710 Freeway tunnel opponents to hold protest rally

Elected officials from Pasadena, South Pasadena, La Canada, and Glendale along with members of the No 710 Action Committee will be protesting Saturday morning in Pasadena the 710 Freeway tunnel proposal. The event will include a press conference on the potential dangers of completing the freeway with a tunnel and the impact of a July 13 accident on the 5 and 2 freeways during which an oil tanker carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline overturned and caught fire inside a small tunnel interchange, causing significant structural damage.

"The press conference aims to educate the public and alert state agencies to the high risks associated with a completed tunnel and the exorbitant costs of the SR-710 toll tunnel project," the No 710 Action Committee wrote Thursday in a press release.

According to Joanne Nuckols, spokesperson for the No 710 Action Committee, the event has been planned for some time and is not a response to Alhambra's pro-tunnel rally last Wednesday. “There are many purposes to this press conference, but it was the tunnel accident that made us coalesce to put this event together,” Nuckols said.

Alhambra hosted "710 Day" on July 10 to declare its support for the 710 tunnel alternative. Although an environmental study of the extension alternatives is not due until Spring 2014, council members from Alhambra, Rosemead, San Marino, San Gabriel, and Monterey Park believe that the tunnel is the safest and most environmentally friendly option for completing the 710.

A tunnel is one of five options the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is considering. Still on the list are a light-rail line, rapid bus route, ride sharing and transit services, and "no-build" alternatives.

The No 710 Action Committee's press conference is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. at Blair High School, 1201 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, Calif., 91106. It will be followed by Metro's 710 information session in the school's cafeteria.

9 thoughts on “710 Freeway tunnel opponents to hold protest rally”

  1. The 710 tunnel will not relieve the congestion on the crowded surface streets of Alhambra, South Pasadena and adjacent cities.

    Metro’s origin and destination traffic studies show that 84% of vehicles exiting the 710 in Alhambra will not use the tunnel for one of two reasons: their destinations are local and there are no exits planned for the tunnel between Valley Blvd. and the City of Pasadena; OR they want to avoid paying the congestion pricing-based toll (toll diversion rates are projected to be 35%). This traffic will continue to clog the surface streets of Alhambra, South Pasadena and adjacent cities. The tunnel will do nothing to solve problems on Fremont, Atlantic, Garfield, New, Huntington, Valley, Mission or Commonwealth. Metro reports that there are currently 44,000 vehicles a day on the 710 north of the 10, but they project a five-fold increase to 180,000 per day after the tunnel is built.

    Sources:
    SR 710 North Study. Technical Advisory Committee Meeting No. 9 — February 13, 2013. PowerPoint Presentation. http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/sr_710/images/SR710_tac_meeting_9_

    Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Public Private Partnership Program. PPP Delivery Systems. Initial 6 Measure R Projects. Prepared by InfraConsult, July 8, 2010. http://www.no710.com/_critical-issues-links/financial-reports-&-investor

    SR 710 North Study. Technical Advisory Committee Meeting No. 8 — November 14, 2012. PowerPoint Presentation.
    http://media.metro.net/projects_studies/sr_710/images/SR710_tac_meeting_

  2. I find it ironic that the city continues to develop hundreds of new condos and apartments at levels that stagger the mind, and at the same time dismisses their impact on our traffic problems. Pushing for the tunnel solution while adding thousands of new residents to our city along with their cars does not make sense. I would love to see a moratorium on these massive developments, but that would never happen in Alhambra. So many residents have voiced their objections to the unchecked development and the answer by city hall is to ramp it up to new levels. As long as we continue to build without thought to our quality of life, we will only see more congestion and strain on our city services.

    1. TimK, you are so right!Those 5 story condos they’re building on Main St. are so massive! God forbid we become like Tokyo, New York, or Dubai. Shame on those developers that provide housing and business for our city. The nerve!

      1. Tom.
        Hey you might like the Grand Canyon look of Main Street now but I prefer the old town look of Monrovia and so do most of the residents who think this Main Street development is just too much. I went to the meeting when the development plan was first presented to the public and over 300 residents showed up and voiced their disapproval with the scale of the project. Not one supporter came to the microphone to say they liked it. The buildings are cheesy looking, the density levels too high and there is no green space. The only development that looks decent is the new County building on Main and Atlantic, and that was a county project. Main street has turned into a ghost town of empty storefronts and bland condo high rises. You call that a model for sound development? Give me a break.

      2. “Not one supporter came to the microphone to say they liked it.”

        Of course no one will support it in a hostile environment like that Tim, that’s politics. Would you if you had a mob of people with the same mentality opposing your views? Why don’t you give yourself a break! Those types of forums have been nothing but a place to vent fustrations instead of solutions. And it’s those types of attitudes that will continue to have a negative effect in the proper growth of our community.

        It’s okay, growth will happen man. You and your 300+ supporters won’t be able to stop the remaining 80,000+ Alhambrans who do support or are neutral about it…

        Just wait until Alhambra Pacific Plaza and Casita de Zen finishes. It will do wonders for our Main St. with new housing, restaurants and a market. Sounds like a model to me…

  3. @CB – So after 50 YEARS you think traffic is still the same? Do you think it is still the CHEAPEST? How much value do you place on TIME from the WASTED hours spent on traffic?

  4. The protesters are correct- A tunnel is not safe and too expensive. The best solution, after fifty years, is still a surface route. It is the cheapest, safest, and most environmentally friendly way to move traffic and alleviate the current daily congestion on our city streets.

  5. I don’t get it,what does the July 13 oil spill on the 5 & 2 have to do with the 710 freeway? Soon, the “No on 710” people will be blaming any freeway accidents on the 710. Are they (“No on 710”)more comfortable if these accidents occur on our streets?

  6. Thank you Alhambra Source for covering both sides of this issue.

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