File #: 2022-0355   
Type: Motion / Motion Response Status: Passed
File created: 5/13/2022 In control: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
On agenda: 5/26/2022 Final action: 5/26/2022
Title: APPROVE Motion by Directors Hahn, Solis, Mitchell, and Dutra that: Given that the 710 Task Force will very soon be finalizing the project's Vision Statement, Guiding Principles, and Goals, the Chief Executive Officer shall report back on the Task Force's recommendations for these project directives in June 2022 for Board consideration and approval. Given the 710 Task Force's pending Vision Statement, Guiding Principles, and Goals, we, further direct that the 710 South Corridor Project shall be renamed, in consultation with the 710 Task Force and corridor stakeholders, in order to be more inclusive of the priorities and approaches that will be advanced in the future of this project, with attention to more than just the freeway, with a new name to be presented to the Board for consideration and approval in September 2022. Given that capacity expansion freeway widening will not get support from Caltrans or the U.S. EPA, we adopt as Board policy that capacity expansion freeway widening ...
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
Indexes: Air quality, Central Los Angeles subregion, Council Of Governments, East Los Angeles, Fernando Dutra, Gateway Cities Council of Governments, Hilda Solis, Holly J. Mitchell, I-710, Janice Hahn, Labor, Long Beach-East LA Corridor, Measure M, Measure R, Motion / Motion Response, Plan, Policy, Pollutants, Pollution, Port of Long Beach, Project, Safety, Senate Bill 743, Trucking, Vehicle miles of travel, Westside/Central Service Sector
MAY 18, 2022

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I-710 South Corridor Motion

The I-710 South Corridor is a 19-mile stretch of the I-710 Freeway, from East Los Angeles in the north to the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in the south. Connecting the ports with shipping and warehousing facilities in Southern California, this corridor is a goods movement corridor of national significance, as 40% of all waterborne or containerized imports into the United States come through the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which have become California's and America's loading docks. Metro has been studying ways to relieve congestion and improve safety along the I-710 South Corridor for more than two decades.

Of the 1.2 million people who live along the I-710 South Corridor, nearly 1 million, or 83 percent, identify as Black or Hispanic. These residents face some of the worst air quality anywhere in the country, as the corridor accounts for 20% of all particulate emissions in Southern California. The I-710 South is known as the "diesel death zone" owing to very high levels of diesel pollutants within a quarter-mile either side of the freeway. These high levels of pollutants have been linked to health challenges including decreased lung function, asthma, increased lung and heart disease symptoms, and chronic bronchitis in communities along the corridor, which also face long-standing disparities in health and access to healthcare.

In 2018, the Metro Board of Directors voted in favor of the I-710 South Corridor's Environmental Impact Report's recommended "Alternative 5C." That Board decision was contingent on Federal approval, in order to fully fund the project. In 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally opposed "Alternative 5C" on the grounds that any increase in vehicles and trucks along the corridor would increase particulate emissions in communities that are already heav...

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