Pat Brown Forum Discusses Debate Between 710 Tunnel and Light Rail

On March 30th 2015, the Pat Brown Institute and League of Women Voters Pasadena hosted a forum at Cal State LA to discuss the 710 Project. Featured panelists included Alhambra City Councilmember Barbara Messina, Duarte City Councilmember John Fasana, Glendale City Councilmember Ara Najarian and South Pasadena City Councilmember Micheal Cacciotti. Executive Director, Dr. Raphael Sonenshein moderated the SR-710 North Forum by asking a series of questions.

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Issues discussed included project funding, 710 tunnel, light rail, and truck usage. Councilmembers Cacciotti and Najarian argued that the public would prefer the light rail alternative. Messina stated that light rail will do nothing to solve the problem and the tunnel is “the only alternative that makes sense and addresses all of the problems that the environmental impact report identifies; mobility, air quality and congestion.”

A news report by CBS Los Angeles highlights the debate between light rail and the 710 tunnel, citing Cacciotti and Messina on their positions. Click here to read the article.

Messina, Vice Chair of SCAG Transportation Committee, assured the audience that trucks will likely not travel through the 710 tunnel. Metro Board Member, Fasana, added that while the tunnel would bring about mobility, “most trucks in San Gabriel Valley head east” and would not select to travel in the 710 tunnel. 

To learn more about why the 710 tunnel is the best alternative click here or visit our FAQ's here. Be sure to mark your calendars for the first public hearing to be held on Saturday, April 11 at the Roscoe C. Ingalls Auditorium, RSVP to this event . A second hearing will be on Tuesday, April 14 at the Pasadena Convention Center. RSVP to the second public hearing here.