Below is the hearing notice for the public hearing before the Metro Board of Directors requested by the Beverly Hills City Council on the Westside Subway Extension’s route in Beverly Hills and Century City. The hearing will be 1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 17, at Metro headquarters adjacent to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and is open to the public. Those who can’t be there can also listen to the meeting on the phone by calling 213-922-6045.
Quick background: The Metro Board last week certified the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report for the Westside Subway Extension, thereby approving the overall study of the project. The Board also selected the route for the project’s first phase from Western Avenue to La Cienega Boulevard but deferred picking a route for the project’s second phase to Century City and the third phase to the Westwood/VA Hospital.
In order to avoid active earthquake fault zones along Santa Monica Boulevard, Metro’s planning staff have recommended a route that would travel 50 to 70 feet below part of the Beverly Hills High School campus to reach a station at Century City station at Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars, which is outside of the fault zones and also more centrally located in Century City. The city of Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Unified School District oppose a route that would tunnel under the campus.
The Board of Directors is not expected to take any action at the hearing. The Board could decide about this matter, and the rest of the Subway, as soon as their next regularly scheduled meeting which is on May 24th.