Today at the South Pasadena Gold Line Station: Assemblyman Chris Holden announced a bill (AB 287) that would legislatively eliminate the 710 tunnel option and form an advisory committee to study better transportation alternatives!
South Pasadena City Council member Marina Khubesrian, M.D. attended a press conference to support the Vote Yes on Measure M campaign along with a wide coalition of elected officials, environmental groups, public health organizations, labor groups and chambers of commerce.
Measure M is the LA County Traffic Improvement Plan that will fund infrastructure and traffic improvement projects resulting in:
- 15% less time stuck in traffic
- 465,000 new jobs
- Fill potholes and repair roads now in all 88 LA County Cities
- Affordable fares for seniors, disabled people and students
- Earthquake retrofits to bridges and overpasses
- M does not fund the building of new freeways and excludes any funds from being used for construction of a 710 tunnel.
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Article by Dr. Bill Sherman, Sept 29, 2016. Source: http://southpasadenareview.com/public-weighs-in-at-metros-costbenefit-analysis-meeting/
via KPCC, September 13 2016:
"More than two-thirds of riders on the recently opened Expo Line Phase II to Santa Monica are new to the train line and more than 40 percent of them switched to transit from driving alone, according to a survey released this week by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The new Expo Line section opened May 20, bringing a ridership surge of about 20,000 new rides per weekday and double the number of Sunday riders on the entire line." (click on image below to read more)
Concerned About Unhealthful Air Around Schools, School Board Members Approve Resolution Opposing 710 Tunnel
On June 23, 2016 the Five-Star Education Coalition (5SC) comprised of representatives from the school boards of Burbank, Glendale, La Canada, Pasadena and South Pasadena unanimously voted to pass a resolution which opposes any construction of a 710 Freeway tunnel extension:
"The 5SC does hereby oppose any of the Tunnel Alternative variations: single-bore or dual-bore, toll or no toll, truck or no truck, express bus or no express bus, to extend the SR-710 freeway from Valley Boulevard in the City of Los Angeles to the 210 freeway in the City of Pasadena, and instead supports the development of a fiscally and environmentally responsible alternative."
[NOTE: PUSD'S BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTED TO SUPPORT THE 5-STAR EDUCATION COALITION'S JOINT RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE TUNNEL EXTENSION. click here for the article]
The Pasadena Unified School District is once again wading into the ongoing battle over the 710 Freeway Tunnel extension plan. The proposed plan by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) would build a 4.5 mile tunnel to connect the freeway from its terminus at Valley Boulevard in Alhambra to the “stub” of the 210 freeway in Pasadena.
In February, an organization known as the 5-Star Education Coalition (5-SC), consisting of representatives from Pasadena Unified, South Pasadena Unified, Glendale Unified, Burbank Unified, and La Canada Unified, drafted a joint resolution opposing the tunnel extension of State Route 710 North.
The coalition represents 70,000 K-12 students in those five school districts.
The coalition took issue with METRO’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), saying “The 5SC finds that the DEIR does not adequately address the potential health impact on our students and staff whose daily school and work environment would be impacted because of our schools’ proximity to a route proposed in the study for State Route 710.”
The 5SC also did not agree with METRO’s findings that the building of a tunnel to extend State Route 710 will not bring additional traffic to the area.
The coalition had hoped for a united front to oppose the tunnel project, as a number of local city governments, including Pasadena, had already.
Pasadena Unified School Board member Larry Torres quashed that hope when he went on record to decide against supporting the resolution.
“I’m of the opinion, probably where most folks are, that something needs to happen,” Torres told the PUSD board in March during its monthly meeting. “I’m not sold that a tunnel is the answer,” added Torres, a former LAUSD teacher, “but I’m also questioning whether or not for me, as a school board member, this is a child-related issue.”
But PUSD board member Scott Phelps wants the matter revisited at tonight’s monthly board meeting and voted on again.
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