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Caltrans releases
SR-710 Draft EIR/EIS

Be sure to send in your comments by
July 6th 2015

Comments can go to:
Garrett Damrath, Chief Environmental Planner
Caltrans District 7, Division of Environmental Planning
100 South Main Street, MS-16A
Los Angeles, CA 90012


"The Question is..." with Anthony Portantino
Guests Ara Najarian, Robbyn Battles and Sergio Gonzalez discuss the SR-710 Tunnel issue See the Link here


Press Releases

No 710 Action Committee to Show Countywide Opposition to Tunnel (PDF)
Hundreds of LA County Citizens will March in South Pasadena's 4th of July Parade, 6/30/2014


Upcoming
Meetings & Events

Wednesday, May 6, 5 PM-9 PM
Public Hearings on SR-710 North Draft Environmental Documents (EIR/EIS)

• Map Viewing 5pm to 6pm

• Public Hearing 6pm to 9 pm, La Cañada High School Auditorium, 4463 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada-Flintridge, CA 91011

Thursday, May 7, 5 PM-9 PM (Note: time may change)
Public Hearings on SR-710 North Draft Environmental Documents (EIR/EIS)

• Map Viewing 5pm to 6pm

• Public Hearing 6pm to 9 pm, Los Angeles Christian Presbyterian Church, 2241 N. Eastern Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90032

Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 PM
South Pasadena SR-710 Community Workshop. Get involved and motivated.

The city is hosting a community workshop to discuss the SR-710 North Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS). Learn about each of the proposed alternatives their implications to South Pasadena.

South Pasadena Middle School Auditorium, 1500 Fair Oaks AV. South Pasadena 91030
Contact: Margaret Lin, Principal Management Analysis, MLin@ SouthPasadenaCA.gov or Samuel Zneirmer, Management Intern, SZneimer@southPasadenaCA.gov, 626 403-7215

Updated 4/22/2015

Note - New "DEIR-Info" button above
Click link to learn how to comment on the Draft EIR/EIS

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The No 710 Action Committee

is a fast growing association of cities, organizations, professionals and citizens who realize that the SR-710 tunnel is an unacceptable alternative to address regional transportation problems. Our mission is to promote solutions that are environmentally and fiscally sound, reduce pollution, lower health risks, relieve congestion, and eliminate public dependence on fossil fuels. The No 710 Action Committee demands that transit authorities operate in an honest and transparent manner that is responsive to the concerns and interests of the impacted communities and the public at large.


Read quotes from candidates and elected officials
who are for or against the 710 extension


Why the SR-710 (Tunnel) is a Bad Idea

  • The SR-710 North Extension is not being built for commuters. It's intended as part of a goods movement system that ties into the Expansion of the I-710 Freeway and the High Desert Corridor.1
  • These 4.9 mile tunnels will not have exits or onramps, further demonstrating that it is not designed for local commuters, but pass-through traffic from the Ports.
  • The SR-710 North Extension (tunnel(s) would connect the lower I-710 Freeway with the already heavily congested I-210 Freeway which will lead to gridlock conditions for everyone.2
  • Cost - Government sources have quoted project cost ranges between $1 - $14 billion to build the tunnel. The current figures being used by LACMTA is $5.425 billion and SCAG is $5.636 billion. The smaller "Big Dig" tunnel, (only 3.5-mile long) was estimated to cost $2.8 billion in 1982 dollars. However, the Boston Globe has estimated that the project will ultimately cost $24 billion, including interest, and that it will not be paid off until 2038.3
  • To pay for the huge construction and upkeep costs (lacking in current estimates), a public-private partnership must be forged. These investors need to make a profit from this deal and tolls will be charged. Tolls create diversion traffic.4 Drivers unwilling to pay the "average" fees of $5.64 for cars and $15.23 for cargo trucks5 will likely take the "short cut" through local neighborhood streets.
  • InfraConsult, a financial consultant, provided a forecast volume of 190,000 annual average daily traffic in the SR-710 North Tunnel for the year 2030 to which a diversion rate of 35% has been applied.4 It is possible that a public-private partnership for the 710 tunnel(s) will fail like other toll roads because the forecasts were based on FLAWED traffic projections6 and traffic volumes may be much lower than expected.7
  • The risk of being killed in a traffic accident occurring in a tunnel is twice as high as on open stretches of motorways.8
  • Roadway tunnels are inherently dangerous. If a fire occurs, there is no easy way out of a tunnel, especially for those with limited mobility.9
  • Vehicle exhaust cannot be properly filtered and will lead to health issues not only for the drivers who use the tunnel10 but also for the surrounding communities where the exhaust is vented.11

Click here to see footnotes for above data (PDF)

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