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Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2

Metro is preparing a Supplemental/Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project (Project), that proposes to extend the Gold Line further east from its current terminus at Pomona Bl and Atlantic Bl in East Los Angeles to South El Monte via State Route 60 (SR-60) and/or Whittier along Washington Bl.

Four (4) Alternatives are being studied as part of the Supplemental/Recirculated EIS/EIR:

  1. No Build
  2. SR-60
  3. Washington Bl
  4. Combined

The SR-60, Washington Bl and Combined Alternatives will also explore opportunities for first/last mile improvements and transit-oriented communities.

As part of these efforts, Metro conducted scoping meetings to receive formal comments on the scope of Supplemental/Recirculated Draft EIS/EIR in June 2019.

Public Scoping Meetings are an important step in the preparation of a Supplemental/Recirculated Draft EIS/EIR that is required in accordance with federal and state requirements for this Project.

The scoping period is still underway and will close on Monday, July 15, 2019.

Please submit your scoping comment .

The Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Draft EIS/EIR was completed in 2014 and a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) was not selected. Instead the Metro Board, directed staff to undertake a Technical Study to:

  1. Conduct additional technical investigation to address major areas of concern raised by Cooperating Agencies, corridor cities and stakeholders;
  2. Identify of a new north-south connection for the Washington Bl LRT Alternative and;
  3. Explore the feasibility of operating both the SR-60 LRT and Washington Bl LRT Alternatives.

In May 2017, the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Technical Study was completed. The study addressed major areas of concern raised by agencies, corridor cities and stakeholders. The Technical Study identified a new north-south connection between the Atlantic/Pomona Gold Line Station and Washington Bl and the study also introduced a Combined Alternative that builds out both SR-60 and Washington Alternatives. As a result, the Metro Board of Directors updated the Project Definition to include three build alternatives and authorized reinitiating the environmental review process to assess the benefits and impacts of building and operating:

  1. SR-60 Alternative
  2. Washington Alternative
  3. Combined Alternative

Board Members John Fasana , Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn also introduced a motion directing staff to explore the possibility of accelerating construction of both alignments upon conclusion of the environmental review phase.

The Supplemental/Recirculated Draft EIS/EIR will update the 2014 Draft EIS/EIR and will entail additional environmental analysis continual coordination with regulatory agencies, engineering analysis and refinement to the alternatives. This process involves continued public engagement and outreach with interested stakeholders and project area communities.

N o-Build Alternative: The No-Build Alternative would maintain existing transit service through the year 2042.  No new transportation infrastructure would be built within the project area aside from projects currently under construction or funded for construction and operation by 2042 by Measure R and Measure M. This alternative also includes the highway and transit projects in the current Metro Long Range Transportation Plan and the 2035 SCAG Regional Transportation Plan.  Potential modifications to the Metro bus network resulting from the Metro NextGen Bus Study and other transit planning efforts would be included.

SR-60 Alternative (previously known as the SR 60 NSDV Alternative) : This build alternative would extend the existing Metro Gold Line from the Atlantic Station to the City of South El Monte.  Primarily, it is an aerial alignment that includes four aerial stations (Garfield, the Shops at Montebello, Santa Anita, and Peck), as described in the Draft EIS/EIR.  The SR-60 Alternative alignment would be located primarily along the southern side of SR-60 Freeway right-of-way (ROW), except for a segment that passes near the OII Superfund Site in Monterey Park.  To avoid potential impacts to the OII Site, the SR-60 Alternative alignment would transition to the north side of the SR-60 Freeway, approximately west of Greenwood Avenue, continue east within the Caltrans ROW, and then return to the south side of SR-60 Freeway, near Paramount Boulevard, where it would continue for the remainder of the alignment until its terminus in the City of South El Monte.

Washington Boulevard Alternative: This build alternative would extend the Metro Gold Line from the existing Atlantic Station in East Los Angeles to the City of Whittier.  This alternative includes six stations (Atlantic/Whittier, the Citadel, Greenwood, Rosemead, Norwalk, and Lambert).  From the existing Atlantic Station, the alignment would transition from at-grade west of Woods Avenue to below-grade.  The Supplemental/Recirculated Draft EIS/EIR may consider and evaluate a design option that would modify the existing Atlantic Station to a below-grade station.  The alignment would continue below-grade roughly following Atlantic Boulevard to Washington Boulevard.  The alignment would remain at-grade along Washington Boulevard until just west of Lambert Road.  The Supplemental/Recirculated Draft EIS/EIR will consider and evaluate design options for potential aerial configurations along Washington Boulevard.

Combined Alternative: The Combined Alternative involves construction and operation of both the SR-60 and Washington Bl Alternatives and would require infrastructure and operational elements (such as a wye junction) that would otherwise not be required if only one of the alternatives was operated as a “stand alone” line.

Minimal Operable Segments

The project alternatives are not anticipated to be fully constructed in one funding cycle; therefore, Minimum Operable Segments (MOS) will be evaluated to build the project in phases. Any MOS must be able to operate as a stand-alone system and include a maintenance and storage facility

This approach is similar to the phased-construction of most Metro rail projects, including:

  • Metro Red Line (built in three segments)
  • Metro Expo Line (built in two segments)
  • Metro Gold Line Foothill (three of four segments currently under construction)
  • Metro Purple Line (two of three segments currently under construction)

For all alternatives, analysis will be completed for:

  • Stations
  • Parking
  • Minimum operating segments
  • Ancillary facilities such as:
    • Maintenance and storage facility
    • Job training center
    • Traction power substations
    • Grade separation structures (e.g., bridges)
    • Tail and storage tracks
    • Track sidings and crossovers
    • Track signalization
    • Communication facilities

It is anticipated that the Supplemental/ Recirculated Draft EIS/EIR document may also include, but is not limited to:

  • Variations to station number and locations
  • Options for vertical alignments
  • Options for parking facilities;
  • Specific alignment refinements
  • Ancillary improvements
  • Leveraged improvements in collaboration with Metro’s local partners and betterments to address these issues.

  • A Supplemental/Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the Project will update the 2014 Draft EIS/EIR.  The reinitiated Draft EIS/EIR will consider the following:
    • Update the Project’s purpose and need
    • Evaluate refinements on alternatives and the Combined Alternative to address comments received on the 2014 Draft EIS/EIR
    • Changes in the community since 2014
    • Update ridership and travel time projections
    • Environmental impacts
    • Analyze grade crossings
    • Identify locations for maintenance and storage facilities
    • Develop minimum operable segments.

Currently, Metro is conducting Public Scoping Meetings to receive formal public comments on the alternatives and their potential effects to the environment and quality of life.

Public Scoping Meetings are an important step in the preparation of a Draft EIS/R that must be completed, in accordance with federal/state the requirements for this Project.

A Supplemental/Recirculated Draft EIS/EIR is anticipated to be available for public review in 2021. This process will include public hearings and a comment period for the submittal of comments on the Supplemental/Recirculated Draft EIS/EIR.

Throughout the environmental review phase, Metro staff will continue to provide project updates to stakeholders and provide the necessary tools and resources to keep communities informed.

Opportunities to provide feedback will also be scheduled at key milestones in the planning process.

Metro Welcomes your input on the upcoming Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 efforts. Please share your thoughts and comments in the form below. If you cannot see the form below, please go to the form directly .

Metro will continue to engage stakeholders throughout the study process.  If you would like us to come out and share information with your group, please contact Lilian De Loza-Gutierrez at 213.922.7479 or email us at: .

Project Funding

Thanks to voter support of the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan (The Plan) - presented to voters as Ballot Measure M - in November 2016, Metro allocated $6 billion to the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project. Funding for this project, per The Plan’s funding schedule, has been programmed in two cycles.

  • Cycle 1 allocates $3 billion in 2029
  • Cycle 2 allocates $3 billion in 2053

The Project is also identified in Metro’s Reimagining LA County Plan (also known as the 28 by 2028 Initiative) as a high priority project. Per the Plan/Initiative, if funding can be secured prior to the programmed 2029 funding cycle, one alternative (yet-to-be determined) could begin construction earlier (in anticipation of the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games).

Project Schedule

*The timeline is subject to change based on various factors including funding opportunities (e.g., 28 X 2028 Initiative).

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