LA Metro finalizes environmental review for Eastside Transit Corridor Project

LA Metro finalizes environmental review for Eastside Transit Corridor Project Image credit: LA Metro

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board has voted to approve certification of the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 Project. This action finalizes the environmental review for this two-phased project that will extend the Metro E Line nine miles further east from its current terminus at Atlantic Station in East Los Angeles to Lambert Station in the City of Whittier.

As part of Phase 1, which is scheduled to start by 2029, and according to the Initial Operating Segment (IOS), the line will extend from Pomona and Atlantic Boulevards to the City of Whittier via Washington Boulevard.

The Eastside Extension will include three new rail stations with the new Atlantic/Whittier and Commerce/Citadel stations underground and the Greenwood station at street level. A new Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) will also be added in the City of Montebello.

The IOS from East Los Angeles to Greenwood Station in Montebello will include three miles of light rail transit (LRT) underground, a half mile of aerial transit and 1.1 miles of track at street level for a total of 4.6 miles of new rail line.

Funds for the phase come from the Measure M transportation sales tax measure approved by voters in 2016. Measure M allocates $6 billion for this project in two funding cycles. Cycle 1 allocates $3 billion for the Washington Alternative beginning in 2029 and Cycle 2 allocates $3 billion for the second alternative beginning in 2053.

Source: LA Metro