Presentation on the Purple Line Extension’s draft supplemental EIS

Above is a presentation (pdf here) on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement that was released in May for the Purple Line Extension’s second segment between the future Wilshire/La Cienega Station, downtown Beverly Hills and Century City.

Long story short: the report found that Metro correctly located the Century City Station and subway route between downtown Beverly Hills and Century City.

The report also presents additional information on the Century City station (to be located at Avenue of the Stars and Constellation Boulevard), seismic studies, public health, construction and other impacts for the planned subway alignment connecting the future Wilshire/Rodeo and Century City stations, including tunneling beneath Beverly Hills High School.

In August 2016, a federal judge ruled that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) must produce a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for this portion of Metro’s subway extension project. As the project sponsor, Metro participated fully in the preparation of this study, conducted additional analyses, reviewed new studies available since 2012 and updated some of the planned construction methodologies for the subway extension.

The project remains environmentally approved at the state and federal level and on schedule. Following the public comment period ending July 17, the FTA will prepare and publish a final report later this summer, including responses to public comments. At that point, the FTA may also choose to make changes to the project.

Written comments can be submitted by the July 17th deadline via email to or via US mail to Eric Geier, Metro, 1 Gateway Plaza, Mailstop 99-13-1, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

In January of this year, Metro received a Full Funding Grant Agreement committing federal matching funds for Section 2 of the subway. That same month the agency also awarded a contract to Tutor Perini/O & G to build this section. Major construction of Section 2 is expected to begin in Century City in 2018, with completion no later than 2026 per the agency’s agreement with the FTA. 

The first section of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project is now under construction and will extend the subway 3.9 miles west along Wilshire Boulevard from the line’s Wilshire/Western terminus. Three new subway stations at Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega will be built.  A third section will extend the subway from Century City to the Westwood/VA Hospital with an additional station at Wilshire and Westwood boulevards. 

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