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TO:
kheit@gatewaycog.org,mayor.garcetti@lacity.org,fifthdistrict@lacbos.org,mike.bonin@lacity.org,
fasanaj@accessduarte.com,Don@bos.lacounty.gov,councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org,Hilda@hildasolis.com,
mayor@cityofinglewood.org,MarkRidleyThomas@bos.lacounty.gov,sheila@bos.lacounty.gov,
jdupontw@aol.com,carrie.bowen@dot.ca.gov,boardsecretary@metro.net
CC:
Caltrans_Director@dot.ca.gov,sr710study@metro.net,
garrett.damrath@dot.ca.gov,Jason.Roach@dot.ca.gov,admin@beyondthe710.org
SUBJECT LINE:
Time to move Beyond The 710 Tunnel

Dear Honorable Members of Metro Board,

The proposed 710 Tunnel Alternative would not only devastate communities, it would be a massive waste of money that could be better spent on more significant projects.  The Tunnel is an expensive solution to a problem that doesn’t really exist.  Caltrans’ and Metro’s own studies show that the each of the tunnel variations would not noticeably improve anyone’s commute, and would further congest already overloaded freeways.

To enhance the movement of both people and goods, these billions would be better spent on east-west connections rather than north-south.  Examples include extending the Gold Line in both directions, enhancing east-west freight networks, connecting the Orange and Red Lines in the San Fernando Valley to the Gold Line, improving Transportation System and Demand Management strategies through road improvements and traffic synchronization, and providing north-south Bus Rapid Transit service to connect communities and important destinations.

There is a better alternative to the Tunnel.  Beyond the 710: Moving Forward is currently exploring the option of sustainably repurpose the north and south freeway stubs to provide local transit connections, more housing and recreation, and better access Cal State Los Angeles.

Unfortunately, the current Caltrans Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) does not adequately consider these alternatives.  It is stuck in 20th Century thinking, designed to favor the tunnel project, and presents alternatives that would actually harm communities instead of providing much needed transit connectivity.  The SR-710 project needs to be revised to reflect modern planning priorities and a new solution must be developed to address the regal transportation needs of the region.

Thank you for your consideration.