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:
- 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 Bl LRT Alternative and;
- 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:
- SR-60 Alternative
- Washington Alternative
- 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.