Purpose

To consolidate, disseminate, and gather information concerning the 710 expansion into our San Rafael neighborhood and into our surrounding neighborhoods. If you have an item that you would like posted on this blog, please e-mail the item to Peggy Drouet at pdrouet@earthlink.net

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Metro Board to Consider Motion on 710 North Project Alternative

By Steve Hymon, May 17, 2017

A motion that would support one of the five alternatives for the 710 North project -- to improve local roads -- as the project's 'locally preferred alternative' was approved on a 3 to 2 vote Wednesday by the Metro Board of Director's Ad Hoc Congestion, Highways and Roads Committee.
The alternative's official name is "Transportation System Management/Transportation Demand Management" (TSM/TDM) and includes traffic signal upgrades and synchronization, local street and intersection improvements, improved connections to existing bus service and the promotion of rideshare in the area around the gap in the 710 between Alhambra and Pasadena. These are the kind of projects that Metro staff have said could provide immediate travel benefits.
The motion is posted above. Something worth highlighting: the motion calls for spending $105 million on the TSM/TDM alternative and using the remaining project funds -- potentially hundreds of millions of dollars -- for new mobility projects in the San Gabriel Valley area. Please see the motion for details.
In committee, the 'yes' votes were from Board Members John Fasana, Kathryn Barger and Ara Najarian and the 'no' votes were from Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker and Janice Hahn. The full Board will consider the item at their meeting next Thursday (May 25) at 9 a.m. The public can listen and watch Board meetings online.
The project's final environmental study is due to be released by the end of this year. The five project alternatives studied include a freeway tunnel, light rail, bus rapid transit, TSM/TDM improvements and the no-build option. Here is is the project homepage, which includes much more background about the project.