Metro will hold its first meeting of the newly formed I-710 South Corridor Task Force (710 Task Force) on Monday, September 13, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please note that this meeting is virtual only due to the ongoing pandemic.
The I-710 Corridor Project was originally conceived as a way to improve traffic safety, modernize the freeway design and accommodate growth in traffic and goods movement — particularly from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. This section of freeway was built in the 1950s and ‘60s and stretches 19 miles from the ports through 16 cities and communities to East Los Angeles.
The project was halted in March 2021 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signaled that the project wouldn’t meet federal air quality conformity standards. In approving the project in 2018, the Metro Board prioritized local interchange and arterial road upgrades, new pedestrian and bike crossings and more funds for near-zero and zero emission trucks — while also holding off a decision on potentially widening the freeway that would displace residents and businesses in adjacent communities.
In response to the EPA’s decision and these displacement concerns, the Metro Board in May 2021 directed Metro to suspend work on the environmental process and re-engage community members and local stakeholders as part of a collaborative reevaluation of the project through an equitable, multimodal framework.
The 710 Task Force was created in response to these needs and will bring together community, public and private stakeholders that will give voice to local and regional needs for improvement on and around the 710 freeway. It will also solicit feedback and input from the public, particularly from residents in communities along the corridor.
The 710 Task Force meetings will be open to the public and an opportunity to make public comment will be available at each meeting.
To participate in the first meeting, please use the information below:
710 Task Force – Meeting #1
Monday, September 13, 2021
Visit https://tinyurl.com/710TaskForce-Mtg1 to register to attend
Webinar ID: 823 7929 0229
English Call-in: (213) 338-8477
Llamada en español: (646) 749-3335
Código de acceso: 773-633-757
The Task Force is charged with leading this process by focusing on equity, public engagement and bringing local jurisdictions and community based organizations to the table with traditional regional transportation and freight stakeholders.
The Task Force is expected to provide a report of its feedback and findings to the Metro Board of Directors and State of California by April 2022.