The 710 Coalition (Coalition) applauds the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (COG) vote to support the 710 tunnel. The COG is a joint powers authority made up of representatives from 31 cities, three Los Angeles County Supervisors, and the three Municipal Water Districts located in the San Gabriel Valley.
Yesterday, in a major victory for residents seeking to reduce cut-through traffic, a majority of the COG governing board voted 16-7 to endorse building a tunnel to complete the 710 freeway. Coalition city officials were ecstatic at the COG’s decision to recognize the tunnel as the best solution, consistent with recent draft environmental review.
"We’ve said all along that the 710 will benefit cities throughout the San Gabriel Valley and entire Los Angeles region. This vote is just another example of growing support for the tunnel as the preferred solution,” said San Marino Mayor Eugene Sun.
City officials and leaders of affected communities have ramped up efforts to build support for completion of the 710 freeway. “We’ve been at this for decades and we won’t stop until we get the solution our cities deserve,” said Rosemead Councilmember Margaret Clark. “This vote is a major victory for our communities,” Clark continued.
Support for the tunnel is on the rise, with coalition cities, labor, business and residents actively endorsing the project as the best way to reduce congestion and improve mobility.
The 710 tunnel is consistent with the voter mandate and local plans: it is specifically identified in voter-approved Measure R transportation sales tax, is included in Metro's unanimously adopted “Long Range Transportation Plan” (LRTP), and is part of the Southern California Association of Government’s adopted “Regional Transportation Plan" (RTP).