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Overview

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

Background

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.

Next Steps

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.

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