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City Continues 710 Freeway Fight

South Pas City Council recently signed a letter opposing Southern California Association of Governments Regional Transportation Plan that includes the 710 extension.

The City of South Pasadena released a letter Wednesday sent to Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)—opposing the organization's Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) because it includes the 710 extension.

This RTP (attached), which is updated every four years, “sets foundation by which Metro creates the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)," Transportation Manager Dennis Woods told Patch.

The plan, according to SCAG's website, "provides a vision for transportation investments throughout the region" and uses "growth forecasts and economic trends that project out over a 20-year period."

In addition to South Pas, Glendale, Burbank and La Cañada Flintridge have agreed to writing letters opposing SCAG's inclusion of the freeway.

All of South Pas City Council members signed the attached letter sent on behalf of the City, which states that the plan "[does] not meet the legal requirements of the Clean Air Act ..." among other objections.

$37 million towards an environmental study on the 710 extension.

"Metro is currently preparing environmental studies—but SCAG's plan sabotages that,"

SCAG deputy executive director Doug Williford told Pasadena Star-News that the 710 Freeway in the RTP is a "place holder" and that the version could change to align with Metro's final conclusions.

The draft RTP comment period ends Feb. 14, and SCAG is slated to adapt a final plan in April. You can submit your comments/complaints HERE.

tammany February 10, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I stand with my old home South Pasadena. Leave it alone! for 50 years people have made their case and won. " we the people" Not we the Union cronies and bought and paid for liberal political pigs.
Marlane Osman February 10, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I don't want another freeway through town, but it is time to be a member in good standing with our neighbors and try to figure out mutual solutions to the transportation challenges which face all of us! Just saying, "No", is not enough.
George Lasla December 10, 2012 at 04:25 AM
With plans for an underground freeway South Pasadena has lost its grievance, all I hear are arguments against freeways in general. Freeways are obnoxious yes but vital to the economy and quality of life in Los Angeles, like arteries in a body, every single thing aside from dirt and oak trees you see every day were brought here by truck. And while everyone sympathizes with South Pas, an above-ground freeway would indeed gut the heart of their little city, the 710 is needed. Right now all of their sister cities off the 10 have to absorb the overflow from 710 traffic, Enough, shut up South Pas, finish the damn 710 extension.

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