Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) narrowed its list of possible 710 extension routes on Thursday, eliminating seven alternatives including a surface freeway between the 710 and 210 frewways and two heavily contested plans involving a highway along Avenue 64, Pasadena Sun reports. Still on the list is a 4.5-mile tunnel connecting Alhambra to Pasadena, a solution Alhambra city officials support.
Other routes no longer being considered include a highway that would start at the 710, then run through Huntington Drive and Fair Oaks Avenue to connect to the 210 in Pasadena; a rapid bus route from downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena; a light rail route from Atlantic Boulevard in Alhambra to Pasadena; and a highway from the 710 in Alhambra to the Glendale (2) Freeway.
Metro says the routes are no longer being considered because they "would cause significant and unavoidable environmental impacts," Pasadena Sun reports.
The move is a victory for residents of Pasadena's San Rafael neighborhood. Last week, Pasadena City Council unanimously voted against three I-710 extension alternatives during a special meeting with Metro, each of which were eliminated. Hundreds of residents cheered as the Council objected to the traffic and isolation the routes may cause.
Metro is still considering a tunnel from Alhambra to Pasadena; a light-rail line from the East L.A. Civic Center to the Gold Line’s Fillmore Station; and a rapid bus route from Alhambra to Pasadena. Also on the list are ways to improve congestion, such as ridesharing and transit services, as well as "no-build" alternatives. The study is expected to be completed in 2014 with a draft released next year. For more maps of the routes, visit EGP News.