Working Group Determines SR-710 Tunnel Option Not For Pasadena
PASADENA, Calif.——Multiple transportation options focused on
moving people, not vehicles, is the best approach to help complete the State
Route 710 project, according to recommendations included in a report recently
forwarded by the City’s SR-710 Alternatives Working Group to Mayor Bill Bogaard
and City Manager Michael J. Beck.
In a letter dated March 9, 2015, the Working Group concluded
“a priority of any proposal should be on moving people, rather than vehicles.” Other important priorities identified
included ensuring “consistency with Pasadena's General Plan, enhancing travel
options for underserved communities, improving safety, minimizing environmental
impacts, reducing surface street traffic and providing transportation choices
to the public,” the Working Group noted.
The Working Group began meeting in September 2014. Members include Stephen Acker, Geoffrey Baum,
Joel Bryant, Alan Clelland, Sarah Gavit, David Grannis, and Jennifer Higginbotham. The group identified the following specific
recommendations that the project should concentrate on:
Rail Transit (LRT)
Street Network (LSN) Improvements
The March 9 letter said the tunnel option “is not a
preferred alternative for Pasadena.” (Editor’s Note: The Working Group’s letter
is included with this news release.)
SR710 Working Group Letter
“Whether the tunnel proposal would reduce congestion and
north-south corridor travel times rather than simply shift existing traffic
onto a newly created route without measurable improvements to the network or
positive impact on local traffic in Pasadena could not be determined,” the
Metro has released the SR-710 Draft Environmental Impact
Report /Environmental Impact Statement (DEIR) and is now accepting comments on
it. Go to http://www.metro.net/projects/sr-710-conversations for more information.
Metro will conduct a public hearing on the DEIR in Pasadena
on Tuesday, April 14, at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green
Street. Map viewing will be from 5-6
p.m., followed by the public hearing from 6-9 p.m.
The day before Metro’s meeting, the Pasadena City Council
will include a discussion about the project and the DEIR during its Monday,
April 13, 2015 meeting, also to be held at the Pasadena Convention Center,
beginning at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings
will be recorded by Pasadena Media, www.pasadenamedia.org
for broadcast on KPAS, the government cable access TV station, available on Ch.
99 for AT&T U-verse subscribers and Ch. 3 for Charter. The meetings will be streamed on Pasadena
Media’s website and the City’s website at www.cityofpasadena.net/Media.
The group urged the Mayor and City Manager to consider
including their alternatives in the City’s official response back to Metro for the
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IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2015 #019-15
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: William
H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626)