An aerial view of Century City from Google Maps. The red pins are at Santa Monica Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars (the pin on the left) and Santa Monica Boulevard and Century Park East -- two locations being evaluated for a potential subway station along Santa Monica Blvd. The blue pin marks the intersection of Constellation and Avenue of the Stars. Click for a larger image.
This is the third part in The Source’s new series called “Subway Facts & History” to address some of the issues generating discussion involving the Westside Subway Extension project. The facts below are based on information from Metro staff and consultants planning the project. The information, in various forms, has already been publicly released.
As planning continues for the Westside Subway Extension, one of the issues still to be resolved is where to put the Century City station.
Two basic locations are still on the table: along Santa Monica Boulevard or at the intersection of Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars. The latter would require subway tunnels to be routed under parts of the Beverly Hills High campus, which has generated opposition in Beverly Hills.
The following points are intended to help explain why the Constellation station location is being studied and some of the associated issues:
•As the county agency responsible for planning, financing and building the Westside Subway Extension project, Metro has the legal authority and legal obligation to study different options for subway stations and routes.
•Any major project, such as the subway, must conduct an environmental analysis resulting in an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that follows state guidelines. Projects such as the subway that plan to receive federal funds must also meet federal environmental analysis guidelines and produce an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
•The analysis and preparation of these reports is the process for how projects like these are planned. Decisions about the project are made at key milestones by the Metro Board of Directors, which oversees Metro.