The council’s position, though, may not possess any genuine significance. Councilman Terry Tornek states, “Frankly, I’ve been asking to have this brought forward much sooner. I think the public deserves to have an opportunity to know how we feel about this stuff. But I also think there is a misconception about the influence the council can have in all of this. This isn’t our project and we are not the decision-makers here.”
in 2001, voters approved of Measure A, which would “complete” the 710 Freeway between the I-10 and the I-210, also known as the “710 gap closure.” Since then, Metro has narrowed all the different ideas and options down to 5 possible solutions:
1) Don’t build anything
2) Rapid bus transit
3) Light rail transit
4) “Traffic management solutions”
5) Build a tunnel
Supposedly, a final report detailing these options is to be released this month.
Councilman Victor Gordo invites all interested parties to attend tonight’s meeting at the Pasadena Convention Center. “This is a complex issue that involves not just the city of Pasadena, but the region, and I would urge people on all sides of the issue to attend the meeting to give us their feedback and then allow for a debate that results in a decision that is in the city’s best interest.”
More information on the State Route 710 Study can be found through Metro, including a listing of several Open House meetings that will be held during the third week of January 2013.
710 Freeway Meeting
Monday, Dec. 10th, 7:30 p.m.
Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green St.