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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.