Letters to the editor: 710 tunnel project elicits warnings

A recent Metro hearing led to a vote to hire a consultant to do a robust scoping document on the issue of tunneling the 710 Freeway. Full Story
Jewnited

Raleigh, NC

#1 Jun 6, 2010
Nat, your retoric is ani-arabic
Artie D

Baldwin Park, CA

#2 Jun 6, 2010
Jewnited wrote:
Nat, your retoric is ani-arabic
The truth is never anti-anything!
YankeeFlasher

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Jun 6, 2010
The First Comment is for the second artical included on the same webpage...and was for Nat Isaac, NOT Nat Reed

Clarice and Others

"A recent Metro hearing led to a vote to hire a consultant to do a robust scoping document on the issue of tunneling the 710 Freeway."

Also to develop and prepare the Alternatives Analyses and the EIR/EA for the selected alternative...

"Glendale Mayor and Metro Chair Ara Najarian proposed that a comprehensive transportation program including alternatives other than a freeway extension and a cost/benefit analysis be performed before advancing any project."

Unfortunately his motion would have led to pretty much the same results...

A motion by Huizar (LAC Council mmeber and MTA board member) tried to lock down "NO SURFACE ROUTE" and a vague consideration of south portal construction in ElSereno with loss of 500 houses and destruction of the EMERY PARK TRACT neighborhood...This one will come back this month and perhaps we can get him and the other LA representatives on the Board to get the same LACity COuncil resolution through the MTA Board

This is the next fight in last week of June...

" SCAG documented the cost of tunnels at $11.8 billion for 4.5 miles. That's 10 percent of the national transportation"

This is also equal to the entire budget for the November Water Bond issue which has been noted to eventually cost a total of $22B including all interest and origination fees...for 4.5 mi of road and maximum of 8 lanes

So the real question is "Who benefits from this Monster-Tremors?" and "Who pays??" The last one is easy - You, Me, and Us...who benefits - developers in LACrescenta to Sunland, maybe Verdugo Hills and Glendale and the Ports of LA/LB...but they won't pay anything...and the tolls will not be enough to repay the bond, costs of construction, Maintenance, and Operations...Somebody will form a Tunnel Authority so that they can get taxes and bonds to pay for it and the Highway lobby will just go underground....

Tom
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budget of $124.5 billion this year.

Port trucks would be the only ones who could afford a $20 toll for 4.5 miles, each way, and would pass it on to consumers.

Clarice Knapp, South Pasadena
No710 Ext La Crescenta

La Crescenta, CA

#4 Jun 6, 2010
See, here's the thing.

The Foothill communities from Sylmar, Lake View Terrace, Sunland-Tujunga, La Crescenta, La Canada, Flintridge and Pasadena DO NOT want developers coming in to make sweeping changes. We do not want so called, "progress". We do not want more freeways. We like our small towns. We are not NIMBYs when it comes to this project. We just think there must be a better, less expensive, environmentally responsible solution that works for all of us.

The cities to the east of Pasadena and out toward Pomona, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, are fighting strongly for this project and Mike Antonovich is listening to them.

This massive tunnel, the largest EVER attempted in the world, will not fix the traffic problem on the eastbound 210 or in Alhambra. Quite the opposite. Cars will spill off the 710 connection to avoid paying the estimated $15-20 toll one-way causing more problems than ever. Only trucks from the ports will be able to pay this and in the end, consumers lose.

We need to look at the transport of cargo containers in a 21st century manner. It is estimated that the number of containers will triple by 2030 from 2005 figures. Does it make sense to move them all by truck? No, how about CargoRail or other electric transport? How about finishing the Alameda Corridor East project? How about Multi-mode, low build and create local jobs not hire a European company to build a massive tunnel.

If you don't know about the dangers of highway tunnels, check out the Salang Tunnel on wikipedia. Fires, floods, and earthquake problems are all in our future if this thing is built.

Let's roll up our sleeves MTA and find a reasonable solution to our traffic congestion. Pouring money into this project and moving to the EIR stage is irresponsible.

SB
Pasadena Adjacent

United States

#5 Jun 8, 2010
wow 4 whole comments...
what a landslide of support for your opinion Clarice......

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