Metro is studying three project alternatives to extend the Metro L Line (Gold) further east from its current terminus at Pomona Bl and Atlantic Bl in East Los Angeles. The goal of the proposed Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project is to improve transit access and mobility by connecting eastside communities in LA County to Metro’s regional transit system, including Commerce, East Los Angeles, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte and Whittier.
In 2014, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) analyzed two alignment (route) options extending the L Line (Gold) further east into South El Monte – via State Route 60 (SR 60) or Whittier (via Washington Bl). Based on the technical analysis and comments received by agencies and the public, the Metro Board of Directors opted to complete additional studies to address the comments received. In May 2017, Metro staff completed a Post Draft EIS/EIR Technical Study Report (technical study) for the project that resulted in the three (3) alternatives moving into the reinitiated environmental process:
- SR 60 Alternative (SR 60)
- Washington Alternative
- Combined Alternative (builds both SR 60 and Washington)
The 2014 Draft EIS/EIR for the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project was released in August 2014. Due to the comments received the Metro Board of Directors deferred the selection of a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA). Instead, the Metro Board, of Directors directed staff to carry out additional technical work to:
- Conduct additional technical investigation to address major areas of concern raised by Cooperating Agencies, corridor cities and stakeholders;
- Identify a new north-south connection for the Washington Alternative and;
- Explore the feasibility of operating both the SR 60 and Washington Alternatives
In May 2017, the technical study for the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project 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. The study also introduced a Combined Alternative that proposes the build out of 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:
- SR 60 Alternative
- Washington Alternative
- Combined Alternative (builds both SR 60 and Washington alternatives)
The Supplemental Draft EIS /Recirculated EIR was reinitiated in 2019 and will provide updated environmental analysis, continual coordination with regulatory agencies, engineering design and refinement to the alternatives. This process involves continued public engagement and outreach with interested stakeholders and project area communities. Opportunities to provide feedback will continue to be scheduled at key milestones in the planning process.
SR 60 Alternative
The SR 60 Alternative generally follows the southern edge of the SR 60 freeway from the current Metro L Line (Gold) terminus at Pomona Bl and Atlantic Bl ending at Peck Rd in South El Monte. Proposed stations* along this route being considered include:
- Garfield Station in Montebello
- The Shops at Montebello Station in Montebello
- Santa Anita Station in South El Monte
- Peck Station in South El Monte
The Washington Alternative would travel south along Atlantic Bl with an underground segment between the current Metro L Line (Gold) terminus at Pomona Bl and Atlantic Bl and the Citadel Outlets in Commerce. The route then proceeds east along Washington Bl via aerial and at-grade (street level) configurations ending at Lambert Rd in Whittier. Proposed stations* along this route that will be further evaluated include:
- Relocated Atlantic Bl Station in East Los Angeles
- Atlantic Bl/Whittier Bl Station in East Los Angeles
- The Citadel Station in Commerce
- Greenwood Av Station in Montebello
- Rosemead Bl Station in Pico Rivera
- Norwalk Bl Station serving unincorporated Los Nietos, Whittier and Santa Fe Springs
- Lambert Rd Station in Whittier
The Combined Alternative is defined as the build-out of both the SR 60 and Washington alternatives. This alternative could also provide a direct connection between South El Monte and Whittier.
*Station locations will be evaluated thoroughly to ensure each proposed station has ridership demand, economic development opportunities, first/last mile connections, among other factors.
Metro is evaluating potential Initial Operating Segments (IOS) options as part of the reinitiated Supplemental Draft EIS/Recirculated EIR to potentially accelerate delivery of the Project faster than assumed in the Measure M Expenditure Plan. Any IOS 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 B Line (Red) (built in three segments)
Metro D Line (Purple) (two of three segments currently under construction)
- Metro E Line (Expo) Line (built in two segments)
- Metro L Line (Gold) Foothill (three of four segments currently under construction)
The reinitiated environmental process will update the 2014 Draft EIS/EIR and includes advanced conceptual engineering, environmental analysis, and ongoing outreach efforts for the three Build Alternatives. In addition, focused technical analyses will:
- Evaluate various design refinements on alternatives to address comments received on the 2014 Draft EIS/EIR
- Update ridership and travel time projections
- Study potential environmental impacts
- Analyze grade crossings
- Identify locations for maintenance and storage facilities
- Develop IOS options
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.
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Thanks to voter support of the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan presented to voters as Ballot Measure M in November 2016, Metro allocated $6 billion for this project. Funding for this project that has been programmed in two cycles (per the plan's funding schedule):
- Cycle 1 allocates $3 billion in 2029 (one alignment)
- Cycle 2 allocates $3 billion in 2053 (second alignment)
The project is also identified as one of the four pillar projects and is a high priority for potential acceleration. If funding can be secured prior to the anticipated 2029 funding cycle, one of the alternatives (yet to be determined) could be built in time for the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
For timeline, please refer to the
Project Fact Sheet
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