Meeting on 710 Freeway Extension to be Held at Rose Bowl

Metro has added an additional date to discuss alternatives to the proposed 710 Freeway tunnel extension, a required part of the environmental work for that project.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold a meeting in Pasadena to discuss alternatives to the proposed 710 Freeway tunnel extension on May 30.

The meeting will be the last of several forums that have been held as part of the, “Alternative Analysis phase of the SR-710 Study,” according to the Metro website, which is aimed at “bridging the gap” in this freeway from Long Beach.

The analysis is a required part of planning the extension of the 710 freeway through a 7.1-mile tunnel, a project that has been opposed by some over concerns about pollution and traffic increases on the 210 Freeway.  

The alternative concepts, two of which are graphically represented in the attached images, include:

• Bus Rapid Transit
• Light Rail Transit
• Highways and Arterials
• Freeways
• “No Builds”
• Traffic Management

The meeting will be on May 30 from 6-8 pm at the Rose Bowl's Visitor's Locker Room.  Attendees should park in Lot F and enter through Gate A.

reality check May 26, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Metro is not being honest at these meetings. The 710 Freeway is being built for use by the LA/LB ports for "GOODS MOVEMENT". http://www.everythinglongbeach.com/metro-transportation-projects-2011/ In this article, Doug Failing FROM METRO gave information to the reporter explaining that while 18 projects” in the works “are designed primarily to give people a better commute” – 3 other projects; the I-710 south, 710 NORTH gap closure, the High Desert Corridor are intended to “ADDRESS THE DEMANDS OF COMMERCE — specifically goods movement” (this means trucks) The 3% figure (lie) they are giving us now is based on the trucks currently using the route (because there is no freeway past Valley Blvd.) After the ports expand from 34,000 daily truck trips to 92,000 daily truck trips... it wont be a measly 3% using their “specifically goods movement” corridor. Also, is everyone aware that the tunnel will have no on or off ramps? It’s obviously not intended for local traffic congestion relief (another aspect Metro doesn’t advertise). Plus check out the tolling: http://www.scag.ca.gov/rtp2008/pdfs/finalrtp/reports/fFinance_AppF_02_SR710.pdf “Trucks would pay an average of $15.23”-… this is how they recoup the cost. Unless it's used as a trucking corridor they wont be able to conclude a Public Private Partnership deal.
reality check May 26, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Also: Quote from Metro regarding increased truck traffic from the ports: http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/images/final-2009-LRTP.pdf page Sec1:42 5th paragraph "This trade activity, in turn, will result in DAILY PORT-generated TRUCK traffic increasing from 60,000 in 2005 to 140,000 truck trips PER DAY by 2030 despite significant efforts by the Ports to increase on-dock rail capacity and usage." http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/images/2009_lrtp_techdoc.pdf PG 18 "Currently, goods movement-related traffic is growing at a faster rate than that of automobiles. DAILY TRUCK TRAFFIC on I-710 ALONE is expected to increase from 38,000 to approximately 90,000 trucks A DAY by the year 2035."
reality check May 26, 2012 at 09:48 PM
The 710 Tunnel will be a tolled freeway. Read this to see how insane the tolling prices can become: http://news.yahoo.com/states-looking-tolls-pay-highways-161604357.html;_ylc=X3oDMTNuNGRpcmEyBF9TAzIxNDYwMjEzNzMEYWN0A21haWxfY2IEY3QDYQRpbnRsA3VzBGxhbmcDZW4tVVMEcGtnAzg1ZGFmYWVmLTc1MDMtMzc2My1hYjQzLThhMjVlZjA3N2M2NARzZWMDbWl0X3NoYXJlBHNsawNtYWlsBHRlc3QD;_ylv=3 “Some tolling agencies could also use "a dose of sunshine," Baxandall said. Because many are quasi-governmental, public disclosure, open meeting and other transparency rules don't always apply, he said. As a result, they frequently operate out of public sight, creating opportunities for corruption or manipulation by industry, he said.” “The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently raised cash fares on six Interstate bridges and tunnels to $12 for cars. By 2015, it will cost a five-axle truck paying cash $105 to cross between New York and New Jersey, three times as much as for any other bridge or tunnel in the country, according to the American Trucking Association.”
reality check May 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM
There are better solutions than a tolled tunnel: 1) the GRID - a sorting and zero-emission container supply chain http://planetforward.org/idea/the-grid-project-green-rail-intelligent-development/ 2) CargoWay - flexible (CNG/electric) trams that travel on both roads and rail lines. http://www.megarail.com/pdf/CRLBLA-7a.pdf 3) Freight Shuttle – Electric powered transporters over elevated guideways. http://www.freightshuttle.com/
reality check May 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Info on toll costs for the 710 tunnel (link above not good) so here is another: _http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/transportation/PDFs/2008%20Draft%20RTP%20Tunnel%20Financial%20Assessment.pdf Page 4 _“Trucks would pay an average of $15.23”-… this is how they recoup the cost. Unless it's used as a trucking corridor they wont be able to conclude a Public Private Partnership deal.


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