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March 17, 2010 > Mitigation Monitoring Committee for East-West Connector Project

Mitigation Monitoring Committee for East-West Connector Project

By Shavon Walker

Union City Council (and Fremont City Council) approved the formation of the Mitigation Monitoring Committee (MMC) for the East-West Connector (EWC) Project (Route 84, Option 2) during their March 9 meeting. The MMC was formed in order to monitor and report on the mitigation measures during the project's implementation of the project.

In 2006, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Union City, Fremont, Alameda County Transportation Authority (ACTA) and Caltrans to detail each agency's responsibilities for the EWC project. Union City agreed to support the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and to consider the construction of the EWC project, depending upon whether or not the EIR passed inspection and to take care of overriding problems or potentially significant impacts. On June 9, 2009, Union City accepted the EIR. On June 25, 2009, ACTA created the MMC.

The MMC will have six members - three Fremont residents and three Union City residents. Members will be appointed by their respective city councils. The Committee will then elect their own chair and vice chair (secretary) who will serve for one year. The MMC will monitor the implementation of the mitigation measures that were adopted in the Mitigation Monitoring Plan (MMP) or as conditions of the EWC Project's approval and will report the project's adherence to the ACTA board and Union City and Fremont city councils.

The MMC will meet quarterly and the public is welcome to attend. Project Development teams will give input to the MMP and implementation-status reports. The chair, or vice chair, will report to the ACTA Board at least every six months.

The East-West Connector will create an additional link between I-880 and Mission Boulevard by widening Decoto Road and Paseo Padre Parkway. Proponents argue that this project has many benefits. Among them are improved air quality from less traffic congestion, improved access to transit facilities and businesses in the corridor's vicinity, improved transit operations, greater use of non-motorized transport and better use of the public right-of-way in the historic corridor. The connector is sponsored by ACTA, Caltrans, Fremont, and Union City.

Formation of the Committee will not impact any city funds.

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