Photo by John Schreiber.
File Photo. Photo by John Schreiber.

Caltrans and Metro released a draft environmental study of proposals to address the 4.5-mile gap between the Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena and the end of the Long Beach (710) Freeway in East Los Angeles.

The five alternatives proposed in the draft environmental impact report/environmental impact statement are:

— a “no build” option that would leave conditions as they are;

— a traffic management system to upgrade and synchronize signals and improvements to local street intersections to more quickly move traffic that exits the dead-end freeway;

— 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; and

— a freeway tunnel that would extend the 710 Freeway.

No decisions have been made on any proposed alternative in the report, said Paul Gonzales of Metro.

A 120-day public comment period began with the release of the document, Gonzales said.

Two public hearings have been scheduled for community input:

— on Saturday, April 11, at the Rosco C. Ingalls Auditorium on the campus of East Los Angeles College, with a map viewing from 10-11 a.m. and a public hearing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and

— on Tuesday, April 14, at the Pasadena Convention Center, with a map viewing from 5-6 p.m. and a public hearing from 7-9 p.m.

A third public hearing will be scheduled at another date, time and place.

“We look forward to receiving valuable input from communities and the public on this critically important transportation issue that has affected not only this area, but the region, for decades,” said Caltrans District 7 Director Carrie Bowen.

“The feedback we receive is a vital part of the project development process and helps inform the selection of a preferred alternative,” Bowen said.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the public hearings and read the document at

The public comment period ends July 6.

The full document can be viewed at the Caltrans District Office, 100 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Copies are also available at public libraries listed here: .

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, Gonzales said.

Altogether, about 26 detailed technical studies are included in the Draft EIR/EIS, Gonzales said.

Through the process of compiling the Draft EIR/EIS, Metro and Caltrans conducted 92 community meetings, participated in six city-sponsored community forums, and held over 200 briefings with community stakeholders.

City News Service

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