Caltrans and Metro are working together on the State Route 710 North Study to evaluate mobility and find traffic congestion solutions between the western San Gabriel Valley and the east/northeast area of Los Angeles. The study includes an evaluation of extending the 710 freeway from its southern terminus at Valley Boulevard in Alhambra to the Interstate 210 / State Route 134 interchange in Pasadena via a tunnel. It also includes evaluation of alternative improvements in this corridor including construction of light rail, bus rapid transit, arterial and traffic signal improvements, and a "no-build" alternative. The study is funded by Measure R, which was passed by two-thirds of Los Angeles County voters in 2008, mandating transportation upgrades throughout the County. The measure specifically allocates $750 million for the 710 North study.
Metro has a website devoted to the project where interested people can find more information.
Metro and Caltrans have released the Study’s draft environmental document. The document can be viewed on the following Caltrans website. Caltrans has extended the standard 45-day public review and comment period until August 5, 2015 to solicit input on the project.
The Burbank City Council will consider whether or not to submit a comment letter about the project's draft environmental documents on July 14, 2015.
On June 23, 2015, the Burbank City Council received a presentation from Metro about the State Route 710 North Project. A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here.
In 2009 the Burbank City Council received a report on the proposed State Route 710 North Project when Caltrans and Metro first began the environmental review process for the project alternatives now being considered in their draft environmental documents. The City Council did not take a position on the project at that time.