County transportation officials came to La Cañada Flintridge Saturday to unveil the options they are exploring to fill the 710 gap, meeting with 75 mostly skeptical people at La Cañada High School.
At the open house, representatives of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency displayed a map of a possible tunnel connecting the Long Beach (710) Freeway to the Foothill (210) Freeway. They also laid out other alternatives for improving traffic in the area from Alhambra to La Canada with express buses, expanded light rail and improved streets and speed controls.
The proposals are part of a $37 million environmental impact study the MTA launched last year. The study is expected to wrap up in 2014, followed by a 60-day public comment period. Along the way, Metro is expected to release parts of the study that examine the different alternatives.
Preliminary Metro data shows that 1,368 cargo trucks a day would travel between a 710 extension and the Port of Los Angeles, about 3% of port cargo traffic. Metro officials said most trucks from the port would continue to unload downtown or travel on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway to hubs in the Inland Empire.