SGV roads get dumped on by MTA*****UPDATE

Anytime the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) gets involved, El Monte and the rest of the San Gabriel Valley gets “dumped on.”

Well, that’s what El Monte Councilmembers Pat Wallach and Art Barrios think.

El Monte has been asked to participate in a conversation about the possibility of converting the 210 and 10 HOV lanes into toll roads. The idea did resonate well with some of the El Monte council members. At a special meeting on Monday, council members expressed their disgust for the plan — and for MTA.

Councilman Juventino Gomez said that he predicts that should toll roads be implemented, that it will only mean more traffic within El Monte’s major roadways.

“We’ve got to really think about this,” Gomez said. “This could be much more costly in a lot of ways. There will be increased truck traffic … and our police department will have to be busier.”

But most of the venom shot at MTA came from Wallach and Barrios.

“Whenever MTA gets involved, the SGV gets dumped on. We don’t have any benefits if this goes through,” Barrios said.

Wallach couldn’t agree more.

“We always get dumped on here in the San Gabriel Valley. MTA seems to not be thinking about the other valley,” Wallach said.

Incidentally, both Wallach and Barrios were chosen as the El Monte delegates to discuss this plan with the San Gabriel Valley Legislative Caucus on Saturday. (Not with the MTA, as I previosuly posted.)

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and will be at the City of West Covina’s Council Chambers, 1444 West Garvey Ave.

Reporter Dan Abendschein will be covering the event, so look for a story about it in Sunday’s newspaper.

  • Resident

    Here! Here! Why isn’t MTA worrying about improving mass transit for the San Gabriel Valley (more buses, maybe light rail or even BART type rail). They are to beholden to their buddies on the West Side of LA who get everything they want, including a ridiculous Monorail Ride along Wilshire. SGV Residents RISE UP!!!!. Your taxes pay for MTA you should get your monies worth.

  • Toll the 405…

    Put a toll on the 405 Freeway. It’s more crowded than the 10. I know it will be hard on all those POOOOR people in Bel Air and Westwood but I guess they’ll just have to settle for a smaller European sports car this year.

  • Anonymous

    Could someone tell me why the Mayor objected when the vote went to Wallach and Barrios as a alt.

  • Anonymous

    We need to stand up to MTA

  • Anonymous

    I think the meeting on the 14th they are referring to is the SGV Legislative Caucus (not MTA) that will be taking place at the West Covina City Hall where they will be discussing price congestion.

  • Anonymous

    I think the meeting on the 14th they are referring to is the SGV Legislative Caucus (not MTA) that will be taking place at the West Covina City Hall where they will be discussing price congestion.

  • Anonymous

    how can those of us who live in the san gabriel valley tell MTA we do NOT want a toll road

  • Anonymous

    I encourage everyone to attned this meeting and show their feelings about the toll road.

  • Anonymous

    The congestion pricing is in exchange for $200 million for improving public transit in the SGV.