There’s nothing dramatically new in the above presentation, which was used at a community meeting for the Purple Line Extension project on Thursday night. But, as usual, there are an array of graphics and photos that show some of the recent work on the first phase of the project, which will extend the Purple Line for 3.9 miles from Wilshire/Western to Wilshire/La Cienega.
Construction on the first section is expected to be done in 2023; two other sections will extend the subway to Westwood. The project is funded by Measure R and grants from the federal government.
Woo! Only 20 short years to go until full build out! Good thing Metro has a lot of other things opening sooner, because I’m going to be pretty old when this thing is done 🙁
Got someone to blame, blame former Congressman Henry Waxman (he’s a Democrat by the way, says a lot about the true nature of Democrats, huh?) who stalled the Subway to the Sea back in the 1980s due to “methane concerns” near the La Brea tar pits. If it weren’t for this guy, we would’ve had the subway to Santa Monica running by now.
Of course, then again, you have Beverly Hills residents complaining about it few miles to the west who are against the subway going underneath their precious high school. And of course, Henry Waxman is taking sides with Beverly Hills on that issue as well, again, addressing “concerns of safety.” Once a politician, always a politician.
You vote politicians blindly because they have a “D” behind their name, you pay the consequences. Next time, try researching who the candidate and what he really stands for before casting your ballot.
OK, but in Orange County we vote politicians blindly because they have a “R” behind their name and look at rail transit here! No Center Line. OC Register opposes the Santa Ana street car project. No rail in OC other than one Metrolink line and Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner.
Only 9 years left to go.
Cool! Are there any plans to attempt to attain more money to finish the project sooner?
I’m disappointed we haven’t heard more about the red/purple line extensions east to the Arts District, I know they were going to try to roll that into the Measure R/Purple Line Extension budget…