Metro Board to consider motion on 710 North project alternative
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 motion is part of an item that includes a status report (posted below) on the project’s environmental study and the performance of the different project alternatives, including a single bore freeway tunnel with truck restrictions.
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. A status update was also given to the Board’s congestion committee on the study. The five project alternatives studied include a freeway tunnel, light rail, bus rapid transit, TSM/TDM improvements and the no-build option. The update:
After the State Route 710 North study team compared and weighed the benefits and impacts of a range of multi-modal alternatives, reviewed approximately 8,000 comments received during public circulation of the State Route 710 North Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement, and completed the performance evaluation for each of the five alternatives studied over the past few years, the alternative that best addresses the purpose and need of the project and the performance measures set to evaluate all alternatives considered in the environmental process is the Single Bore Freeway Tunnel (SBFT) with tolls and truck restrictions.
The alternative reduces regional and local congestion associated with north-south travel demand within the study area and delivers the best transportation performance and benefits with the least environmental impacts. However, the alternative is not fundable in the foreseeable future.
On Wednesday, May 17, the Ad-Hoc Congestion, Highway and Roads Committee of the Metro Board voted to receive and file a status update presented by staff and approved recommending a motion, introduced by Metro Board Chair John Fasana, that the Metro Board will consider at its meeting on Thursday, May 25th.
The motion, among other actions, moves that the Metro Board:
- Adopt the Transportation System Management/Transportation Demand Management Alternative (TSM/TDM) as the Locally Preferred Alternative.
- Allocate $105 million of Measure R funds to develop and implement the projects listed in the TSM/TDM alternative.
- Allocate the remaining Measure R funds towards new mobility improvement projects within the San Gabriel Valley to relieve congestion.
It is anticipated the final environmental document for the SR 710 North Project will be completed by the first quarter of 2018. Upon completion of the environmental document, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 7 will select the Preferred Alternative.
Board Meeting Details
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Metro Board of Directors Meeting
One Gateway Plaza
Metro Board Room, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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