Metro is studying Light Rail Transit (LRT) alternatives to extend the existing Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension (MGLEE) from its current terminus at Atlantic Station in East Los Angeles into eastern Los Angeles County.
Based on the findings from the Technical Study, the Board approved the updated Project Definition to include three (3) Build Alternatives:
- SR 60 NSDV LRT Alternative
- Washington Boulevard LRT Alternative – Atlantic Below-Grade Concept
- Combined Concept
Upon completion of the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Draft EIS/EIR in 2014, the Metro Board of Directors directed staff to undertake a Technical Study to:
- Conduct additional technical investigation to address major areas of concern raised by Cooperating Agencies, corridor cities and stakeholders;
- Identify of a new north-south connection for the Washington Boulevard LRT Alternative and;
- Explore the feasibility of operating both the SR 60 LRT and Washington Boulevard LRT Alternatives.
In May 2017, the Metro Board approved the updated project definition upon receiving the completed Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Technical Study. The study addressed issues identified in the November 2014 Board Motion, which the Metro Board of Directors passed subsequent to the release of the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIS/EIR).
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 phase.
Metro will further study the three LRT alternatives in a revised/supplemental Draft EIS/EIR. This phase will include additional environmental analysis and coordination with third party agencies, engineering analysis and refinements, and continued outreach to key stakeholders and communities. Metro staff will continue providing project updates to communities in the study area, stakeholder groups and cooperating resource agencies.
State Route 60 LRT
Generally follows the southern edge of the State Route 60 (SR60) Freeway from the current Metro Gold Line terminus at Atlantic Bl/ Pomona Bl and continues to Peck Rd in the City of South El Monte. A short segment shifts to the north side of the freeway, between Greenwood Av and Paramount Bl. Proposed stations along this route that will be further evaluated
- Garfield Av Station in Montebello
- The MarketPlace Station in Monterey Park
- The Shops at Montebello Station in Montebello
- Santa Anita Av Station in South El Monte
- Peck Rd Station in South El Monte
Washington Bl LRT
Travels south along Atlantic Bl in an underground segment between the current Metro Gold Line terminus station at Atlantic Bl/ Pomona Bl and the Citadel Outlets in Commerce. The route then proceeds east along Washington Bl via aerial and at-grade (street level) alignments ending at Lambert Rd in the City of Whittier. Proposed stations along this route that will be further evaluated include:
- Redesigned Pomona/Beverly Station in East Los Angeles
- Whittier/Atlantic Station in East Los Angeles
- The Citadel Outlets/Commerce Station in Commerce
- Greenwood/Washington Station in Montebello
- Rosemead/Washington Station in Pico Rivera
- Norwalk/Washington Station serving unincorporated
Los Nietos, Whittier and Santa Fe Springs
- Lambert/Washington Station in Whittier
Explores the benefits and impacts of operating both the SR 60 and Washington Bl LRT alternatives (as described above). It is defined as the complete build-out of both the SR 60 Alternative and Washington Bl Alternative. Nevertheless, the combined alternative cannot be fully constructed at once due to the current funding schedule . Therefore, Minimum Operable Segments (MOS) will be evaluated for the ESP2 Project Combined Alternative. The MOS approach allows for a start of project construction in the near-term with ultimate build-out of both alignments based on available funds. Any MOS must be able to operate as a stand-alone system and include a maintenance facility. This approach is similar to the phased-construction of most Metro rail projects.
A reinitiated Draft EIS/EIR for the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project will update the original Draft EIS/EIR that was released in 2014 with additional environmental analysis, coordination with third-party agencies, engineering analysis and refinements, station design and continued public engagement opportunities that will help shape this planning effort.
Throughout the environmental review phase, Metro staff will continue to provide project updates to communities in the study area, stakeholder groups, elected representatives, resource agencies and community-based organizations, among others.
A Supplemental/Recirculated Draft EIS/EIR is anticipated to be available for public review in mid 2020.
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
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