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Upcoming
Meetings & Events

June 22 Thursday 9:00 AM
Metro Regular Board of Directors Meeting
LACMTA/One Gateway Plaza/Los Angeles, CA 90012/Board Room 3rd Floor

July 4 Tuesday 10:00 AM
South Pasadena Festival of the Balloons Parade. Join the Freeway Fighters at Meridian & Hope to march and celebrate with us!
Flyer (PDF)

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Press Releases

Response to Metropolitan Transit Authority Decision on SR 710 Alternative (PDF)
710 tunnel funding removed by Metro Board in lieu of local street improvements, 5/25/2017

Beyond the 710 -
Moving Forward

On Thursday, May 28, 2015, Beyond the 710 - Moving Forward (formerly called C3), sponsored a press conference on the steps of the LACMTA Headquarters to distribute a new plan of forward thinking mobility and smart growth proposals that will better connect people to important destinations and relieve congestion throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Learn more

Alhambrans Against
the 710
(PDF)
Alhambra Wastes $150,000 to Create Gridlock Event vs. Real Traffic Solutions:
City Officials' Tactics, Expenditures Backfire As Alhambra Residents Seek Real Traffic Relief, 6/9/2015


News

Senate Bill No. 275 (PDF)
State Senator Anthony Portantino introduces legislation requiring surplus residential properties in the 710 corridor to be assessed at affordable/reasonable prices for property tax purposes, 2/9/2017

Portantino House Letter (PDF)

Assembly Bill No. 287 (PDF)
Assembly Member Chris Holden introduces legislation calling for a special advisory committee to determine the project for the 710 corridor, 2/2/2017

See the Story: Assemblyman Chris Holden of Pasadena Introduces bill to kill 710 Freeway tunnel project

See Holden's Letter to CalSTA (PDF)

United States Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG) Education Fund and Frontier Group identifies 12 of the most wasteful highway expansion projects across the country, including the 710 Tunnel Project

See the Report: 21st Century Transportation, Highway Boondoggles 2

See the Press Release: San Gabriel Valley Route 710 Tunnel Makes National List of Highway Boondoggles

Metro releases
Cost Benefit Analysis
6/19/2015

Public Notice

Pasadena City Council votes
to support recommendations of the Pasadena Working Group and opposes Tunnel Alternative
Story Here
Comments by Ara Najarian


710 Tunnel Community Meeting “THE PASADENA WAY…
OR THEIR HIGHWAY

Webcast of forum on alternatives to the 710 tunnel presented by Pasadena City Councilmember Steve Madison on 9/15/16


South Pasadena SR-710 Community Workshop
Webcast of the Special City Council Meeting/Community Workshop held on May 13, 2015


"The Question is..." with Anthony Portantino
Guests Ara Najarian, Robbyn Battles and Sergio Gonzalez discuss the SR-710 Tunnel issue See the Link here

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Updated 2/17/2017

Response to Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Decision on
SR 710 Alternative

May 25, 2017

Los Angeles, CA – The No 710 Action Committee has spent more than seven years engaging in every aspect of the 710 North Study. Today we were represented by over 30 members at the meeting at which the Metro Board voted unanimously to eliminate the 710 tunnel alternative from funding in favor of the Transportation System Management/Transportation Demand Management alternative from the Draft Environmental Impact Report. Following the meeting the committee issued this statement:

"The No 710 Action Committee enthusiastically supports today's unanimous landmark decision by the Metro Board of Directors for multiple reasons:

  • It demonstrates that Metro is ready to move beyond the era of addressing congestion by adding more lane miles in favor of focusing on locally-supported, sensible transportation options that are feasible today, fiscally sound, reduce pollution, lower health risks, relieve congestion and serve the specific needs of the communities they serve.  
  • It confirms the ruling by a court of law in the State of California that inclusion of "(tunnel)" in Measure R has no force in effect—that is, it does not mandate the construction of the tunnel.
  • It releases funds that have been locked away in the hope of a return to 1950s planning mindset that can now be spent on creating immediate and real 21st century solutions to traffic.
  • It effectively removes the spectre of the 710 tunnel from consideration for the foreseeable future.

Our primary goal of eliminating the tunnel alternative has been achieved with today's historic decision, but there is still much to do. Moving forward, our committee plans to support and participate in the process set forth by the Board for defining and implementing individualized solutions for mitigating traffic impacts in the communities named in the motion. In addition, we will focus on supporting our elected officials in their efforts to insure that neither the tunnel nor any freeway extension of the 710 to the 210 ever again presents a threat to future generations. Finally, we are committed to continue working to insure the fair treatment of the Caltrans tenants and to support the expeditious sale of Caltrans-owned houses in the corridor. 

We congratulate the Directors on the consensus they were able to reach on what has long been a contentious issue, their focus on a new direction for 710 Corridor solutions, the respect the Directors showed to each other and the Board's sensitivity to the concerns of everyone who spoke at today's meeting."

More information:

and Official Comments:

 


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The No 710 Action Committee

is a fast growing association of cities, organizations, professionals and citizens who realize that the SR-710 tunnel is an unacceptable alternative to address regional transportation problems. Our mission is to promote solutions that are environmentally and fiscally sound, reduce pollution, lower health risks, relieve congestion, and eliminate public dependence on fossil fuels. The No 710 Action Committee demands that transit authorities operate in an honest and transparent manner that is responsive to the concerns and interests of the impacted communities and the public at large.


Metro's Projections for Traffic Improvements
After 710 Toll Tunnels are Completed

 

Metro's plan for dual bore tunnels will not improve traffic in 2025

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Why the SR-710 (Tunnel) is a Bad Idea

See who agrees the SR-710 extension is a bad idea

  • The SR-710 North Extension is not being built for commuters. It's intended as part of a goods movement system that ties into the Expansion of the I-710 Freeway and the High Desert Corridor.1
  • These 4.9 mile tunnels will not have exits or onramps, further demonstrating that it is not designed for local commuters, but pass-through traffic from the Ports.
  • The SR-710 North Extension (tunnel(s) would connect the lower I-710 Freeway with the already heavily congested I-210 Freeway which will lead to gridlock conditions for everyone.2
  • Cost - Government sources have quoted project cost ranges between $1 - $14 billion to build the tunnel. The current figures being used by LACMTA is $5.425 billion and SCAG is $5.636 billion. The smaller "Big Dig" tunnel, (only 3.5-mile long) was estimated to cost $2.8 billion in 1982 dollars. However, the Boston Globe has estimated that the project will ultimately cost $24 billion, including interest, and that it will not be paid off until 2038.3
  • To pay for the huge construction and upkeep costs (lacking in current estimates), a public-private partnership must be forged. These investors need to make a profit from this deal and tolls will be charged. Tolls create diversion traffic.4 Drivers unwilling to pay the "average" fees of $5.64 for cars and $15.23 for cargo trucks5 will likely take the "short cut" through local neighborhood streets.
  • InfraConsult, a financial consultant, provided a forecast volume of 190,000 annual average daily traffic in the SR-710 North Tunnel for the year 2030 to which a diversion rate of 35% has been applied.4 It is possible that a public-private partnership for the 710 tunnel(s) will fail like other toll roads because the forecasts were based on FLAWED traffic projections6 and traffic volumes may be much lower than expected.7
  • The risk of being killed in a traffic accident occurring in a tunnel is twice as high as on open stretches of motorways.8
  • Roadway tunnels are inherently dangerous. If a fire occurs, there is no easy way out of a tunnel, especially for those with limited mobility.9
  • Vehicle exhaust cannot be properly filtered and will lead to health issues not only for the drivers who use the tunnel10 but also for the surrounding communities where the exhaust is vented.11

Click here to see footnotes for above data (PDF)

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