A long-awaited study — the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) — was released Thursday, June 30, for the extension of the L Line (Gold), known as the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 project.
The proposed project would extend the L Line for nine miles from East Los Angeles to Whittier, serving the cities of Commerce, Montebello, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier, and the unincorporated communities of East Los Angeles and West Whittier-Los Nietos. The Draft EIR evaluates the proposed alternatives for the project, as well as their potential impacts and mitigation measures.
The report is available here for public comment and review.
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires recirculation of the report when there is significant new information. A Draft EIR was released in 2014 — however no decisions were made at that time as more planning refinements were made. The Draft EIR released today includes updated environmental analysis and the latest advanced engineering design for the project.
Following the 60-day review and comment period, the Metro Board will select an alternative — known as the “locally preferred alternative” as required by state environmental law.
Metro is gathering public input over the next 60 days on the Draft EIR in several difference ways — via online meetings, by mail and by phone. Three in-person public hearings and one virtual public hearing will be held in July and August with the dates and times listed below. A court reporter will be present at each hearing. Note that comments and questions will not receive a response during the hearings but will be addressed in the Final EIR, which is anticipated to be released in 2023. Comments can best be submitted via the following methods:
Online comment form: metro.net/eastsidecomments
Mail: Ms. Jenny Cristales-Cevallos, Project Manager, Metro One Gateway Plaza, MS 99-22-7 Los Angeles, CA 90012
To help support the Draft EIR, an online interactive tool has been developed to help understand the project, view the Draft EIR and maps and learn about the proposed alternatives. Visit metro.net/eastside2022. Here are the details on the public hearings:
Public Hearing #1: East Los Angeles
Thursday, July 21, 2022, 6–8pm
Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices (Northeast Parking Lot)
Public Hearing #2: Montebello
Saturday, July 30, 2022, 10am–12pm
Applied Technology Center High School
Public Hearing #3: Virtual
Thursday, August 11, 2022, 6–8pm
Zoom Link: tinyurl.com/3k8pms7f
Call-In Number: 213.338.8477
Meeting ID: 814 9183 9547
Public Hearing #4: Whittier
Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 6–8pm
Whittier Community Center (Gymnasium)
*In-person public hearings are subject to change and may be held virtually based on changing COVID-19 safety regulations. For the latest information, please visit metro.net/eastside2022. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be offered. Video recordings will be made available on the project website.
ADA accommodations and translations are available by calling 323.466.3876 or California Relay service at 711 at least 72 hours in advance. To learn more about the project visit the project website or call the helpline at 213.922.6262.
Metro is committed to a comprehensive outreach program that provides project stakeholders with the necessary tools and resources to be educated and informed and provide valuable input at key milestones.
Prior to the release of the DEIR, Metro conducted virtual community information sessions on Monday, June 27 and Wednesday, June 29, to share information with the public — including the proposed location of a rail yard for the project and information on the Draft EIR. Visit the online interactive tool to view the information presented at metro.net/eastside2022
For complete project details, visit metro.net/eastsidephase2 or call the project helpline at 213.922.3012.