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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 11:02 am | Updated: 9:31 am, Fri Jan 25, 2013.

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Those who want to have a say in what should be studied in the Los Angeles Streetcar environmental impact report have until Feb. 11 to be heard.

On Jan. 23 the city held a pair of public meetings in the Caltrans Building to gather public comments for consideration in the project’s EIR, which the city council is expected to vote on in spring 2014.

Those who couldn’t attend the meetings can still submit their opinions about the range of issues that need to be studied in the EIR, including things like air quality, noise issues, construction impacts and traffic concerns.

Comments can be mailed to City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Attn: Jim Doty, 1149 S. Broadway, Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90015 or emailed at jim.doty@lacity.org.

A draft EIR is expected to be completed this summer.

The streetcar would run from L.A. Live to the Civic Center with spines on Broadway and Hill Street. Streetcar officials hope to open the project by 2016.

The EIR will also recommend a location for a vehicle maintenance and storage facility along the route. The city would use some of the project’s $125-million budget to purchase a property for the facility.

So far three locations, which are currently parking lots, are being considered; one at Fifth and Hill streets, another at 11th and Olive streets and one that stretches between Hill Street and Broadway south of Second Street.

©Los Angeles Downtown News.

 

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