy to include a project before you have even made a decision on the preferred alternative. This is certainly positive and we need to continue with the momentum and eliminate the freeway tunnel alternative.”
Meeting Details Regarding 710 North Study
Los Angeles Presbyterian Church
2241 N Eastern Av., El Sereno
Saturday, July 20, 2013 – 9:30 – 11:30 am
Blair High School
1201 S. Marengo Av; Pasadena
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 – 6-8 pm
Langley Senior Center
400 W Emerson Av; Monterey Park
In addition, the City of Alhambra has declared July 10 as “710 Day,” urging residents to support the tunnel concept. The event will take place at the corner of Fremont Avenue and Valley from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Metro Stakeholders Outreach Advisory Committee meeting takes place at One Gateway Plaza in Los Angeles on July 11 starting at 7:30 a.m.
The Metro Board meets on July 25 at 9 a.m. in the Metro Board Room, One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor, in Los Angeles.