It’s a big day for the Westside Subway Extension project. Studies for the project have been underway since 2007 and today the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report for the nine-mile extension of the subway to Westwood is being released as required by state and federal law.
The FEIS/R explains why the project is needed, shows where it will go and details how it will be built. The report also includes the Metro staff recommendations for a final route, including the exact location of the Century City and Westwood/UCLA and Westwood/VA stations — which had not been previously finalized.
In Century City, the station is proposed for Constellation and Avenue of the Stars. The Westwood/UCLA stop would be at Wilshire and Westwood boulevards and the Westwood/VA stop on the south side of Wilshire in the parking lot of the VA Hospital. The Metro Board of Directors is scheduled to consider approving the study — including the alignment and station locations — at their April 26th meeting.
If the project is built in three phases under Metro’s long-range plan, the estimated completion date of the first phase to La Cienega Boulevard is the year 2020. If federal funding is expanded by Congress and the project can be accelerated, the estimated date for building the entire subway to Westwood would be 2022.
Metro is also holding community open house meetings to help explain the document to the public. More details are in the following news release and I’ll post more on the new report soon: