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Schiff joins growing list of opponents to 710 tunnel proposal

September 21, 2012 |  8:35 am

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Opposition is growing to the proposed tunnel that would extend the Long Beach (710) Freeway.

On Thursday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) assailed the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for proposing such a tunnel and called for a halt to the ongoing study into the feasibility of the project.

In a letter, Schiff cited the ongoing environmental study for ignoring evidence that the project would be too expensive and too damaging to the area.

Schiff joins state Assemblymen Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake), Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) and state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) in publicly opposing Metro’s plans to build a tunnel to close the 710 Freeway gap.

Schiff urged Metro to shift to other congestion-relief alternatives, such as bus rapid transit and light-rail transit.

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Photo: The Long Beach Freeway ends just short of Pasadena. Credit: Raul Roa / Pasadena Sun

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