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File #: 2022-0100   
Type: Project Status: Consent Calendar
File created: 2/15/2022 In control: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
On agenda: 5/26/2022 Final action: 5/26/2022
Title: CONSIDER: A. Alternative 1, the "No Build" alternative, as the new Locally Preferred Alternative for the I-710 South Corridor Project Final Environmental Document; and B. RECEIVING AND FILING overview of 710 Task Force and development of the I-710 South Corridor Investment Plan in place of the previous I-710 South Corridor Project.
Sponsors: Planning and Programming Committee
Indexes: Air quality, Alternatives Analysis study approved by the Board, Board approved Locally Preferred Alternative, California Environmental Quality Act, Cleaning, Community Transportation, Conformity, Environmental Impact Report, Environmental impact statements, Gateway Cities (Southeast LA County) Service Sector, Grant Aid, I-405, I-5, I-710, I-710 South Corridor, Interchanges, Long Beach, Multimodal, National Environmental Policy Act Of 1969, Near zero emissions, Plan, Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Program, Project, Quality of life, Record Of Decision, Southern California Highways, SR-60, Strategic planning, Sustainable transportation, Vehicle miles of travel, Zero Emissions, Zero-Emission Truck Collaborative
Attachments: 1. Presentation
Meeting_Body
PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE
MAY 18, 2022

Subject
SUBJECT: I-710 SOUTH CORRIDOR PROJECT

Action
ACTION: APPROVE RECOMMENDATIONS


Heading
RECOMMENDATION

Title
CONSIDER:

A. Alternative 1, the "No Build" alternative, as the new Locally Preferred Alternative for the I-710 South Corridor Project Final Environmental Document; and

B. RECEIVING AND FILING overview of 710 Task Force and development of the I-710 South Corridor Investment Plan in place of the previous I-710 South Corridor Project.

Issue
ISSUE
Staff has worked with Caltrans through a lengthy process to develop the I-710 South Corridor Project, resulting in three final project alternatives that were considered by the Metro Board for the I-710 South Corridor Project: Alternative 1 (the "No Build" alternative) and "Build" Alternatives 5C and 7. At the March 2018 meeting, the Board approved Alternative 5C as the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the project to advance in the environmental process. Three years later,EPA decided to require a hotspot analysis for the for LPA 5C due to their concerns over air quality conformity for the project.??This delay rendered the data supporting Alternative 5C-and the entire environmental document -stale and in need of re-validation.?Even if the EPA decided to support the environmental document and determine the project met air quality conformity standards in May 2021, staff would have had to re-validate most of the traffic, safety, and air quality data contained in the document before any component of the project-including the EAP projects-could progress.?The process to re-validate that environmental data to allow any of the component projects to proceed would take at least 18 months to complete.

At the May 2021 meeting the Board decided to suspend further work on the environmental clearance of the I-710 South Corridor Project LPA due to environmental, community impact and displacement concerns raised by local communities, Caltrans, ...

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