Metro and Caltrans invite the community to participate in the I-710 South Corridor Task Force (710 Task Force) meeting on Thursday, February 17 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The fifth Task Force meeting will be open to the public and provide an opportunity for public comment throughout the agenda. Please note that this meeting is virtual due to the ongoing pandemic.
During Task Force meeting #4, Metro shared preliminary results for its Stakeholder Survey, which is aimed at helping the Working Groups develop and refine their recommendations of the Community Leadership Committee (CLC) and Coordinating Committee (previously referred to as the Executive Steering Committee) to the Task Force. Metro also provided an update on the status of the development of the CLC and encouraged the public to join in the upcoming Community Engagement Strategy Working Group.
Looking forward to meeting #5, Task Force members will vote on two important items before starting a discussion on the Vision and Goals. First, the Task Force will vote on the final draft of the 710 Task Force Charter, which contains recommendations from the Charter and Governance Working Group. And second, the Task Force will vote on the nominees for the Coordinating Committee (CC).
As a reminder, applications for the Community Leadership Committee will remain open until Friday, March 4, 2022 (extended from the original deadline of Feb. 18, 2022), and are available in English, Spanish, Tagalog and Khmer.
The agenda and meeting materials are available on the project website.
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.
To participate in the meeting, please use the information below:
Virtual Task Force Meeting #5 (open to all who want to attend)
Thursday, February 17, 2022, from 5-7:30pm
Registration Link: https://tinyurl.com/710TaskForce-Mtg5
Webinar ID: 839 8419 0478
English Call‐In: 213.338.8477
Llamada en español: 872.240.3212
Código de acceso: 518-985-589
សេចក្ដីលម្អិត អំពីការហៅចូលប្រជុំ: 872.240.3412
Mga Detalye sa Call-in sa Pagpupulong: 571.317.3122
Interpretation in Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog will be provided.
Se proporcionará interpretación en español, jemer y tagalo.
មានការ បកប្រែផ្ទាល់មាត់ ជា ភាសាអេស្ប៉ាញ ភាសាខ្មែរ និងភាសាតាហ្កាឡុក។
Ibibigay ang interpretasyon sa Espanyol, Khmer at Tagalog.