In May 2019, Metro presented three draft alternatives to the public for feedback. Metro is further studying the alternatives as part of the environmental review process. With the issuance of the Notice for Preparation of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in October 2019, Metro has begun preparing technical studies to support the Draft EIR for the proposed project pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Metro, as the lead agency, held scoping meetings in the corridor communities of Cypress Park, Boyle Heights, Arts District, and Maywood in November 2019.
Metro will also continue to environmentally clear and fulfill all permitting requirements for this project under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) in coordination with the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Public outreach and community engagement will continue throughout this phase of the project.
Alternatives A, B, C
In June 2014, the Metro Board of Directors directed staff to perform a feasibility study to close the eight-mile gap in the Los Angeles River Bike Path between Elysian Valley and the City of Maywood.
The Los Angeles River Bike Path Gap Closure Feasibility Study assessed the engineering feasibility, neighborhood connectivity, safety, environmental and permitting requirements, hydraulic impacts, real estate, maintenance and operations, and preliminary cost estimates of the project. The study found that the project is feasible and would help serve the transportation needs of communities neighboring the project area as well as the region.
Following the completion of the feasibility study, in September 2016 the Metro Board approved the project to advance into conceptual design. This includes the preparation of technical studies about the corridor’s existing conditions, and community engagement to understand the community’s needs and desires.
During conceptual design, Metro staff reached out to the communities to understand how people currently use the path, what they’d like to use the path for in the future, how people want to access the path, in order to hone in on preferred path types, project goals, and what should be considered as evaluation criteria. Metro hosted nine public meetings conducted online and in-person surveys and attended numerous community events. After collecting this information three draft alternatives were identified and presented to the public in May 2019.