Every day, thousands of people use the I-710 freeway to get to work or school. At the same time, trucks loaded with cargo from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles head north on I-710 with merchandise and materials going to stores and factories across the country. These conditions result in the I-710 freeway experiencing serious congestion and safety issues which will continue into the future. As a result of population growth, increases in the number of cargo containers arriving at the Ports, increasing traffic volumes, and aging infrastructure, local residents, governments and community groups have been working together to find ways to make the I-710 safer and easier to drive, improve air quality and public health, and improve the freeway's design and traffic flow.
Metro’s objectives for the I-710 Corridor Project Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) are shaped by priorities identified by stakeholders along the I-710 corridor during and following the Major Corridor Study (MCS) effort. These objectives include developing transportation alternatives that will:
- Improve mobility, congestion and safety
- Improve air quality
- Assess alternative, green goods movement technologies
Recirculated Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS
Previously, a Draft EIR/EIS was released for public comment in 2012. Based on the comments received and relevant new information, a new set of alternatives was developed and analyzed in the Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (RDEIR/SDEIS) that was released on July 21, 2017. The alternatives studied in the RDEIR/SDEIS include Alternative 1 (No Build), Alternative 5C (Modernization of I-710 Freeway), and Alternative 7 (Modernization and Addition of a Clean-Emission Freight Corridor). All build alternatives proposed also include programmatic elements, including a zero emission/near zero emission truck deployment program, expanded transit services, and a community health benefit program. The public comment period for the RDEIR/SDEIS was ultimately extended to Monday, October 23, 2017. All official comments received have been reviewed and will be responded to as part of the Final EIR/EIS.
At the Metro Board Meeting held on March 1, 2018, the Metro Board of Directors selected Alternative 5C as the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the I-710 Corridor Project. This Board action recognized the need for immediate investment in the corridor through an Early Action Program by prioritizing implementation of local interchange and arterial road upgrades, new pedestrian and bike crossings, and support in identifying funds for the purchase of near-zero and zero emission trucks that operate in the I-710 corridor until funds for larger corridor improvements become available. All recommendations for mainline freeway widening projects in the future will be presented to the Metro Board for review and approval.
Based on the Board’s direction, the I-710 Project Team will be working on three major parallel efforts: the Final EIR/EIS, the Early Action Program, and Additional Parallel Activities.
Final EIR/EIS: Environmental approval of the Early Action Program ultimately relies on the approval of the Final EIR/EIS of the I-710 Corridor Project. Responses to comments received during the circulation of the RDEIR/SDEIS will be included in the Final EIR/EIS and a Record of Decision/Notice of Determination filed for the entire project. (April 2018 through December 2018)
Early Action Program: This involves identifying and prioritizing interchange, arterial/local streets, and active transportation projects, the initial phases of complementary programs such as the Community Health Benefit Program, and the beginning of preliminary engineering work, which is needed prior to the start of construction. (December 2018 through March 2019)
Additional Parallel Activities: Studies, policy proposals and criteria from Motions 22.1 , 5.1 and 5.2 will be undertaken and include the initiation of working groups, coordination and studies related to these various policy proposals. (April 2018 through Construction)
Please visit this website on a regular basis to stay informed of the latest updates.
Stakeholder feedback on the Community Health Benefit Program will be gathered through a separate committee to be established by the Gateway COG, in partnership with the agency (to be determined) implementing that program. Local Advisory Committees led by individual cities along the project corridor will continue to meet, at their discretion, to receive updates from their city’s TAC representative on the status of the environmental process and the Early Action Program, as well as provide opportunities to gather feedback from community members. These committees can also serve as a key link between their respective City Councils, the TAC and the new committee to be established by the Gateway COG.
Metro is joined by several partner agencies in completing the I-710 Corridor Project EIR/EIS. These agency partners include the California Department of Transportation , the Gateway Cities Council of Governments , the I-5 Consortium Cities Joint Powers Authority, the Port of Long Beach , the Port of Los Angeles , and the Southern California Association of Governments .
Public involvement is critical to the success of the I-710 Corridor Project EIR/EIS. You are encouraged to attend meetings and events to provide your feedback and suggestions on the topics being discussed.
- Study Sessions
- Official Public Hearings
- Local Advisory Committee (LAC) Meetings
- Corridor Advisory Committee (CAC) Meetings
- Subject Working Group (SWG) Meetings
- Project Committee (PC) Meetings
- Executive Committee (EC) Meetings
- Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meetings
- Community Meetings
There are no informational study sessions scheduled at this time. However, you may view the Draft EIR/ EIS online by visiting Caltrans' website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist07/resources/envdocs/docs/710corridor/
For more information about the I-710 Corridor Project, please view other pages of this website at: www.metro.net/710 .
There are no Official Public Hearings scehduled at this time. Please check back frequently for updates.
There are no LAC meetings scehduled at this time. Please check back frequently for updates.
There are no CAC meetings scehduled at this time. Please check back frequently for updates.
There are no SWG meetings scehduled at this time. Please check back frequently for updates.
There are no PC meetings scehduled at this time. Please check back frequently for updates.
- Project Committee Agenda October 29, 2015
- Project Committee Agenda October 21, 2015
- Project Committee Agenda April 30, 2015
- Project Committee Agenda January 29, 2015
There are no EC meetings scheduled at this time. Please check back frequently for updates.
There are no TAC meetings scehduled at this time. Please check back frequently for updates.
There are no Community Committee meetings scheduled at this time. Please check back frequently for updates.
ADA and Title VI Requirements: Special accommodations are available to the public for Metro-sponsored meetings. All requests for reasonable accommodations and translation must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date; please call the project information line at 213.922.4710 or California Relay Service at 711.
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