Westside Subway Extension flyover video!

Fun video by ExpoLineFan posted to YouTube this morning showing a flyover of the future Westside Subway Extension using Google Maps and animation.

Two cautionary notes: the alignment shown in the video is only a general description and is not completely accurate, particularly in the western Beverly Hills to Westwood section. Here is a link to a Metro document with maps that show the precise route the subway will take and a more general map is below.

The video is also a little overly enthusiastic and takes the line all the way to Santa Monica. The Westside Subway Extension is only funded at this time to the Westwood/VA Station.


15 thoughts on “Westside Subway Extension flyover video!

  1. Daniel w: Though it’s not a high ridership generator, the VA station is more ideal than Westwood/UCLA because there would be more room for the inevitable parking structure at the VA site. Also, it’s closer to Brentwood, though it’s still a bit of a hike (I would have liked to see the station on the north side of Wilshire so it’s closer to San Vicente in Brentwood).

    Lastly, this station would eventually be a transfer station to whatever transit line is going to be built on the Sepulveda Pass linking the Valley and the Westside. Whether it’s light rail or heavy rail or busway, no one knows yet, but the amount of open space in the VA property allows it to be built as a transfer station more feasibly there as opposed to the already-dense Westwood/UCLA stop.

  2. Great video!
    Thanks so much for the post.
    As far as I’m concerned, the subway west of the VA Hospital is not even in the consideration right now (sadly), but hopefully in the future – especially if the 30/10 plan materializes – the next phase will indeed go beyond the VA Hospital.
    Ideally, subway to Westwood / VA Hospital opens in 2022,
    and subway from Westwood / VA Hospital all the way to Santa Monica / 4th Street in 2030.

  3. Saw similar things in Copenhagen Denmark. Notice how its always the pedestrians that don’t wait for the light unlike the bikes in this video ?

  4. If the Flyover video was accurate, then the Purple Line would tunnel right under Marilyn Monroe’s crypt. Kinda ironic.

  5. I love that this is happening. I’m just sad that with the 18 year timeframe, I’ll be nearing retirement age when this is all done, and will have very little opportunity to use it for a commute. But to future residents of the city, it will be nothing short of miraculous.

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