710 Coalition Reacts to Transportation Forum
September 15, 2016, (Pasadena) – In response to the tunnel forum, “The Pasadena Way…or Their Highway”, to be hosted by Councilmember Steve Madison, the 710 Coalition issued the following statement:
“This is a one sided forum. Completion of the 710 is not about one City. It’s about the entire Los Angeles Region.”
“Pasadena fails to acknowledge the regional impact of this project. It’s appalling for Pasadena officials to claim that tunnel construction will destroy their city when the health and safety of several communities has been and continues to be at risk.”
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.
In 2001, 58% of Pasadena voters approved an initiative to support completion of the 710. “Shall an Initiative Ordinance of the City of Pasadena be adopted to declare the policy of the city of Pasadena to be in favor of completing the 710 Freeway extension between the I-210 and the I-10 Freeways, and to declare that such policy could not be changed or repealed without a vote of the people.”
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/.