We have a (draft) plan for the Long Beach-East Los Angeles Corridor and we want your feedback

We recently released a plan designed to invest in a wide range of transportation-related improvements throughout the Long Beach-East Los Angeles (LB-ELA) Corridor –– a 19-miles long, approximately 5-miles wide region that includes 18 cities and communities along the 710 Freeway: Bell, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Carson, Commerce, Compton, Cudahy, Downey, Huntington Park, Lakewood, Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, Signal Hill, South Gate, Vernon, Wilmington, East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, San Pedro, East/Rancho Dominguez and Walnut Park. 

The plan –– officially the draft Long Beach-East LA Corridor Mobility Investment Plan, or CMIP –– is a result of a unique process. In Fall 2021, partnering with diverse community and regional stakeholders along this corridor, we formed a nearly 40-person task force and convened residents through a community leadership committee to re-envision transportation along the corridor, keeping equity and sustainability top of mind. It was critical that any improvements made along the 710/LB-ELA Corridor would not widen the freeway or displace homes or businesses, and the Investment Plan does not propose to fund any projects with identified displacements.  

The draft Investment Plan identifies, prioritizes, budgets, and plans for needed transportation improvements for these diverse communities. It leverages about $743 million in sales tax revenue to secure billions in additional state and federal funding that will help bring these needed transportation projects and programs to life.  

And we want your input! Our community meetings are happening right now, both virtually and in person. Join us –– you can find all the details here! We also welcome comments on the draft Investment Plan –– send them to 710corridor@metro.net by Friday, March 1, 2024.  

Categories: Transportation News

4 replies

  1. This is an important project. Metro needs to work with OCTA, Caltrans, and regional agencies to upgrade connections going east and SE from Long Beach to connect to major centers in Orange County and to LOSSAN corridor service to San Diego County.

  2. Oh, For a second I thought this was the CA-19 BRT proposal that most cities along the corridor have been calling for apparently.

  3. Feedback: Metro shouldn’t tear down any homes for freeway widening – and – should stop widening freeways in pollution-burden communities of color. Early on in the 710 corridor investment plan process, Metro’s Michael Cano asserted that there would be no freeway widening and no demolitions. Last week Cano said Metro will widen the 710 to add more lanes, and won’t rule out demolishing homes and other buildings. Please: no displacement! Keep your promises, Metro.

    • Hi Joe — Here’s a response from Michael Cano:

      “We are not recommending any projects with displacements, demolitions, or taking of homes and businesses. We are not recommending any widening of the freeway, which is already against Board policy. The position I articulated previously still holds true today.

      Earlier in the development of the Investment Plan, we removed projects from consideration that would likely require widening the freeway or displacing people from their homes and businesses to be implemented.

      These recommendations are in keeping with the community input we have received at our many workshops, Community Leadership Committees, Task Force meetings, and Equity Working Group meetings. Any implementation of freeway safety and interchange improvement projects will require the completion of an environmental review (CEQA/NEPA) and Board approval.”