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Regional Connector Hearings Next Week

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, September 24, 2010, at 02:17PM
Regional Connector Map Metro

A system map with the Regional Connector in place shows the new Downtown stations that the project would create.

Metro this month released environmental documents for the Regional Connector, a project designed to connect all but one of Metro's light rail lines into a single system. Staff took the unusual step of recommending up front that the agency's board select the underground option despite its larger price tag.

They did so largely based on the community's vocal support for the option at community meetings and hearings that have been held on the project since 2007.

Those meetings continue next week, as Metro hosts the first in a pair of hearings to collect comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report.

An evening hearing will take place on Tuesday, September 28, from 6:30 to 8pm at the Japanese American National Museum (369 E. 1st). That will be followed on Monday, October 4, by a daytime hearing at the Police Administration Building's Deaton Auditorium (100 W. 1st). That session runs from 11:30am to 1pm.

The Tuesday hearing will also be webcast, and can be followed online at ustream.tv/channel/draft-eis-eir-public-hearing.

After the 45-day comment period, Metro's Board of Directors will vote on whether to take the staff recommendation and make the fully-underground option its "locally preferred alternative."

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