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Opponents of the 710 Freeway extension offer new alternatives to the tunnel plan

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Glendale Mayor and Metro Board Member Ara Najarian at a press conference discussing their alternative plan for the 710 Freeway on May 28, 2015 at downtown's Union Station. Courtesy Salvador Ochoa

Opponents of the 710 Freeway extension presented alternatives to the $5.6 billion tunneling plan this week, proposing better public transportation, improving surface streets and increasing bicycle lanes.  

The 710 was created to get motorists more efficiently from Long Beach to Pasadena through the heart of Los Angeles County.  In 2013, officials narrowed options to five rail and roadway plans, one of which was a tunnel between Alhambra and South Pasadena. However, this week a community group submitted a new set of ideas, focused primarily on public transportation.

Is improved public transportation a better alternative to the tunnel plan? Which freeway plan are you in favor of?


Marina Khubesrian, M.D., vice chair of Beyond the 710, the coalition that proposed the 710 alternative. She is also a member of the South Pasadena City Council.

Steve Placido, D.D.S., Council member, City of Alhambra

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