Metro is currently studying Light Rail Transit (LRT) alternatives to extend the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension (MGLEE) farther from the current terminus at Pomona Bl and Atlantic Bl in East Los Angeles.
In November 2014, in response to the Metro Board of Directors, Metro staff was directed to complete a Technical Study to refine the alternatives analyzed in the Draft EIS/EIR .
Since then, Metro staff has initiated the Technical Study and is exploring refinements to the SR 60 Alternative and options for a new north-south connection to the Washington Bl Alternative. Following are the updated Alternatives for the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Study:
SR-60 North Side Design Variation (NSDV) LRT
This proposed alignment generally follows the southern edge of the SR-60 Freeway within the freeway right-of-way, on an elevated track crossing over freeway ramps. The alignment transitions to the north side of the SR-60 freeway west of the Greenwood Av bridge and returns south just west of Paramount and terminates at Peck Rd in the City of South El Monte. Proposed station locations for the SR-60 alignment are:
- Garfield Av Station
- The Shops at Montebello station
- Santa Anita Av Station
- Peck Rd Station
For the SR 60 Alternative, the focus is to address comments received from partner agencies and further investigate issues to be resolved in securing regulatory approval.
Washington Bl LRT
The alignment, as proposed in the Draft EIS/EIR for the Washington Bl Alternative, follows the SR-60 Freeway to an aerial structure on Garfield Av and then onto Washington Bl, ending at Lambert Rd in the City of Whittier. However, to address public concerns, the Metro Board of Directors eliminated the aerial segment on Garfield Av between Via Campo and Whittier Bl and directed staff to identify a new north-south connection to Washington Bl.
Potential route concepts include:
1) Underground alignment along a portion of Garfield Av
2) Atlantic Bl in East Los Angeles from Atlantic/Pomona south to Washington Bl*
3) Arizona Av in East Los Angeles from 3rd St south to Washington Bl*
*Profile has not been determined (Metro is exploring aerial, street level and underground options).
Stations proposed for the Garfield Bl underground concept include:
- Garfield/Pomona Av
- Garfield/Whittier Bl
- Washington Bl/Greenwood Av
- Washington Bl/Rosemead Bl
- Washington Bl/Norwalk Av
- Washington Bl/Lambert Rd
As part of the refinements to the Washington Bl Alternative, staff is exploring the following new stations for the new north-south routing concepts along Arizona Av and Altantic Bl corridors:
- Arizona Av/Whittier Bl
- Commerce (near The Citadel)
- Atlantic Bl/Whittier Bl
- Commerce (near The Citadel)
Washington Bl LRT, Design Variations
Two design variations are being considered for the Washington Bl LRT Alternative. The first aerial crossing would include a grade separation at Rosemead Bl, the second aerial crossing at San Gabriel River/I-605 would include a grade separation at Pioneer Bl.