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Project Alternatives

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. ThisĀ 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