Publication of a draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the L line extension to Whittier

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UPDATE, June 30: A long-awaited study – the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) – was released on Thursday, June 30 for the L (Gold) Line Extension, known as the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 (Draft).

The proposed project would extend the L line nine miles from East Los Angeles to Whittier, serving the cities of Commerce, Montebello, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier, and the unincorporated communities of East Los Angeles and of West Whittier-Los Nietos. The RIE project evaluates the alternatives proposed for the project, as well as their potential impacts and mitigation measures.

The report is available here for public comment and review.

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires the report to be recirculated when there is significant new information. A draft RIE was released in 2014 – but no decision was made at that time as further planning improvements were made. The draft EIR released today includes an updated environmental analysis and the latest advanced engineering design for the project.

At the end of the 60-day review and comment period, the Metro Board will select an alternative – known as a “Locally Preferred Alternative”, as required by state environmental law.

Metro is gathering public input over the next 60 days on RIE’s draft in a number of different ways – through online meetings, by mail, and by phone. Three in-person public hearings and one virtual public hearing will take place in July and August at the dates and times listed below. A court reporter will be present at each hearing. Note that comments and questions will not be answered during the hearings, but will be addressed in the final RIE, which is expected to be published in 2023. Comments can best be submitted by the following methods:

Website: metro.net/eastsidephase2

Online feedback form: metro.net/eastsidecomments

Mail: Ms. Jenny Cristales-Cevallos, Project Manager, Metro One Gateway Plaza, MS 99-22-7 Los Angeles, CA 90012

To help support the RIE project, an interactive online tool has been developed to help understand the project, view the RIE project and maps, and learn more about the proposed alternatives. Visit metro.net/eastside2022. Here are the details of the public hearings:

Public Audience #1: East Los Angeles

Thursday July 21, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Kaiser Permanente medical offices (northeast car park)

5119 Pomona Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90022

Public Hearing #2: Montebello

Saturday July 30, 2022, 10am-12pm

Applied Technology Center High School

1200 W Mines Av, Montebello, CA 90640

Public Hearing #3: Virtual

Thursday August 11, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Zoom link: tinyurl.com/3k8pms7f

Call number: 213.338.8477

Meeting ID: 814 9183 9547

Public Hearing #4: Whittier

Wednesday August 17, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Whittier Community Center (gym)

7630 Washington Ave, Whittier, CA 90602

*In-person public hearings are subject to change and may be held virtually based on evolving COVID-19 safety regulations. For the latest information, please visit metro.net/eastside2022. Simultaneous interpretation into Spanish will be provided. Video recordings will be made available on the project website.

ADA accommodations and translations are available by calling 323.466.3876 or the California Relay service at 711 at least 72 hours in advance. To learn more about the project, visit the project website or call the helpline at 213.922.6262.

Metro is committed to implementing a comprehensive outreach program that provides project stakeholders with the tools and resources to be educated and informed and provide valuable input at key milestones.

Prior to the publication of the DEIR, Metro carried out virtual community information sessions on Monday, June 27 and Wednesday, June 29, to share information with the public – including the proposed location of a rail yard for the project and information on the draft RIE. Visit the interactive online tool to view the information presented on metro.net/eastside2022

For complete project details, visit metro.net/eastsidephase2 or call the Project Helpline at 213.922.3012.

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