City of Pasadena News Release March 16, 2015
City Working Group Determines SR-710 Tunnel Option Not For Pasadena
PASADENA, Calif.——Multiple transportation options focused on moving people, not vehicles, is the best approach to help complete the State Route 710 project, according to recommendations included in a report recently forwarded by the City’s SR-710 Alternatives Working Group to Mayor Bill Bogaard and City Manager Michael J. Beck. The letter and full report are HERE.
In a letter dated March 9, 2015, the Working Group concluded “a priority of any proposal should be on moving people, rather than vehicles.” Other important priorities identified included ensuring “consistency with Pasadena's General Plan, enhancing travel options for underserved communities, improving safety, minimizing environmental impacts, reducing surface street traffic and providing transportation choices to the public,” the Working Group noted.
The Working Group began meeting in September 2014. Members include Stephen Acker, Geoffrey Baum, Joel Bryant, Alan Clelland, Sarah Gavit, David Grannis and Jennifer Higginbotham. The group identified the following specific recommendations that the project should concentrate on:
- Light Rail Transit (LRT)
- Expanded Bus Service
- Local Street Network (LSN) Improvements
- Bicycle Transit
The March 9 letter said the tunnel option “is not a preferred alternative for Pasadena.”
“Whether the tunnel proposal would reduce congestion and north-south corridor travel times rather than simply shift existing traffic onto a newly created route without measurable improvements to the network or positive impact on local traffic in Pasadena could not be determined,” the group noted.