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Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project - Scoping comment period open through April 14 via mail, phone and internet

Tuesday April 06, 2010

Metro offers members of the public the opportunity to provide comments on the environmental study elements for the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 project including two build alternatives for light rail transit (LRT) including State Route 60 Light Rail Transit and Washington Boulevard Light Rail Transit.

Several scoping meetings have already been held throughout communities in the project area to inform and gather comments from the public. As a means to gain further insight and offer members of the public who were not able to attend the community meetings and opportunity to provide their commentary, Metro is offering the following means of submitting their views:

By Mail: Ms. Kimberly Yu, Project Manager, Metro

One Gateway Plaza, 99-22-2
Los Angeles, CA 90012
By Fax: 213.922.3005
Via Email:yuki@metro .net

On Website:www.metro.net/eastsidephase2 (under “Contact Us”)

Comments must be received by April 14, 2010.

The Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 website also offers members of the public an opportunity to sign up for ongoing project information as well as the project’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/metroeastsidephase2.

The goals of the Environmental Impact Study currently underway are to identify route alternatives that provide a transit connection to the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension Phase 1, provide a regional transit link to cities farther east of Los Angeles (including the cities of Commerce, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, Whittier, and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County); improve transportation mobility in the project area, and plan for future projected growth and sustainability.

The scoping period is the first step in the preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (DEIS/DEIR) in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Since 2007, Metro has conducted an Alternative Analysis (AA) and has prepared supplemental technical studies to identify feasible routes to extend the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension to cities farther east of Los Angeles.

Every day, approximately 50,000 commuting trips leave the area bound for central Los Angeles and 115,000 daily work trips are made within the study area, itself. These existing conditions, combined with projected population growth of 24 percent and employment growth of 15 percent over the next 30 years, illustrate the need for additional transit alternatives.

For questions about technical information related to this project contact Kimberly Yu, Metro Planning Project Manager, Metro Planning, One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-22-2, Los Angeles, CA, 90012, (213) 922-7910 or e-mail: yuki@metro.net

For questions about public outreach or any community concerns contact Ann Kerman, Constituent Program Manager, Metro Regional Communications, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, 90012, (213) 922-7671 or e-mail: kermana@metro.net. To learn more about this project, visit Metro’s website at www.metro.net/eastsidephase2 and Facebook.com /Metroeastsidephase2.


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