The Los Angeles County Transit Agency votes to end the 710 freeway widening project and intends to create green and clean air plans

EAST LOS ANGELES (KABC) — On Thursday, the Los Angeles County Transit Agency voted to end a plan to widen a 19-mile stretch of the 710 freeway from East Los Angeles to Long Beach.

“I’m really excited about this because I’ve been working on it for the past few years. Almost a year ago I had a motion to do just that, to say I’ll find other alternatives and instead of building that and tearing down houses and expanding a highway that will only cause more pollution,” said Hilda Solis , head of LA County.

One of the cities that would be affected by the expansion project was the Merchant City.

“Yesterday was a great win for our community,” said Ivan Altamirano, a member of the Trade Council. “They’re not going to extend the 710 freeway, which should remove about 50 houses, and if we’re averaging five people per house, that’s quite a lot of people.”

The expansion project received no support from agencies such as the EPA. It was pointed out that widening it would lead to more air pollution. Instead, LA Metro has approved a motion looking at creating more green projects.

“I think we need to redirect that $750 million of Measure R, Measure M for this corridor to community-led and community-driven projects,” said LA County Superintendent Janice Hahn.

One of the freeway’s terminus points is in Long Beach.

“Long Beach is very supportive of the direction Metro is taking. We want to make sure we invest in green projects again,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.

Mayor Garcia said the city’s port is working on a rail-to-terminal project.

“A lot of trucks currently traveling on the freeway will end up on trains,” Mayor Garcia said.

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