Metro is seeking a diverse and committed group of community members to participate in the I-710 South Corridor Community Leadership Committee (CLC) from March to December 2022 for approximately 4 to 6 hours per month.
Applications for the CLC are now open for those who live or work within the I-710 South Corridor. This committee will allow residents and workers in impacted communities along the 710 South Corridor to advise the 710 Task Force throughout its process on goals, proposals, and recommendations.
The CLC will also “ground-truth” (verify) data and findings, advise on community engagement efforts, and take an active role in supporting the 710 Task Force’s work to engage with a broad base of local community members.
Community members can apply to the I-710 South Corridor Community Leadership Committee by completing the application in English, Spanish, Khmer, or Tagalog. The application has additional information CLC member responsibilities, compensation, qualifications and selection process. Applications will be accepted through Friday, February 18, 2022.
Some quick background for those new to the 710 Task Force:
The I-710 South 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. The Task Force is expected to provide a multimodal Investment Plan for the I-710 South Corridor that incorporates community feedback and findings to the Metro Board of Directors and State of California in 2022.