‘Eastside Access’ Projects Under Consideration in Unincorporated East LA
By EGP News
Unincorporated East Los Angeles residents who attended the East LA Safe Connections Festival on Saturday had the opportunity to learn about transit, pedestrian and bicycle improvement projects under consideration for streets located near Metro Gold Line Stations.
The Eastside Access projects, funded by voter-approved Measure R, span from Boyle Heights to unincorporated East LA. In July, EGP reported on the plans for the Pico/Aliso, Mariachi Plaza, Soto, and Indiana stations in Boyle Heights.
The projects objectives are to improve pedestrian and cyclist accessibility to these light rail stations in order to increase ridership.
“Pedestrian improvements are expected to extend within a 1/3 mile radius of the four Metro Gold Line stations, while bicycle improvements will be extended to a one mile radius,” according to a Metro statement. “The improvements will be constructed by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works and consist of creative and sustainable improvements to local streets, sidewalks, bicycle paths and areas surrounding the stations.”
Metro Planning Manager Laura Cornejo said it would be a month or two before the projects are narrowed down for the Indiana, Maravilla, East LA Civic Center, and Atlantic eastside Gold Line Stations. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2014 and end in 2017, she said.
Also, on Dec. 6, Metro will hold a community meeting on four plots of land proposed for development at Cesar Chavez & Soto, First & Lorena, Mariachi Plaza, and First and Soto. The meeting is from 6 to 7:30pm at the Boyle Heights Senior Center, 2839 E 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90022. For more information call Metro Community Relations at (213) 922-1208.
For more information visit http://www.metro.net/projects/eastside/goldline_eastside_access/
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