The 710 tunnel appears to be dead at last! This morning the LA Metro Board voted unanimously to drop its support for the 710 Freeway tunnel, and to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars that had been earmarked for the tunnel to local transportation alternatives instead.
So many persons in my Council District, Pasadena, South Pasadena, La Canada, Glendale and beyond, including my office, have worked together tirelessly for literally decades to put an end to the 710 extension. The surface route was eliminated a few years ago, and the tunnel was the last gasp for the 710; and now that's been eliminated too!
I could not possibly name everyone to whom gratitude is owed, but many thanks to everyone who supported my motions in 2000 and 2012 (making the official position of the City of Pasadena to oppose the 710), to those who participated in and attended the several 710 forums we held over the years, to the dedicated freeway fighters in Pasadena and our region, and very special thanks to the Metro Boardmembers for making this historic decision, especially LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and County Supervisor Kathryn Barger. It has been a long but important and worthwhile fight and in the end we have prevailed. I'm sure we will organize a celebration in the near future, as we look forward to reclaim the freeway "stub" and reintegrate it and the CalTrans homes back into our West Pasadena neighborhoods.