Yesterday the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted unanimously to withdraw its support and funding for a 5-mile stretch that would've connected the 710 and 210 freeways.
The fight to finish the freeway went on for decades in the San Gabriel Valley, but the people in the neighborhoods their finally won.
It would've cost $3.2 billion to tunnel through El Sereno and South Pasadena. Instead the MTA voted to spend $700 million on a range of transportation fixes to fix congestion on the streets of Alhambra at the 710's abrupt end.
Jan Soohoo, a member of the No 710 Action Committee from La Cañada Flintridge, told the L.A. Times:
“To have a unanimous vote is a reflection of the mood in the boardroom. We’ve been fighting and fighting for years just to get seven votes."
They should've just built this thing.
Here's what Mayor Yoga Pants Eric Garcetti said about it:
"As a city and county, we’ve moved away from freeways. Voters don’t see freeways as meeting their transportation needs anymore.”
We don't want to be crammed into public transportation! Fixing traffic congestion doesn't mean adding roads and freeways, it means forcing people out of their cars. Measure M? That was a lie.
That's what Vision Zero is truly about.