The Draft EIR/EIS analyzing State Route 710 (SR 710) North Study alternatives was released March 6. The documents analyze the five alternatives being considered by Caltrans and Metro for “transportation improvements to improve mobility and relieve congestion” in SR 710 North Study area.
The freeway tunnel option, which should be called “tollway tunnels option” because that is how Metro has said they will pay for it, will be disastrous for West Pasadena in many ways, some of which the study ignores.
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The Five Alternatives Being Considered
- No Build
- Transportation System Management/Transportation Demand Management (TSM/TDM)*
- Bus Rapid Transit
- Light Rail Transit
- Freeway Tunnel
*"The TSM/TDM Alternative "consists of strategies and improvements to increase efficiency and capacity for all modes in the transportation system with lower capital cost investments and/or lower potential impacts. The TSM/TDM Alternative is designed to maximize the efficiency of the existing transportation system by improving capacity and reducing the effects of bottlenecks and chokepoints." (from pages 4 and 5 of the Study).
Explained by an advocate, TDM is the flip side of infrastructure. It focuses on helping people use the infrastructure in place for transit, ridesharing, walking, biking, and telework. It is cost-effective in guiding the design of our transportation and physical infrastructure so that alternatives to driving are naturally encouraged and our systems are better balanced. TDM thus underlies most of the important new initiatives of today: transit-oriented development, complete streets, walkable activity centers, livability and sustainability initiatives, and integrated corridor management.
TDM, focused on people first, functions on two levels.
The Freeway (Tollway) Alternative Route
The tunnel portals will be located just north of Del Mar Ave. in the SR-710 stub.
Detail illustrations of the interchange in Pasadena are not included in the study. Metro has shown detailed drawings in meetings, but has so far refused to provide them.
Here is a summary of the proposed changes:
- The Del Mar Bridge over the stub would be demolished and replaced with an at-grade road after the tunnel construction is complete.
- The Green Street Bridge over the 210 stub would be demolished and replaced.
- New freeway on/off ramps are proposed in Old Pasadena. The first ramp exiting north from the tunnels will feed onto Pasadena Avenue and end at Colorado Blvd. The second ramp starts on Saint John Ave. at Green Street and feeds into the tunnel moving south.
- To accommodate increased local traffic, Pasadena Ave. will be widened and a third lane added from the northbound tunnel exit to Colorado Blvd. Similarly, Saint John Ave. would be realigned, widened and extended from Del Mar Blvd. to California Blvd.
- A large Operations Maintenance and Control facility will be located above the covered tunnel between Del Mar Ave. and the Sequoia School on California Blvd.
- The location for an electric substation has not yet been identified.