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710-gap solution: a tunnel or trains, bikes, and more?

710 terminus in AlhambraA three-year, $37 million environmental study to determine the best option to close the 710-gap launched last week.

The Metro backed initiative, which brought on consultant CH2M Hill, has just begun, but "the two cities in the direct path of a 710 Freeway solution—Alhambra and South Pasadena—are deeply divided over what resolution would best serve the area," reports NBC News.

Alhambra is backing a tunnel rather as a solution to the way in which 710 traffic is currently dumped on its clogged streets. South Pasadena, in contrast, which has a Gold Line station, is promoting a vision for a "multimodal approach", incorporating bikes, trains, and other public transportation.

opponents to the tunnel: "We’re asking for a paradigm shift,” South Pasadena Transportation Manager Dennis Woods told NBC News. “We want to look into making other modes of transportation more viable, rather than just the automobile.”

Alhambra Councilwoman Barbara Messina responded that these proposals won't solve the congestion problem, citing "several reports, including one in 1993 by the California Department of Transportation, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and Metro, which found that the multi-modal, or low-build approach proposed by South Pasadena was impractical and inefficient."

“It’s about time,” Messina, who has been in office for 28 years, told NBC. “The freeway system is like an octopus, and all the parts need to be able to work together to operate at its maximum capacity. This missing link affects the whole system.”

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3 thoughts on “710-gap solution: a tunnel or trains, bikes, and more?”

  1. I sometimes find Messina’s comments fascinating, to put it gently. Using her octopus analogy, we should have completed the 91 all the way to Redondo Beach, the 105 to the 5, to name two, if all “parts need to be able to work together to operate at its maximum capacity.”

  2. Messina is wrong and so is the City of Alhambra. Shame on this current city council for supporting the obliteration of a beautiful, perfect little town. Clogged streets, Alhambra? boo-hoo … South Pasadena will cease to exist with a major freeway barreling down the middle of it. A tunnel is equally as bad … dangerous, toxic and again, a game changer for South Pas as a livable town. South Pas would be done. How selfish of the next town over to support this 710 / CalTrans garbage. I live in Alhambra and now with this news view the city council with complete disdain. Selfish sheep. The answer to the 710 extension is a resounding NO.

  3. One thing’s for sure, by the time this thing is resolved one way or another, we’ll all be long dead.