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Metro to Update Community on Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project

Monday January 27, 2020

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) invites the public to attend upcoming community meetings to learn about the latest project information and environmental studies on the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project.

Metro proposes to extend the Metro Gold Line further east from its current terminus at Pomona and Atlantic boulevards, to the City of South El Monte via the 60 freeway and/or the City of Whittier via Washington Boulevard.   

Community Meetings

East Los Angeles
Monday, February 3, 2020
6 to 8 p.m.
Fourth Street Primary Center
469 Amalia Avenue, East Los Angeles, CA 90022

Rosemead
Thursday, February 6, 2020
6 to 8 p.m.
Don Bosco Technical Institute
1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770

Montebello
Saturday, February 8, 2020
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Ark Montebello
 931 S. Maple Ave.
Montebello, CA 90640

Each meeting will feature the same information. Metro encourages the public to attend the meeting that is the most convenient. The presentation begins 15 minutes after the scheduled start time. Refreshments, children’s activities and Spanish language interpreters 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.

Initial Operable Segments

Initial Operable Segments (IOS) will also be evaluated for the project. The IOS approach allows for a start of project construction in the near-term with ultimate build-out of the project based on available funding. Any IOS 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. 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.

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.

Stay informed by following Metro on The Source and El Pasajero at metro.net, facebook.com/losangelesmetro , twitter.com/metrolosangeles and twitter.com/metroLAalerts and instagram.com/metrolosangeles.

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