May 25, 2017, – In response to the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) action regarding the 710 Freeway tunnel project, Alhambra Mayor Dave Mejia stated, “We are disappointed, particularly because Metro’s analysis concluded that the tunnel is the best option,” Mejia a member of the 710 Coalition added, “This has been a long battle but we’re not tired. Our number one priority is to provide relief to our communities and we will keep fighting to make sure our cities get the support and resources we need to reduce congestion on our streets.”
Rosemead Councilmember Steven Ly added, “Measure R specifically allocated funds for this project. Let’s not deviate from the will of the voters. That money should stay in the San Gabriel Valley.”
In 2012, LA Metro released a list of five alternatives to be studied as part of the SR-710 North Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR.) A freeway tunnel was among the proposals.
The 710 Coalition continues to support the tunnel as the best alternative for completing the freeway. A freeway tunnel will reduce congestion and air pollution in local neighborhoods, provide a missing link to the gap in a regional freeway system, reduce emissions and decrease cut-through traffic in surrounding communities. The tunnel reduces emissions and local street vehicle miles traveled: by 9% in Pasadena, by 12% in South Pasadena, by 7% in San Gabriel and by 14% in Alhambra.
The Coalition was formed in 1982 and represents communities united to see the 710-freeway completed. It is made up of businesses, school districts, cities, and individuals united under a common umbrella of action and information. The 710 Coalition's member organizations represent millions of people in Southern California. The member cities are: Alhambra, Monterey Park, Rosemead, San Gabriel, and San Marino. For a complete list of supporters and more information about the 710 Coalition please visit us at our website: http://www.710coalition.com/.