The completion of the 710 Freeway, which has been under discussion for 50 years, is a “regional need”, transportation expert James E. Moore II argues in an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times. A 4.5 mile gap remains from the freeway stops in Alhambra and where it begins again at the intersection of the 134 and 210 freeways. Complaints, particulary from South Pasadena and Pasadena residents who do not want it passing through their cities, has stalled completion for decades. But Moore believes this has been misguided, writing “fifty years of talk is enough. It’s time to dig.”
Moore argues that as a result of the gap "we face a self-inflicted “Carmageddon” every day; one which passes through Alhambra. About 218,000 daily trips by vehicles are diverted or postponed by the gap in the 710 — close to half the number of trips that were recently affected due to the 405 Freeway closure. Moreover, he writes, it's the county's most significant pending public works project: the Southern California Association and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) produced studies that indicate that the completion of the 710 freeway would lead to less pollution and congestion than any other proposed local highway project.
Moore offers five measures needed to close the 710-freeway gap: 1) dismiss Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation from the project since the freeway is a state route. 2) Speed up the environmental review of the project. 3) Focus on the larger picture and political drive to proceed. 4) Form a joint powers authority that includes cities in the immediate area of the planned route in order to start the oversight process. In addition, complete the roster of agencies involved in this project including, Caltrans, MTA, and SCAG. 5) Be open to the toll option, which would allow for a public-private partnership to design, construct and operate the tunnel.