710 Coalition Touts Traffic Relief, Community Support, and
Job Creation in Support of 710 North Freeway Tunnel
March 31, 2015, Los Angeles – City of Alhambra Councilmember Barbara Messina, representing the 710 Coalition, was featured at the Pat Brown Institute forum and explained why the freeway tunnel is the very best option to reduce cut through traffic clogging local city streets in the San Gabriel Valley. She was joined by another 710 freeway tunnel supporter, Metro Board member and City of Duarte Councilmember John Fasana.
"The environmental analysis clearly shows that the freeway tunnel will do the most to get traffic off our streets," said Councilmember Barbara Messina.
The freeway tunnel will reduce traffic on local streets (arterials) by anywhere from 42,000 to 91,000 cars per day compared to the option of doing nothing (“No Build” alternative) according to the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement (DEIR/DEIS). Cut through traffic (“Use of Local Arterials for Long Trips”) would be reduced by 27% to 48%.
The DEIR/DEIS is unequivocal about congestion relief, stating:
- “The [twin freeway tunnel] design variation would result in the greatest diversion of [vehicle miles traveled] from arterials…” and
- “The [light rail transit] Alternative would result in a modest increase in the [vehicle miles traveled] on arterials in the study area compared to the No Build Alternative.”
In addition to discussing the DEIR/DEIS, the 710 Coalition emphasized two other key points:
- A recent poll showed 2-to-1 support for the freeway tunnel (56% favor vs. 27% oppose in Los Angeles County, and 59% favor vs. 30% oppose in cities near the proposed project), contradicting the supposed opposition claimed by a vocal minority.
- Construction of the freeway tunnel will create 40,300 high quality jobs, with average earnings of $63,000 per year.
About the Poll
The poll was conducted by Fred Yang from Hart Research Associates between June 23 and June 29, 2014. A total of 1,000 registered voters were surveyed, including 600 in Los Angeles County and 400 in the 12 affected areas.
The geographic definition of “affected areas” include the following cities: South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, San Marino, San Gabriel, Rosemead, Pasadena, Monterey Park, Los Angeles (Council Districts 1 and 14, including El Sereno), La Canada Flintridge, Glendale, Alhambra.
About the 710 Coalition
The Coalition was formed in 1982 and represents communities united to see the 710 freeway completed as soon as possible. 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/.
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