The two Democratic members of Congress whose districts would be most affected by a proposed extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway have opposing views of the controversial study of a tunnel connecting the freeway to Pasadena.
Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) wants regional transportation planners to complete a three-year study of the tunnel and other options for filling the 710 gap. She wrote a letter to Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials on Sept. 27 urging that MTA consider “all options for solving the 710 gap problem.”
Her letter came after a week after Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) lambasted the MTA over the proposed tunnel extending the 710, calling for the agency to spike the study of the roadway over likely cost overruns and opposition from affected communities.
To a degree, the letters reflect the politics of the districts Chu and Schiff serve. Cities in Schiff's district, including La Cañada, South Pasadena and Glendale, oppose an extension, and Pasadena residents have become increasingly active in fighting a 710 extension.