Public scoping meetings for the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project to be held in June

Attend a scoping meeting to get the latest updates and provide feedback on the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project that will extend the Gold Line from East L.A. to South El Monte and Whittier.

Whittier
Thursday, June 13
From 6 to 8 p.m.
Whittier Community Center
7630 Washington Ave. Whittier CA 90602

Commerce
Monday, June 17
From 6 to 8 p.m.
Commerce Senior Citizen Center
2555 Commerce Way, Commerce CA 90040

East Los Angeles
Wednesday, June 19
From 6 to 8 p.m.
4th Street New Primary Center
469 Amalia Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90022

South El Monte
Saturday, June 22
From 10 a.m. to noon
South El Monte Community Center
1530 Central Ave. South El Monte, CA 91733

Montebello
Monday, June 24
From 6 to 8 p.m.
Quiet Cannon Banquet Center
901 Via San Clemente, Montebello, CA 90640

Pico Rivera
Wednesday, June 26
From 6 to 8 p.m.
Pio Pico Woman’s Club
9214 Mines Ave. Pico Rivera, CA 90660

Each meeting will have the same information. Please attend the meeting that is most convenient. The presentation will begin 30 minutes after the scheduled start time. Refreshments, children’s activities and Spanish interpretation will be available.

Three light rail alternatives are being evaluated as part of this project: 

State Route 60

This alternative generally follows the southern edge of State Route 60 Freeway from the current Metro Gold Line terminus at Pomona and Atlantic boulevards and continues to Peck Road in South El Monte. A short segment shifts to the north side of the freeway between Greenwood Avenue and Paramount Boulevard.

Washington Boulevard 

This alternative could travel south along Atlantic Boulevard in an underground segment between the current Gold Line terminus at Pomona and Atlantic and the Citadel Outlets in Commerce. The route then proceeds east

along Washington Boulevard via aerial and at-grade (street level) alignments ending at Lambert Road in the City of Whittier.

Combined Alternative

The Combined Alternative is the complete build-out of both the SR 60 and the Washington Boulevard alternatives. This alternative could also provide a train between South El Monte and Whittier.

Minimal Operable Segments

Minimal Operable Segments (MOS) will also be evaluated for the project. The MOS approach allows for a start of project construction in the near-term with ultimate build-out of the project based on available funds. Any MOS must be able to operate as a stand-alone system and include a maintenance and storage facility.

We anticipate a Supplemental/Recirculated Draft EIS/EIR will become available for public review in mid-2020. After that the Metro Board will adopt a Locally Preferred Alternative.

Measure M allocates $6 billion for this project, scheduled in two cycles. Cycle 1 allocates $3 billion in 2029 and Cycle 2 allocates $3 billion in 2053. However, if funds can be identified and secured as part of Metro’s Twenty-Eight by ’28 Initiative, the Metro Board will direct staff to explore the possibility of accelerating the project schedule.

You can submit comments at any of the meetings, by email or regular mail during the 45-day public scoping period. The formal scoping period began Friday, May 31 and goes through Monday, July 15.

Written comments may be submitted to:

Jenny Cristales-Cevallos, Metro Project Manager
One Gateway Plaza
99-22-06
Los Angeles, CA 90012.

For more information on the project call (213) 922-3012, e-mail eastsidephase2@metro.net or visit www.metro.net/eastsidephase2.

All Metro meetings are held at ADA accessible facilities. Spanish translation will be provided at all meetings. Other ADA accommodations and translations will be available by calling (323) 466-3876 or California Relay Service at 711 at least 72 hours in advance.

12 replies

  1. CUT IT. You complain about not being able to fund a Vermont subway or Crenshaw Phase 2 but push ahead with rail extensions deep into the light-industrial wastes.

    • politics, bro… Tell that to the voters in said “light-industrial wastes” who also helped get Measure M passed.

  2. If it takes the southern route in needs to head down to and connect with the Green Line terminus. Interconnections like this are what make a good system. Rather than having loose ends, it creates options.

  3. Will people be allowed to ride their bicycles to any of these meetings? For many people using a bicycle as transportation means carrying a small tool kit. There is no AAA for bicycles, we are on our own. If these tools kits or bags used to store tool kits are not allowed in the meetings will it be possible for store our possessions somewhere safe outside of the meeting room? I’d rather not be told to put my bicycle bag in the trash or “leave it in your car” again.

  4. These new routes all go East/West and towards Downtown LA. They need to consider North/South routes like from Montebello to Pasadena especially after the 710 freeway crashed and burned. Widen the 110 freeway. Traffic will not fix itself.

  5. No matter what routes, please allocate more resources to sanitize the rolling stocks and stations. It is very sad that it has already become a standard procedure, to check the floors and the seats for unwanted substances, every time stepping into a train car.

  6. As a Whittier resident, I would love to see the southern section get built first, but I think it should be a separate line from the current Gold Line and be built with the intention of later being extended north of Atlantic station through Monterey Park/Alhambra to Pasadena (Maybe bring light rail back to the median on Huntington). More north/south connections are desperately needed in the east LA area. Especially if a line that roughly follows the 605 route from Long Beach to Irwindale also gets built to connect 3 different transit lines together.

  7. This project is a complete waste of taxpayer money. $6 billion for 25,000 riders. Meanwhile, the busiest bus corridor in Southern California, Vermont gets stuck with BRT so that wealthier sprawling suburbs can get a train they will barely use for their commutes to work, let alone other trips. Cut this now and focus on lines that will be used by hundreds of thousands of riders rather than this train to Costco and strip malls.

  8. […] Monday 6/24 and Wednesday 6/26 – Metro is hosting scoping meetings on extending the Eastside Gold Line from East L.A. to South El Monte and Whittier. This week’s meetings will be held on Monday 6/24 from 6-8 p.m. at the Quiet Cannon Banquet Center at 901 Via San Clemente in Montebello and Wednesday 6/26 from 6-8 p.m. at Pio Pico Woman’s Club at 9214 Mines Avenue in Pico Rivera. All meetings will have the same information. The presentation will begin thirty minutes after the scheduled start time. Refreshments, children’s activities, and Spanish interpretation will be available. Details at Metro project webpage or The Source. […]