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Friday, November 20, 2009

MTA committee endorses hybrid proposal for 2 Freeway

We are playing catch up with this story. A committee of the Metropolitan Transit Authority on Wednesday voted in favor of what's called a "hybrid alternative" to improve traffic conditions where the 2 Freeway ends at Glendale Boulevard on the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake. Many Echo Park residents had pushed for another idea that would have created more park and public space, but the MTA said other transit agencies involved in the project could not get behind that proposal, according a previous story in The Eastsider.

The MTA's Planning and Programming Committee voted to, among other things, spend more money to complete a study of the hybrid proposal, which would realign some of the exit lanes Residents had complained that the hybrid alternative was proposed by MTA staff at the last minute after years of public meetings and studies. But a consultant working with the MTA said the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council had sent a letter supporting the hybrid alternative. The full MTA board is scheduled to vote on the matter Dec. 1o.

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