Metro Invites Public to Open Houses on 710 Freeway

Six community forums are scheduled May 17-24 on extending the 710 Freeway. The closest meetings to Sierra Madre are in La Cañada and South Pasadena.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Caltrans are scheduled to hold community forums this week through May 24 to facilitate a public discussion about various “alternative concepts” to the proposed extension of the 710 freeway into the Los Angeles area.

The forums, which are part of the so-called “Alternative Analysis phase of the SR-710 Study,” according to the Metro website, are aimed at “bridging the gap” in this freeway from Long Beach. The idea is to relieve congestion and enhance traffic mobility, particularly that of cargo-laden trucks from the Long Beach port, in the study area.

The alternative concepts, two of which are graphically represented in the attached images, include:

• Bus Rapid Transit
• Light Rail Transit
• Highways and Arterials
• Freeways
• “No Builds”
• Traffic Management

The proposed extension of the 710 freeway through a 7.1-mile tunnel has been opposed by some over concerns about pollution and traffic increases on the 210 Freeway.  

Members of the public who attend the May 17-24 open houses will have an opportunity to interact with MTA and Caltrans officials and have their questions and concerns addressed.

Anyone is welcome to attend the open houses during the meeting hours, which, with one exception, are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

“This is a learning environment in which community members may engage at their own pace and in the subject matter that interests them most,” notes the Metro website. “The alternative concepts and other study process information will be available for viewing on large interactive boards staffed by multi-disciplinary team members.”

Metro warns, however, that the forums are not public hearings and that there will be no formal presentations made during them.

Here are the venues and schedules for the open houses:

Thursday, May 17, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

2057 Fair Park Ave., 90041

Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 12 noon

4463 Oak Grove Dr., La Cañada 91011

Tuesday, May 22, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
El Monte Community Center
3130 Tyler Ave., El Monte, 91731

Wednesday, May 23, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
South Pasadena Library Community Room
1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena, 91030

Thursday, May 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Alhambra
101 S Atlantic Blvd., Alhambra 91801

PLEASE NOTE: In the past, Metro and Caltrans have changed venues for scheduled public meetings without notice. To ensure against last-minute changes, call (855) 477-7100 (phone messages are retrieved at least once every business day). You may also correspond by email at sr710study@metro.net or use Metro's Comment/Question Form about the project and how it will affect your life in Northeast Los Angeles.

You can follow and respond to live tweets of each meeting @sr710study. Metro encourages the public to use #whatsnext710 in their tweets to participate.


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