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Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2

Metro is studying three project alternatives to extend the Metro Gold Line 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 for extending the Gold Line 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. As a result, in May 2017, Metro staff completed a Post Draft EIS/EIR Technical Study Report (technical study) for the project that resulted in the project definition to include three (3) alternatives, including:

  • 1. SR-60 Alternative (SR-60)
  • 2. Washington Bl Alternative
  • 3. Combined Alternative
  • (builds both SR-60 and Washington)

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 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. The study also introduced a Combined Alternative that builds out both SR-60 and Washington Alternative s . 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 Draft EIS /Recirculated 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.


SR-60 Alternative

The SR-60 Alternative generally follows the southern edge of the SR 60 freeway from the current Metro Gold Line terminus at Pomona Bl and Atlantic Bl ending at Peck Rd in South El Monte. A 1.5-mile aerial segment shifts to the north side of the freeway, between Greenwood Av and Paramount Bl. 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

Washington Bl Alternative

The Washington Bl Alternative would travel south along Atlantic Bl in an underground segment between the current Metro Gold Line terminus at Pomona Bl/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:

  • Redesigned 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

Combined Alternative

The Combined Alternative is defined as the complete build-out of both the SR-60 and Washington Bl Alternatives. The 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.

Initial Operable Segments (IOS)

The project alternatives are not anticipated to be fully constructed in one funding cycle; therefore, Minimum Initial Operable Segments (IOS) will be evaluated to build the project in phases. 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 Red Line (built in three segments)
  • Metro Gold Line Foothill (three of four segments currently under construction)
  • Metro Purple Line (two of three segments currently under construction)
  • Metro Expo Line (built in two segments)

Selection of Locally Preferred Alternative

At the conclusion of the Draft EIS/EIR phase, the Metro Board will select a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA). The LPA will be studied further and will be built using the initial $3 billion funding allocation.

The selection of the LPA will be based on a combination of factors, including but not limited to:

  • Community and stakeholder support
  • Project purpose and need
  • Environmental considerations
  • Technical evaluation (potential impact and benefits)
  • Ridership forecasts
  • Opportunities for First/Last Mile (FLM) and transit-oriented communities (TOCs)
  • Property acquisition requirements, including identifying a maintenance and storage facility site
  • Costs (construction and operations)
  • Constructability
  • Operational feasibility
  • Equity

The Board action on the staff recommendation for the LPA may include:

  • Accept staff recommended LPA and initiate Final EIS/EIR and Preliminary Engineering (PE)
  • Modify the LPA and initiate Final EIS/EIR and PE
  • Reject the LPA and direct staff to conduct further studies

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.

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. The scoping meeting materials and a video recording of the presentation are available here .

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.

As part of these efforts, the project team will continue to engage the community through information sessions, tours, among other community events and activities in the coming months to continue to gather feedback about the project.

Please be sure to sign-up to continue to receive project updates and details on other opportunities to get involved.

Selection of Locally Preferred Alternative

At the conclusion of the Draft EIS/EIR phase, the Metro Board will select a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA). The LPA will be studied further and will be built using the initial $3 billion funding allocation.

The selection of the LPA will be based on a combination of factors, including but not limited to:

  • Community and stakeholder support
  • Project purpose and need
  • Environmental considerations
  • Technical evaluation (potential impact and benefits) > Ridership forecasts
  • Opportunities for First/Last Mile (FLM) and transit-oriented communities (TOCs)
  • Property acquisition requirements, including identifyinga maintenance and storage facility site
  • Costs (construction and operations)
  • Constructability
  • Operational feasibility
  • Equity

The Board action on the staff recommendation for the LPA may include:

  • Accept staff recommended LPA and initiate Final EIS/EIR and Preliminary Engineering (PE)
  • Modify the LPA and initiate Final EIS/EIR and PE
  • Reject the LPA and direct staff to conduct further studies

Get Involved - Eastside Transit Corridor - Phase 2

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 does not share your contact information with third-parties.

* Indicates required information

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:

eastsidephase2@metro.net .


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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