Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement released for Purple Line Extension’s second segment

The Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for section two of the Purple Line Extension has been released by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). This completes the additional environmental studies for the project required by court order. Design and pre-construction work has been taking place and will continue.

The SEIS covers the segment that will run between the future Wilshire/La Cienega Station, downtown Beverly Hills and Century City. The SEIS expands upon the extensive environmental analysis that was conducted for the full project between 2007 and 2012.

The report presents additional information on the Century City/Constellation station, seismic studies, public health, construction and other impacts for the planned subway alignment connecting the future Wilshire/Rodeo and Century City/Constellation stations, including tunneling beneath Beverly Hills High School.

The SEIS stems from a federal lawsuit brought by the Beverly Hills Unified School District and the city of Beverly Hills against the FTA, the agency that oversees federal funding for the project. In August 2016, a federal judge upheld the FTA’s approval of the Purple Line Extension but directed the FTA to conduct further environmental analysis for the portion of the project between the Wilshire/Rodeo and Century City/Constellation stations.

Section one of the project is currently under construction. It extends the subway from Wilshire/Western and will add new stations at Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega. Section three of the project will add stations at Wilshire/Westwood and the VA West Los Angeles.

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    • I don’t get why the Purple Line isn’t planned to go all the way to the ocean like in Her. I think there should be a vote because that scene in Her where he walks up into the beach was amazing. It has to be a subway, the Expo line doesn’t count. The whole Santa Monica bus system is kinda weird, LA Metro runs through the main parts and then you have this extra bus system, this would be another example of where bus systems should be run by one system. It should be Metro the county is the main agency and then the city systems should operate as departments within the city and share the exact same payment system. I kinda have the same issues with LADOT and Metro and I have with the SM buses and Metro.

      The more stuff like subway systems and bike lanes that go into places like Beverly Hills the sooner every gets together and starts thinking about public transit.

      • I do second that Purple should go all the way to the sea.

        However, The Big Blue Bus system is a well run connected system with links to all the Expo stops on westside. Putting it under Metro control would not improve anything.