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I-710 Corridor

I-710 Corridor Project:

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  • Improve air quality and public health
  • Improve mobility, congestion, and safety
  • Assess alternative, green technologies for “goods movement”

Project Description

  • 18-mile freeway expansion project from the Pomona Freeway (SR-60) to the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles
  • The study area encompasses 15 cities and unincorporated areas (3)  in Los Angeles County adjacent to the freeway corridor
  • Multi-billion dollar project

Project Participants

  • Metro
  • Gateway Cities Council of Governments
  • The California Department of Transportation
  • Port of Long Beach
  • Port of Los Angeles
  • Southern California Association of Governments
  • I-5 Joint Powers Authority

The Community Alternative 7 (CA7) is a holistic I-710 corridor improvement project that meets the needs of residents while accommodating projected truck traffic along the corridor. The CA7 was developed by members of the Coalition for Environmental Health and Justice (CEHAJ) as an alternative vision of how goods movement projects, like the I-710 Corridor Project, can protect community health, improve quality of life, improve air quality, and effectively and safely plan for the region’s goods movement growth.


  • No widening of the general-purpose lanes – More roads, means more traffic.
  • A comprehensive public transit element The potential to expand public transit could reduce individual car use, reducing congestion and increasing the quality of life for corridor communities.
  • Mandatory Zero-Emission Corridor (ZEC) – The highway expansion project will increase truck travel on the corridor.  Zeroemission technology is available and CA7 mandates the use of a zero-emission freight system.
  • Public Private Partnership (PPP) Operator of the ZEC – We need to create accountability and the assurance that zero-emission means zero-emission; the PPP’s can ensure this happens.
  • River Improvements This I-710 Corridor Project will have significant impacts on the Los Angeles River, CA7 insures river improvements along the 20-mile, such as green belt, open space and trail developments.
  • Comprehensive Pedestrian and Bicycle Element – Pedestrian and bicyclist safety needs to be prioritized, especially when trucks pass through community streets.
  • Community Benefits A project estimated to be over $6 billion dollars should offer benefits to the local residents.  We are asking for targeted hiring measures and training programs to benefit low-income residents of the impacted corridor communities.

Our health. The I-710 Freeway runs through 18 cities in the Los Angeles area and serves as a major goods movement corridor accommodating a high volume of truck travel. On any day, there are up to 260,000 cars and over 40,000 diesel trucks traveling on the I-710. The pollution from these vehicles adversely affects the health of the residents living along the corridor. In addition, our region is not in compliance with air quality standards for Particulate Matter 2.5, a dangerous air pollutant.

CEHAJ Statement Regarding EPA Statement on I-710 Corridor Expansion Project

Click here to read the full statement letter from CEHAJ in response to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) letter, mandating that Metro follow air quality laws, further study air quality impacts, and outline the steps Metro would need to take to mitigate them.

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Latest Project Updates

  • In 2001, CalTrans & Metro proposed to widen the 710 freeway from East LA to Long Beach for MORE trucks. The 710 project would include displacing people from homes/businesses, more DIESEL trucks and no benefits to community.
  • April 2021 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sends letter stating the 710 project causes A LOT of health impacts, and cannot move forward as it is currently being studied.
  • April 2021 State CalTrans publicly states that the current 710 project will NOT move forward with displacement and high air pollution.
  • May 2021 Metro Board approves motion to pause 710 project.
What Now? We want commitment to a 710 with no displacement, zero emissions, local jobs, and community benefits. Metro has created a structure to create a vision & priorities for people who use & live on/by the 710 freeway. The current 710 is harming our health, we need a 710 that prioritizes community health & safety.