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February 27, 2020. Metro Board Action Withdrawing SR 60 & Combined Alternatives


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The Metro Board of Directors approved staff's recommendations for the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project (Project) at their February 27 meeting.

The approved recommendations included the withdrawal of the SR 60 and Combined Alternatives from consideration in the environmental process, based on technical study findings. Metro recognizes that the mobility challenges in and around the SR 60 corridor and San Gabriel Valley still exist. Therefore, the Board approved the preparation of a feasibility study, independent from the environmental process for this Project, to evaluate mobility options that better serve the needs of the SR 60 corridor communities and San Gabriel Valley. The feasibility study will allow Metro to collaborate with stakeholders to identify potential solutions and options in advance of the second cycle of Measure M funding for the Project. The Board also passed a motion as an amendment to the recommendations to honor the commitment of $635.5 million made to the San Gabriel Valley subregion as part of Measure R documentation. This commitment will be recognized consistent with the funding years in the Measure R Expenditure Plan.

The approved recommendations also included proceeding with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the environmental review process and discontinuing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study.

These actions will help focus the environmental study and advance the accelerated goals for the Project.

Next Steps 

Public involvement will continue throughout the planning process for the Project and additional participation opportunities will be conducted as part of the separate SR 60 corridor feasibility study that will be conducted to evaluate other options that better serve the needs of the San Gabriel Valley.



For further information, call Martin Browne, City of Whittier at (562) 567-9480 or email


Nueva información sobre la fase 2 del corredor de tránsito al este del Condado de Los Ángeles.

Para más información, llame a Martin Browne, Ciudad de Whittier al (562) 567-9480 o envíe un correo electrónico a


For further information, call Martin Browne, City of Whittier at (562) 567-9480 or email

Para más información, llame a Martin Browne, Ciudad de Whittier al (562) 567-9480 o envíe un correo electrónico a

The Eastside Gold Line Phase II light rail project seeks to extend the Gold Line east from its current terminus at Pomona Boulevard and Atlantic Boulevard.
The Washington Boulevard Coalition supports the Atlantic Underground variation for the Washington Boulevard route to travel north-south from the Gold Line terminus to Washington Boulevard before service continues east along Washington Boulevard into Whittier. This alignment avoids objections from Montebello to the use of north-south routes in their community, better satisfies the concerns of East Los Angeles residents, and serves both the Citadel shopping area and Casino in Commerce.

Benefits of the Washington Boulevard Alignment

  • Helps people get to jobs
  • Connects communities to each other and to housing, education, healthcare, shopping, and entertainment
  • Provides transit to more disadvantaged residents, many with limited or no access to private vehicles
  • Improves traffic congestion
  • Reduces air pollution
  • Best supports regional land use objectives
  • Provides significant opportunities for economic growth and positive community transformation
  • Nine light rail stations can help the communities nearby to redevelop
  • Serves more riders at a lower cost per rider than the SR-60 Freeway route
  • Carries a million more passengers every year than the SR-60 Freeway route
  • Highest number of new riders

The work of interested residents and businesses has been instrumental in moving forward the Washington Boulevard alternative. Together we can bring the Gold Line to Whittier – a gift for the community and generations to come.

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