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Metro's Gold Line Plans to Head Further Eastward to More Cities

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Phase Two of Metro's Gold Line Eastside Transit Corridor project is poised to move ahead into the community meeting phase, as plans to add on rail service extending the line from East Los Angeles to cities further east are in motion.Now under construction, the Gold Line is reaching eastward from Downtown through Little Tokyo and along 1st street with a current terminus at 3rd and Atlantic. Metro aims to connect several "corridor" cities, Bell, Commerce, Downey, El Monte, Industry, Los Angeles, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, Whittier, and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, to the current Gold Line Eastside extension, and is prepping to hold seven meetings and open houses between now and the end of May to discuss "refining and reducing the number of alternatives that will advance for further study into the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (DEIS/DEIR)," according to a press release issued today.

Up for discussion:

The four build alternatives; SR-60, Beverly, Beverly/Whittier and Washington, will be refine and reduce by Metro staff based on the following criteria: cost, ridership, cost-effectiveness, economic development/land use, travel time savings and comparisons, reliability, community acceptability, environmental effects, sustainability factors, safety and security, and financial capability.
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Metro is eager to serve these 13 cities and communities in the 80-square-mile area in question because factors like population growth, number of commuters, and traffic congestion indicate linking them to LA's Gold Line would be beneficial.

Upcoming meetings:

City of Montebello
Wednesday, April 8, 6:30pm
City Hall, Council Chambers
1600 W. Beverly Blvd.
Montebello, CA 90640

City of South El Monte
Tuesday, April 14, 6:30pm
City Hall, Council Chambers
1415 S Santa Anita Av
South El Monte, CA 91733

City of Pico Rivera
Tuesday, April 14, 6pm
City Hall, Council Chambers
6615 Passons Blvd.
Pico Rivera CA, 90660

City of Monterey Park
Wednesday, April 15, 7pm
City Hall, Council Chambers
320 W Newmark Av
Monterey Park, CA 91754

City of Commerce
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30pm
City Hall, Council Chambers
2535 Commerce Wy
Commerce, CA 90040

City of Rosemead
Tuesday, April 28, 7pm
City Hall, Council Chambers
8838 E Valley Bl
Rosemead, CA 91770

City of Whittier
Tuesday, May 12, 6:30pm
City Hall, Council Chambers
13230 Penn St, 1st Floor
Whittier, CA 90602

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