In May, the Metropolitan Transit Authority voted to recommend to the California Department of Transportation a different alternative than building a tunnel to complete the 710 freeway. The unanimous vote essentially kills the 710 freeway project after a 60-year fight that divided the region. County Supervisors and local city leaders have begun in earnest to develop common interest projects that will meet local traffic issues, tapping into Measure R resources previously dedicated to the tunnel.
Senator Anthony Portantino is moving things right along, and met Governor Jerry Brown to deliver signatures in opposition to the 710 Freeway Tunnel.
“The demise of the 710 tunnel is a testament to grassroots activism in its finest form. I am so pleased to have seen MTA respond to these local efforts, first in stopping the threat of the tunnel, and now through the engagement of our local cities in moving into the future. Our region is certainly better served by this collaborative planning approach now that the tunnel threat is behind us,” concluded Portantino.
Read the press release here: Portantino Meets with Governor Brown Talks 710 Tunnel (Final)
Meanwhile, here’s what Barbara Messina has to say on the fate of her 710 pet project: Alhambra Source: The 710 Tunnel’s Fiercest Advocate Reckons with its Defeat.