Construction for the first section of the Purple Line Extension from Wilshire/Western to Wilshire/La Cienega continues to ramp up. Meanwhile, Metro is making progress on Section 2 that will extend the subway to Beverly Hills and Century City.
Metro completed some early field work in both communities last month, including ‘potholing’ that gave Metro more information about utilities laying below street level.
Metro also conducted geotechnical borings that yielded more information about soil conditions where the Century City/Constellation station will be built. This information will be used by design/build contractors who will be bidding on this phase of the project.
While Metro was able to keep streets open during this work, there were occasional lane closures. Metro thanks motorists and pedestrians for their patience during this work. In Century City, small work crews will occasionally be seen monitoring equipment installed below ground.
Beyond this work, Metro should be off the streets in Century City until 2016 when utility relocation work is expected to start. Construction of Section 2 is scheduled to be complete by 2026 with Section 1 opening in 2023. The Purple Line Extension is funded by Measure R — the half-cent sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008 — and with federal grants.
In 2035, a whole 20 years from now when I’m close to retirement, it finally reaches Westwood/UCLA and it STILL won’t go to Santa Monica!
Why can’t they do it from both sides to speed up things?
Metro could learn a lot from how the French and British dug a tunnel from both sides when they built the tunnel underneath the English Channel, meeting together so it’s built more quickly.
Mark my words people, after the dust settles, B.H. will end up with all kind of “gifts” from Metro for the right to tunnel under their beloved streets.
Henry Waxman is the guy on the far left (like the partisan stance he is) who had the nerve to be at the opening of the Purple Line extension groundbreaking ceremony when he was responsible in stalling it for decades
Are the BH lawsuits resolved? if I am alive and still able to get around in 2026,I look forward to riding the line to Century City to grab a bit to eat.
Google searches resulted in depressing news that the same backward minded politician who stalled the subway back then is now leading the Beverly Hills people to stall the subway construction there again.
He attended the groundbreaking for the project late last year and spoke approvingly of it.
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Doesn’t that mean he’s a typical politician then? LOL.
Again, politicians suck.
Geez, no one’s ever happy. At least it’s happening, people.
“Construction of Section 2 is scheduled to be complete by 2026 with Section 1 opening in 2023.”
Thanks a lot Henry Waxman! If this guy didn’t ban the construction of it way back in the mid-1980s, we would’ve had had the subway by now!
I’m glad he did ban construction. Have you see the route originally planned for the Red Line? It went north on Fairfax, then meandered all over the place on the way to the SFV (with slow, sharp curves), and with only one stop located in Hollywood.
The alternative route chosen, up Vermont and Hollywood Blvd is much more direct and serves more transit-dependent neighborhoods.
“Have you see the route originally planned for the Red Line?”
If you give us links or a scan of the original plan that would be great. Other than that, your statements are backed by nothing.
What a joke. We’lol be dead and buried before this thing gets built.
More like built “fast”…
Let’s get that subway built fast please.
I’m sure that my great-grandchildren will enjoy riding the Purple Line.