I appreciated your article in the San Gabriel Valley section titled "1 City's Passion Is Another's Poison" on Oct. 15.
Using the figures in your article "Traffic Builds in Alhambra: So Does Anger," Alhambra City Manager Kevin Murphy quotes that Atlantic Boulevard has 27,000 vehicles per day, 1989. Without the freeway, by the year 2000 the number will be 73,000. With the freeway, the traffic on Atlantic Boulevard will be 49,000 cars per day, an 81% increase on an already crowded street. This, after the spending of possibly $1 billion for the 710.
Los Robles Avenue has 19,000 vehicles per day. Without the freeway, in 11 years it will be 56,000. With the freeway, the traffic on Los Robles will be 36,000 cars per day, an 89% increase on an already crowded street. Again, after the spending of possibly $1 billion.
My point is that after the spending of this $1 billion, we aren't any better off then we are today, we're worse. If the traffic is so bad today, then the figures Kevin Murphy gave only indicate how much worse it will get, either way. If we don't get people out of their cars, we are in bad shape. That is why we are pushing so hard for light rail and monorail. We recognize only a few care to save South Pasadena, fine. But everyone should be concerned with getting the most for our tax dollar and ending gridlock.