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In the spring of 2010, Metro began preparing the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project Draft Environmental Impact Study/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR). The study evaluates two build alternatives, both Light Rail Transit (LRT) projects, along with the required No Build and Transportation System Management (TSM) alternatives (which may include enhancements to existing services and/or additional bus services). One proposed route would travel along State Route 60 to Peck Road in the City of South El Monte; the other proposed route would travel along Washington Bl to Lambert Road in the City of Whittier.

The goal of the proposed study is to improve mobility in the region by connecting to communities farther east of Los Angeles to Metro's regional transit system. Communities in the project area include Commerce, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, Whittier and unincorporated portions of Los Angeles County. The (Draft EIS/EIR) for the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 was released on August 22, 2014 and available for a public comment period of 60 days, which ended on October 21

At the conclusion of the public comment period, staff reviewed all public comments, including submissions by cities, agencies, coalitions and others, and submitted a staff recommendation to Metro’s Planning & Programming Committee and the Board of Directors in November, 2014. Staff recommended moving forward with a technical study to further refine the two alternatives – neither of the two alternatives was removed from consideration. The staff recommendation was approved unanimously by the committee and full Metro Board.

The Metro staff report and recommendation can be viewed here.  Further analysis is required for both of the build alternatives. The approved recommendation eliminated the SR 60 Baseline Alternative, which traveled exclusively on the south side of SR 60. The recommendation is for the SR 60 Alternative with the North Side Design Variation (NSDV), which would transition the south running alignment to the north side of the SR 60 just west of Greenwood Ave. and back to the south side just west of Paramount Bl. This alternative was selected to minimize potential impacts to the OII Superfund site. For the Washington Bl. Alternative, refinements will be made to identify an alternate north-south connection to Washington Bl, removing the aerial option on Garfield Ave. Additional coordination and refinements will be carried out to address comments received from Cooperating and Public Agencies for each of the proposed corridors.

A motion was introduced by Board Members Diane DuBois and Don Knabe directing staff to study potential connections with the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor project, which seeks to build a transit project between downtown L.A. and Santa Ana via an old streetcar right-of-way. That motion was also approved by the Board.

The technical study will eventually be folded in the project’s final environmental document. After the technical study is completed — which is anticipated to take 1½ to two years – Metro staff will return to the Metro Board with an answer on the operational question of building both alternatives and the results of the further technical studies. The Board at that time will likely decide whether to study one or both alternatives in the Final Environmental Impact Report.


What is Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2?

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What is an environmental study?

Where will funding for the project come from?

Why is this study being conducted now when the majority of Measure R funding will not be available until 2028?

What alignments are under consideration?

What do you consider when selecting the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA)?

Where will the stations be located?

What factors determine whether a rail project is built at street level or elevated?

How will pedestrian safety be addressed?

Will the project require property acquisitions?

When will this project be constructed?

Is community support needed for project approval?

How do my comments get incorporated into the Draft EIS/EIR?

How can I stay involved throughout the entire process?

From the remaining two build alternatives, which is the most feasible?


The SR-60 North Side Design Variation and Washington Bl proposed alternatives use the same light rail technology (LRT) as the Metro Blue, Green, Expo and Gold Lines, allowing a seamless extension to cities east of the existing terminus at Atlantic. A detailed description of the two alternatives under consideration is provided below.

SR-60 NSDV LRT

This proposed alignment generally follows the southern edge of the SR-60 Freeway within the freeway right-of-way, on an elevated track crossing over freeway ramps.  The alignment transitions to the north side of the SR-60 freeway west of the Greenwood Av bridge and returns south just west of Paramount  and terminates at Peck Rd in the City of South El Monte. Proposed station locations for the SR-60 alignment are

  • Garfield Av Station
  • The Shops at Montebello station
  • Santa Anita Av Station
  • Peck Rd Station

Washington Bl LRT

This proposed alignment follows the SR-60 Freeway making its way to Washington Blvd where it would travel east along Washington Bl and terminate at Lambert Rd in the City of Whittier. This alignment considered using an elevated track above Garfield, however refinements will be made to identify an alternate north-south connection to Washington Bl, removing the aerial option on Garfield Ave. Proposed station locations and for the Washington Bl alignment are:

  • Garfield Av Station
  • Whittier Bl Station
  • Greenwood Av Station
  • Rosemead Bl Station
  • Norwalk Av Station
  • Lambert Rd Station

Washington Bl LRT, Design Variations

Two design variations are being considered for the Washington Bl LRT Alternative. The first aerial crossing would include a grade separation at Rosemead Bl, the second aerial crossing at San Gabriel River/I-605 would include a grade separation at Pioneer Bl.



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Transportation headlines, Monday, November 17
Posted by Steve Hymon on November 17, 2014 10:05 am
Have a transportation-related article you think should be included in headlines? Drop me an email! And don’t forget, Metro is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. ART OF TRANSIT: The Eastside ...
Roundup of today’s meeting of the Metro Board of Directors
Posted by Steve Hymon on November 13, 2014 2:41 pm
Among the actions taken today by the Metro Board of Directors: •The Board approved going forward with a technical study of two light rail alternatives for the Eastside Gold Line Transit Corridor ...
Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Nov. 12
Posted by Steve Hymon on November 12, 2014 10:48 am
Have a transportation-related article you think should be included in headlines? Drop me an email! And don’t forget, Metro is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. ART OF TRANSIT: A Metro bus ...
Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Nov. 5
Posted by Joseph Lemon on November 5, 2014 10:57 am
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Posted by David Hershenson on November 4, 2014 3:49 pm
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Metro recommends technical study of two alternatives for Eastside Gold Line Phase 2
Posted by Steve Hymon on November 3, 2014 5:44 pm
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Posted by Steve Hymon on October 8, 2014 7:57 am
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Posted by David Hershenson on October 1, 2014 8:00 am
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Ground is broken for Regional Connector project to link Blue, Expo and Gold Lines
Posted by Steve Hymon on September 30, 2014 8:00 pm
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