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Friday, June 19, 2015

Caltrans and Metro extend public comment period for SR-710 North Study and release cost-benefit analysis


By Steve Hymon, June 19, 2015

Here is the news release from Caltrans and Metro: 
To provide more time for study and community input, Caltrans and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today extended the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) on SR-710 North until August 5, 2015. In addition, Caltrans and Metro today released the Analysis of Costs and Benefits (CBA) for the SR-710 North study alternatives. The CBA can be read at http://media.metro.net/projects_studies/sr_710/images/attachmentb_sr710cbareport_2015-0619.pdf

The CBA was prepared in response to direction by the Metro Board. The motion directed the chief executive officer to conduct a parallel cost-benefit analysis concurrent with the Draft EIR/EIS. The CBA is a means of applying an economic value to alternatives, which enables the costs of an alternative to be compared directly to the benefits the alternative will deliver. The CBA will be considered in conjunction with the 

The Draft EIR/EIS is in the midst of public review that began March 6, 2015. An EIR is required to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act and an EIS fulfills requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. The laws require government agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid, minimize or mitigate any adverse effects. Information from public comments will be weighed before preparing the final environmental document. 

Caltrans and Metro have conducted four public hearings since the opening of the comment period and a fifth hearing is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the David Wark Griffith Middle School located at 4765 East Fourth Street, Los Angeles, Calif. 90022. Map viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. followed by a public hearing from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   

Saturday’s hearing will be available as a live webcast that can be accessed in English at ustream.tv/channel/sr-710-study and in Spanish at ustream.tv/channel/sr-710-espanol

The five alternatives proposed in the Draft EIR/EIS are: 

•No Build option that would leave conditions as they are

•A rapid bus line featuring high frequency service with minimal stops and potentially a dedicated bus lane

•Light rail to carry passengers between East Los Angeles and Pasadena

•A freeway tunnel that would extend the SR-710

No decisions have been made on any proposed alternative in the Draft EIR/EIS.

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Los Angeles Residents Just Keep Driving Less and Less


By Bianca Barragan, June 18, 2015




Los Angeles has a complicated relationship with the car—the city was molded throughout the mid- and late- Twentieth Century to rely on them, but as it filled up, they started to feel more and more like little metal prisons. Over the past 20 years, LA has started to rebuild its lost public transit system (and the process has been sped up over the last decade with the help of the Measure R sales tax), and Angelenos have gradually been driving less and riding buses and trains more. Future Santa Monica City Manager and outgoing Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Rick Cole tweeted the chart above, from an LA City Planning report (just exactly which one is mysterious), showing a consistent decline since 2002 in per capita vehicle miles traveled, or how much each person drives. In 2013, the average Angeleno drove over an hour less than she did in 2002. Progress!