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.