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Metro Eastside Light Rail Public Hearing Dates

Posted On: August 19, 2014

A 60-day public review and comment period is now in effect through 5pm on October 21. The environmental document is available for review at multiple locations along the proposed alignments. Public hearings in the cities of Montebello, Pico Rivera, South El Monte and Whittier, preceded by 30 minute open houses prior to each hearing, have been scheduled and advertised. For additional information on the public hearings and document viewing locations, and/or to submit written comments, please visit the project website at


The Gold Line light rail route that now ends in East Los Angeles is planned to extend eastward and Metro is nearing a decision on which of two routes it will follow. The Washington Boulevard alternative goes east along the 60 Freeway for a short distance to Garfield Avenue, then heads south to Washington Boulevard and continues east to Lambert Road at PIH Health, thereby linking Whittier with downtown LA.  The alternative SR 60 route will parallel the 60 Freeway until it ends at Peck Road in South El Monte.  The city councils of Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, Pico Rivera, and Commerce have adopted resolutions to support the Washington Boulevard route.   We have the opportunity to bring light rail to Whittier, a gift that will benefit our children and grandchildren!

  • The Washington Boulevard alternative is a better choice because of who it serves, the kind of service it provides, and the lower cost of operations.
  • The Washington Blvd route will carry over one million more riders than the SR 60 route and will serve the most riders—19,900 passengers daily.
  • The Washington Blvd route will cost about 25% less per user per hour.
  • The Washington Blvd route serves many employment centers and local neighborhoods while the SR 60 route parallels the freeway for its entire length.
  • The SR 60 route has major environmental problems, crossing a superfund site and the sensitive ecosystem of Whittier Narrows.
  • The Washington Blvd route, terminating at PIH Health near Five Points, offers the opportunity for future connection with Orange County.

Together we can make this dream a reality!  Metro is holding local public hearings as they deliberate about which route to select.  Comments are accepted now through October 21, 2014.  Email your support for the Washington Boulevard route to or attend one of these Metro hearings:

  • Saturday, September 27, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Pico Rivera Senior Center, 9200 Mines Avenue, Pico Rivera
  • Monday, September 29, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Quiet Cannon Banquet Center, 901 Via San Clemente, Montebello
  • Tuesday, September 30, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Uptown Whittier Senior Center, 13225 Walnut Street, Whittier
  • Wednesday, October 1, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at South El Monte Senior Center, 1556 Central Avenue, South El Monte

Please make your voice heard!  For more information, please visit