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Metro Invites Public to Scoping Meetings for the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project

Friday June 07, 2019

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) invites the public to attend scoping meetings for the latest updates on the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project to extend the Gold Line from East L.A. to South El Monte and Whittier.

The meetings will also give the public the opportunity to provide comments on the Supplemental/Recirculated Environmental Impact Statement/Report for the project.

Public Scoping Meetings
 
Whittier
Thursday, June 13, 2019
From 6 to 8 p.m.
Whittier Community Center
7630 Washington Ave. Whittier CA 90602
 
Commerce
Monday, June 17, 2019
From 6 to 8 p.m.
Commerce Senior Citizen Center
2555 Commerce Way, Commerce CA 90040
 
East Los Angeles
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
From 6 to 8 p.m.
4th Street New Primary Center
469 Amalia Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90022
 
South El Monte
Saturday, June 22, 2019
From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
South El Monte Community Center
1530 Central Ave. South El Monte, CA 91733
 
Montebello
Monday, June 24, 2019
From 6 to 8 p.m.
Quiet Cannon Banquet Center
901 Via San Clemente, Montebello, CA 90640
 
Pico Rivera
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
From 6 to 8 p.m.
Pio Pico Woman’s Club
9214 Mines Ave. Pico Rivera, CA 90660

Each meeting will have the same information. Metro encourages the public to attend a meeting that is the most convenient. The presentation begins 30 minutes after the scheduled start time. Refreshments, children’s activities and Spanish interpretation will be available.

Metro’s goal is to improve transit access and mobility by connecting Metro’s regional transit system to Eastside communities such as Commerce, unincorporated East Los Angeles, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte and Whittier.

Three light rail alternatives are being evaluated:  

State Route 60 

This alternative generally follows the southern edge of State Route 60 Freeway from the current Metro Gold Line terminus at Pomona and Atlantic boulevards and continues to Peck Road in South El Monte. A short segment shifts to the north side of the freeway between Greenwood Avenue and Paramount Boulevard. 

Washington Boulevard  

This alternative could travel south along Atlantic Boulevard in an underground segment between the current Gold Line terminus at Pomona and Atlantic and the Citadel Outlets in Commerce. The route then proceeds east along Washington Boulevard via aerial and at-grade (street level) alignments ending at Lambert Road in the City of Whittier.

Combined Alternative

The Combined Alternative is the complete build-out of both the SR 60 and the Washington Boulevard alternatives. This alternative could also provide a train between South El Monte and Whittier.

Minimal Operable Segments

Minimal Operable Segments (MOS) will also be evaluated for the project. The MOS approach allows for a start of project construction in the near-term with ultimate build-out of the project based on available funds. Any MOS must be able to operate as a stand-alone system and include a maintenance and storage facility.

A Supplemental/Recirculated Draft EIS/EIR is anticipated to be available for public review in mid-2020. After that the Metro Board will adopt a Locally Preferred Alternative.

Measure M allocates $6 billion for this project, scheduled in two cycles. Cycle 1 allocates $3 billion in 2029 and Cycle 2 allocates $3 billion in 2053.

However, if funds can be identified and secured, as part of Metro’s Twenty-Eight by ’28 Initiative to build 28 projects before the 2028 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, the Metro Board will direct staff to explore the possibility of accelerating the project schedule.

The public can submit comments at any of the meetings, by email or regular mail to Metro during the 45-day public scoping period. The formal scoping period began Friday, May 31, and it goes through Monday, July 15. Written comments may be submitted to: Jenny Cristales-Cevallos, Metro Project Manager, One Gateway Plaza, mail stop: 99-22-06, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

For more information on the project please call Metro at (213) 922-3012, by e-mail eastsidephase2@metro.net or visit www.metro.net/eastsidephase2 or follow the project twitter@metrolosangeles or Facebook LosAngelesMetro.

All Metro meetings are held at ADA accessible facilities. Spanish translation will be provided at all meetings. Other ADA accommodations and translations will be available by calling (323) 466-3876 or California Relay Service at 711 at least 72 hours in advance.

About Metro
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. Created in 1993, Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County.

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