A 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.
"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.”