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L.A. Metro To Release Draft Environmental Document For Regional Connector Project September 3 -- Two upcoming public hearings scheduled

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Tuesday August 31, 2010

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will release its Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/R) for the Regional Connector Project on Friday, September 3 and encourages public comment at two upcoming public hearings.

The Regional Connector EIS/R evaluates several transit alternatives that would create a nearly two-mile link between the Metro Gold Line, Metro Blue Line and Expo light rail transit systems through Downtown Los Angeles. The project will provide continuous through service on these lines, improving access to both local and regional destinations. The project is partially funded by Measure R, the half-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2008.

Two hearings will enable the public to learn more about current project alternatives, and to submit their comments or questions on the draft report. Content for both meetings will be identical, and Spanish, Korean, and Japanese translation services will be provided at both meetings.

Tuesday, September 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Japanese American National Museum, 369 E 1st Street, Los Angeles. Served by Metro Gold Line: Little Tokyo/Arts District Station, Metro Lines 30, 31, 40, 42, and 730, and DASH A.

Monday, October 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., City of Los Angeles – Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters, Deaton Auditorium, 100 W 1st Street, Los Angeles. Served by Metro Lines 30, 92, 333, 728, 730, and DASH D. This meeting is tentatively scheduled to be broadcast live from www.metro.net/regionalconnector.

Special ADA accommodations will be available to the public for Metro-sponsored meetings. All requests for reasonable accommodations must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date. Please telephone the project information line at 213-922-7277. The TDD line is 800-252-9040.

The Draft EIS/R will be available for a 45-day public review period, concluding October 18. The Metro Board of Directors is expected to consider the Draft EIS/R and select a designated Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) following the public comment period. The LPA is the project that will proceed through final environmental review, preliminary engineering and also compete for federal “New Starts” matching funds. This Measure R project is also included in the 30/10 Initiative, which seeks to accelerate the completion of 12 countywide transportation projects within 10 years.

The Draft EIS/R will be made available for public review by visiting www.metro.net/regionalconnector. Copies will also be available for review at local libraries. A listing will be made available on the project web site.

Public comments on the Draft EIS/R will be accepted through October 18, 2010. Comments may be submitted via e-mail to regionalconnector@metro.net. Alternately, comments can be sent by U.S. mail to: Dolores Roybal Saltarelli, Project Manager, One Gateway Plaza, 99-22-2, Los Angeles, CA, 90012. Public can also comment on Metro’s web site (metro.net/regionalconnector) by clicking on “contact us.”