Below Wilshire, a subway station is being dug


The area where the partial skull of a mammoth or mastodon was found recently at the Wilshire/La Brea Station site.


Work at Wilshire/La Brea.


The excavation under under the Wilshire decking at Wilshire/La Brea.

Three pretty good new pics of the working taking place under Wilshire to excavate the future Wilshire/La Brea Station for the Purple Line Extension. The first segment of the project is under construction and will stretch the Purple Line subway from its current terminus at Wilshire/Western for 3.9 miles with new stations at Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega.

Here’s the project home page on The target date to have this phase of the subway in service is late 2023. The project is funded by Measure R and a federal grant. Federal funding is being secured for the second phase to Century City and the recently voter-approved Measure M will help accelerate the third phase to Westwood with a target opening date of 2024-26.


Tooth, tusk and partial skull found of ancient elephant relatives during Purple Line Extension work

Video: of ancient mammoth/mastodon bones

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    • Waxman had tunneling banned in his Hancock Park district 1986, not revoked until 2005; Riordan then handed over Metro to Eric Mann’s tiny Leninist BRU cult 1996-2006 so they spent on buses and attacked subway, with the consequence that traffic got worse; and then there’s BHHS’s videos of their students getting blown up
      fun times
      all of that meant that detailed planning for subways had to basically start from scratch in Los Angeles

  1. Advocates and stakeholders will build local support, which is key to securing federal funding. A presentation at a meeting of Southern California Transit Advocates by Jerard Wright of MoveLA encourages me economic logic can help us convince folks in DC regardless of ideology that we rate support. Fingers crossed as we enter an era of uncertainty.

  2. “In a wide-ranging conversation with the UK newspaper the Guardian in October 2015 Trump said; “We have to spend money on mass transit…We have to fix our airports, fix our roads also in addition to mass transit, but we have to spend a lot of money. China and these other countries, they have super-speed trains. We have nothing. This country has nothing. We are like the third world, but we will get it going and we will do it properly and, as I say, make America great again.” —

    • Umm yeah I wouldn’t read too much into Trumps comments there. He takes no interest in policy details and is letting his Vice President and appointees handle actual policy (the man says he won’t even receive a presidential daily briefing, because he’s “too smart”). And when we look at the types of people he’s appointing and his VP’s stances on things like public transit it’s not a very good picture, especially with GOP control of congress. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a new effort to eliminate public transits mandatory highway trust fund allocation (the GOP house attempted to do this back in 2011 but the idea was DOA in what was then a democratic senate, not to mention the Obama White House’s certain veto of such a measure).

      With the details released from the transition so far, it’s clear Trumps much hyped massive infrastructure investment plan is a massive dud to public transit advocates. With its main agenda being massive investment by private sources of revenue to find infrastructure projects; which is another way of saying it’s a privitization scheme. transportation infrastructure that is capable of making a profit is then the sole beneficiary.. public transit systems don’t make a profit, they do the opposite of that, relying on public assistance to provide the service, hence the “public” in public transportation.

      • Hey Matthew —

        All fair points. What remains to be seen is whether federal transit funding stays the same, shrinks or grows. Generally speaking over the last 20 years it has expanded. In particular, keep an eye on New Starts (Section 5309) funding — those are the federal grants used to build large transit projects. It’s just hard to predict which way that funding will go. It’s probably realistic not to expect it to grow much, but hopefully it will remain stable as there are now many cities with local funding in hand and just need federal funding to build some desired projects.

        Steve Hymon
        Editor, The Source

  3. 10 years for 3.9 miles is called SLOW WORK!!! Want funding? Increase bus service, eliminate some stops and money will come and traffic will be reduced.

    • @gary prieto huh????????? Did you even read what I said…. Do everyone a favor and delete and correct that comment of yours

    • We’ll need the federal grant for the third phase to come through but that’s the plan.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source