A California appeals court on Thursday upheld the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Purple Line Extension, which will extend the subway from its current terminus at Wilshire/Western to Westwood. In a ruling in April 2014, a Superior Court judge had also upheld the validity of the EIR.
The city of Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) had challenged the studies in state court. But a panel of judges for the Court of Appeal ruled that “substantial evidence” supports Metro’s decision to route the subway under part of the Beverly Hills High School campus to reach a station in the middle of Century City.
Metro officials said they were grateful for the ruling. A federal lawsuit by the city of Beverly Hills and the BHUSD challenging the project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is pending.
Here is the ruling:
The first section of the project between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega is under construction. The second section to downtown Beverly Hills and Century City is in the pre-construction phase and remains on schedule.