Proposed Light Rail Project




The City of Whittier invites you to an upcoming community meeting to hear the latest development on the Eastside Transit Corridor Phase 2 project and to complete a support letter for the Washington Boulevard alignment. The project seeks to extend the Metro Gold Line from its current Eastside terminus at Pomona Blvd. and Atlantic Blvd.

Summary
 
The Eastside Gold Line Phase II light rail project seeks to extend the Gold Line east from its current terminus at Pomona Boulevard and Atlantic Boulevard.  The Washington Boulevard Coalition supports the Atlantic Underground variation for the Washington Boulevard route to travel north-south from the Gold Line terminus to Washington Boulevard before service continues east along Washington Boulevard into Whittier.

This alignment avoids objections from Montebello to the use of north-south routes in their community, better satisfies the concerns of East Los Angeles residents, and serves both the Citadel shopping area and Casino in Commerce.  Needed Community input to Metro about the benefits of the Washington Boulevard light rail alignment is vitally important.

The City is hosting a letter-writing workshop at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Whittier Community Center for residents and businesses who would like additional assistance to complete comments to submit to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), and to provide further information to those who were unable to attend the February 2017 Metro workshop in Whittier. Comment cards will be available at this Community meeting and at other City facilities.

Please submit your comments either on the enclosed form or via email prior to April 10, 2017. City staff will submit them to Metro. Comments should be submitted to:

Gold Line, 13225 Walnut St., Whittier, CA 90602 or Goldline@cityofwhittier.org.

Let your voice be heard for this important project!

Please click on the links below for further information:

Washington Route Summary Report
Benefits of Washington Route with Comment Card
Support Washington Route Comment Card

Washington Route Brochure

The City of Whittier actively supports bringing light rail to Whittier and joins the cities of Santa Fe Springs, Pico Rivera, and Commerce in the Washington Blvd. Light Rail Transit Coalition. The Coalition wants to see light rail extended along Washington Blvd. to PIH Health hospital, Whittier’s largest employer, a goal that is supported by hundreds of residents and businesses along the route. The Gold Line light rail that now ends in East Los Angeles is planned to extend eastward and Metro is studying two alternative routes. The Washington Blvd. alternative would travel south from the current East Los Angeles terminus and then east along Washington Blvd. ending at PIH Health in Whittier. The SR-60 alternative would run parallel to the 60 freeway and end in South El Monte.  

In March 2016, Metro held a series of public meetings to discuss the two possible routes. The Metro website discusses the eastward extension and has the presentation from the public meetings at the link below:

http://www.metro.net/projects/eastside_phase 2/.

You are invited to send comments to Goldline@cityofwhittier.org or call Martin Browne, Community Services Manager, at (562) 567-9480. We’ll use your comments to urge Metro to extend the light rail into our community. Your support will show Metro that Whittier wants a light rail station in our community!