It’s on-going as we know. What’s the latest regarding the 710 extension conversation? Here is the Metro website 710 Study, a link to a Patch article and some local comments.
From HPMW Patch: What Are the Best Alternatives for the 710 Gap Closure?
Caltrans and MTA did it again in East LA
Several people from ElSereno and Lincoln Heights visited the meeting and really got upset when they were told to ask their individual questions to the “experts” at each station…BUT this time rather than just walking away in disgust – one lady said outloud that this isn’t the proper way to have public participation because people LEARN from each other thru the questions and everyone gets the same access to the replies…
Unfortunately MTA/Caltrans are trying to turn off everyone and get as many disinterested venues involved in order to dilute the opposition growing in Pasadena, SoPas, and ElSereno….
While we are trying to get 710 Corners in the Libraries and 710 PopUp workshops – yeah we are even considering motorhomes/trailers with popups.
Last night in Ramona Hall…Caltrans/
MTA gave us a wonderful snow-job
After a short presentation as to what the EIR and Alternative Analysis Process are they asked the public to go to each of the Workshop Stations and ask any questions of the “specialist”
Purposes and Needs – Purpose – not allow the public to learn from each other and allow the specialist to craft a response to the inidividual and snow them as needed and don’t have any witnesses as to what was actually given as a response.
Some current status background
1. Scoping Report has been completed, technical and EIR consultants and “public outreach” consultants have been hired
2. Techies have already done modelling for traffic and includes early estimates of congestion releif and increases
3. MTA techies differ in modeling results compared to those of SCAG and its Regl.Transp.
Plan 2035 – different inputs and origins/destination s
4. MTA has increased the Study Area from earlier 100sqmi SR2>SR134>I210>
I605>I10> I5>SR2 to current adding SR2>I210(LaCanada) >Pasadena AND extending south of I10 to about 1/2mile north of SR60 including EastLA …
5. MTA isexpanding the Study Area to add more “friendly” or non-opposing communities in order to dilute the current and expanding opposition from LA, SoPas, and Pasadena.
Opposition is joining with a couple of 501-C-3 organizations to provide storefront workshops for our communities to actually learn what is happening and what we can do to oppose the hghway stystems and get our communities really moving by improving are existing road resources and getting most of frieght and lots of us on rails or buses
We are also trying to develop 710 corners in some of the libraries to get everyone up to speed and keep us moving to a better NELA.