ON THE ROAD: Metro committee recommends TSM/TDM option to close “710 freeway gap” instead of tunnel

By Robert D. Thomas
Music Critic
Southern California News Group

“On the Road” is an occasional series on transportation — mostly public transit.

Rejecting a staff recommendation, Metro’s Ad-Hoc Congestion, Highway and Roads Committee voted today to recommend to the full Board of Directors that Metro adopt the Transit Systems Management/Transit Demand Management (TSM/TDM) option for closing the 710 Freeway gap between I-10 in Alhambra and East Los Angeles and I-210 in Pasadena.

The motion by Board member John Fasana was also supported by Kathryn Barger and Ara Najarian; Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker and Janice Hahn voted no. The full Board will consider the item at its meeting May 25 at 9 a.m.

Fasana’s motion noted that, “the estimated $3 billion (in 2014 dollars) for a single-bore tunnel [which was the staff recommendation] is not available.” Instead, the committee recommended allocating $105 million in Measure R funds to implement the TSM/TDM option to relieve traffic congestion along the streets now used to bridge the gap. Proposals would include traffic signal upgrades and synchronization, local street and intersection improvements, improved connections to existing bus service and the promotion of rideshare in the area around the gap in the 710 between Alhambra and Pasadena.

Read the complete report HERE.

Jeff Landa of the Los Angeles Times has a good overview article HERE.

My original Blog post is HERE.

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