Three 710 Meetings Scheduled in January

More technical details are expected to be shared with concerned citizens.

Later this month, local residents will have the opportunity to discuss with experts and officials plans for the one 710 extension route that Metro has yet to scratch from its list: an underground tunnel that would run beneath the South Pasadena and El Sereno.

During the three All Communities Convening Open House events next week, information will be shared about the five alternatives that will be carried into the Draft Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement for in depth environmental analysis. They include:

  • No-Build
  • Transportation System Management/Transportation Demand Management
  • Bus Rapid Transit
  • Light Rail Transit
  • Freeway Tunnel

While several foothill cities have opposed the 710 tunnel, San Marino's City Council has been supportive of the idea.

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Maranatha High School
169 South Saint John Ave., Pasadena

Thursday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
San Marino Community Church
1750 Virginia Road, San Marino 

Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Cal State Los Angeles
Golden Eagle Building – Ballroom, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles

Why Is It Important to Participate?

During these meetings, the public will learn about the multi-modal alternative concepts under evaluation in the SR-710 Study process, including, but not limited to, the “No-Build” alternative, improvements to local streets, the expansion of light rail and bus transit systems, as well as freeway options.

What is the Format of these Meetings?

Locals are invited to attend any of the Open Houses to learn more about the SR 710 Study and the five alternatives under review, to engage directly with members of the Study Team, and have questions answered.

There will be a video presentation that will run throughout each open house. Members of the public are encouraged to visit information stations at their own pace to learn about the project need, the alternatives analysis screening and environmental review processes, and the five alternatives that will be considered in the EIR/S. Information shared at each meeting will be identical.


Highland Park Prefers 'No Build' Option

Tom Williams January 14, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Just another METRO Snow Job - 1-on-1 talk to the specialists when in fact after a few minutes you will find that they don't answer the questions and then if 3 people ask the same question and compare the answers. The 200+ alterrnatives were reduced to 100+, then to 40+ then to 20+ then to 11 and now 5...without the public participating and with no verified data and changing purposes and needs. Now METRO has 3 build alternatives - highway, bus, and light rail which have totally different purposes and needs - ever seen a 53ft truck container box on a bus or Gold Line train??? BUT they gave us a numberr Project will carry 180,000 vehicles per day - 8 lane highway = 22,500 vehicles per lane/day - Huntington only carries 10,000 cars-lane/day - about 1000car/lane/hour x 10hrs - so why the greater capacity in a tunnel - 1. more hours, 2. more trucks, and 3. need ### to get the $$$ from tolls to pay for a $10B project METRO wants the show to be 1-on-1 so that the staff can snow us 1-on-1 rather than all hearing the same answers to the same questions from/for us all. Come with others - each get your questions arranged and ask different METROs the same questions at different times and see what you get as responses. Remember METRO failed on Measure J because more are understanding these people are tring to snow us and get a $10B project approved so they have guaranteed employment for the future...
Freeway Fighter January 14, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Gee I wonder which option the Central Party committee headed by czar Barbara Messina will choose. Maybe the F7 tunnel?
Tom Williams January 14, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Actualy it is Czarina Barbara and Czar Failing But only after she shifts the "portal", cut-n-cover tunnel, and bored tunnel into ElSereno and gets her slip-roads across the UPRRto feed Mission Road and Huntington Drive. What good is dumping traffic onto Valley without spreading it to Mission and Huntington - NO interchanges only slip roads and allows service to Templeton>Costco and Poplar>Target also Mission/Huntington need improvements, and with 48000 trucks a day and 60000+ cars on F-7X bypass - more commuters via the slip roads will feed Mission/Huntington rather than going I-10 to New, DelMar, or SanGabriel and then north
Jane Demian January 14, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Metro has already made their decision. They've been wanting the freeway for decades and now have decided on the tunnel. They are only going through the motions to satisfy the requirements for public notification. They are providing as little information as possible, so as not to confuse an already confused public. It looks like they are providing information, but when you ask specific questions, they don't know the answer. Hmmm.
Sam Burgess January 14, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Interesting. Back about 1950 the City of San Marino opposed building a 6 lane state highway up Atlantic Blvd., across Huntington Dr. and then up Garfield Ave. to the then Arroyo Seco Parkway. (Garfield Ave. being the north-south border between San Marino and the City of South Pasadena. San Marino voted to have none of this and the plan was eventually scraped. Now jump ahead about 10 years and you have the Long Beach Freeway. Lo, and behold, this freeway is no longer in San Marino's backyard and thus is a needed and vital link in the Southern California freeway system. Jane, you are correct. Metro cannot/will not give specific answers to questions ... but...San Marino has a specific answer---build the tunnel and all the traffic problems in San Marino will magically disappear. And Barbara Messina will 2nd that motion.
Tom Williams January 14, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Yeah the difference is that - loose lips/loose numbers and lips sink ships BUT they are still just lips and preliminary estimates to be refine/changed as needed unless they belong to Leahy or Failing BUT Paper in the files brings up the issues of standing and record especially on environmental justice and future CEQA/NEPA suits I have only been in it for 25 years and it is "better" to have it thru METRO rather than Caltrans - where I think it will go eventually...but METRO would declare defeat if it was sent back to CTs - Hubris is such a wonderful term - I define as Arrogant without Substance. So get together with others - get some identical questions - ask the same questions to different people: Where did they get the 180,000 vehicles?? Where do they come from/go to? Why is the tunnel 100-150ft deep and where is it that deep? How will they avoid terrorist bombing of the tunnel?? Will there be trucks??, If no trucks why is the roadway over 16ft high...smaller tunnel if cars only?? Lots of luck - Don't Worry Be Happy and donate to those who will fight it in court
CV Gal January 15, 2013 at 05:19 PM
San Marino and 210 east residents you need to get the facts. This freeway WILL affect you and not in a good way. Go to no710.com and learn more.


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