Rendering of Metro Eastside Extension Phase 2 station.

Starting tonight, Metro will be holding community meetings to review four options for Phase 2 of the Eastside Extension:

  • Light rail via the 60
  • Light rail on Washington Boulevard
  • Transportation systems management (improving bus services)
  • A no-build alternative.

The meetings will be held in the communities of Pico Rivera, South El Monte, Montebello and Whittier.

The meetings, which are part of the environmental review process for the project, will enable the public to learn more about the project and provide feedback on the proposed options and the evaluation process used to identify and mitigate environmental impact.

Although most UCLA commuters residing east of downtown LA currently commute by car or vanpool because of the distance and travel time savings, my best guess is that the completion of the Eastside Extension — in concert with the regional connector and the Westside Subway — may very well make taking mass transit from that part of the County to UCLA feasible and practical on a daily basis.

The four community meetings will be held on:

Monday, February 22

Pio Pico Women’s Center

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

9214 Mines Avenue

Pico Rivera

Wednesday, February 24

South El Monte Senior Center (dining room)

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 1556 Central Avenue,South El Monte

Thursday, February 25

Senior Center at City Park, South Wing, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., 115 South Taylor Avenue, Montebello

Saturday, February 27

The Salvation Army Santa Fe Springs (Studio 12000), 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12000 East Washington Boulevard, Whittier

The format of the meetings will include an open house followed by a presentation to inform participants of the environmental process and provide an opportunity to ask questions about the study and submit comments.

Since 2007, Metro has conducted an Alternative Analysis (AA) and has prepared supplemental technical studies to identify feasible routes to extend the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension to cities farther east of Los Angeles.

Every day, approximately 50,000 commuting trips leave the area bound for central Los Angeles and 115,000 daily work trips are made within the study area, itself. These existing conditions, combined with projected population growth of 24 percent and employment growth of 15 percent over the next 30 years, illustrate the need for additional transit alternatives.

If members of the public are unable to attend any of the scoping meetings they may still submit comments by mail, fax or e-mail. The comments must be received by April 14, 2010.

For questions about technical information related to this project contact Kimberly Yu, Metro Planning Project Manager, Metro Planning, One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-22-2, Los Angeles, CA, 90012, (213) 922-7910 or e-mail: yuki@metro.net

For questions about public outreach or any community concerns contact Ann Kerman, Constituent Program Manager, Metro Regional Communications, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA, 90012, (213) 922-7671 or e-mail: kermana@metro.net. To learn more about this project, visit Metro’s website at www.metro.net/eastsidephase2 and Facebook.com /Metroeastsidephase2.