PASADENA ( — Public meetings are scheduled to start Wednesday night to discuss several proposals that would close the gap between the 710 Freeway in Alhambra and the 210 Freeway.

Metro officials will hold the first of three “All Communities Convening” corridor-wide open house meetings as part of the Alternative Analysis of the SR-710 environmental study to close the four-mile gap in the 710 freeway between Valley Boulevard in Alhambra and California Avenue in Pasadena.

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Some of the proposals include improving management of the flow of street traffic, adding more bus lanes or rail lines, building a tunnel, or taking no action at all.

Frank Quon, Metro’s executive officer for highway programs, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO officials are ready to hear proposals from the community.

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“These are all viable alternatives,” Quon said. “We are just starting the environmental process, it’s a multi-year process.”

In 2008, nearly 68 percent of Los Angeles County voters approved the Measure R half-cent sales tax increase to help fund $780 million for more than a dozen transit and highway projects and a long list of highway projects.

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The meeting begins tonight at 6 p.m. at Maranatha High School in Pasadena.