Metro Light Rail – Washington Boulevard Alternative
In the very near future, a major decision will be made that will impact the quality of life in the Whittier community for generations to come. The Gold Line light rail route that currently ends in East Los Angeles is planning to extend eastward. As you may have heard, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has two potential routes in mind and is nearing a decision on which of the two routes it will follow.
The first route—the Washington Boulevard alternative—would head south on Washington Boulevard and continue east to Lambert Road, bringing the light rail across the street from the main entrance of PIH Health Hospital - Whittier. The second route would follow the 60 Freeway until it ends at Peck Road in South El Monte.
PIH Health joins the City Councils of Whittier, Santa Fe Springs, Pico Rivera, and Commerce, as well as the Whittier Union High School District, Whittier City School District, East Whittier School District, Whittier College, and other area groups in strongly supporting the Washington Boulevard alternative.
To learn more about the Metro light rail extension, visit: http://www.metro.net/eastsidephase2.
Public opinion will be a significant factor in determining which route will be developed, and Metro is requesting feedback from the impacted communities. If you would like to share your views on how the Washington Boulevard extension could enhance your life, there are a few things you can do:
- Attend the public hearing on Tuesday, September 30, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at the Uptown Whittier Senior Center, 13225 Walnut Street in Whittier. You can make a public comment or simply participate as a vocal member of the audience (cheer for what you support!)
- Send an email before October 21 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Send a letter before October 21 to: Laura Cornejo, Project Manager, Metro, One Gateway Plaza, 99-22-02, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
- Sign a petition.
Thank you in advance for any steps you take to help bring the light rail to Whittier!