Over the next several weeks parts of the Purple Line Extension tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will begin arriving at the Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles and Galveston. From the ports, the various parts will be loaded onto large trucks and takento a holding facility until the Wilshire/La Brea station is ready to receive them.
In the run-up to actual tunneling, Metro invites Los Angeles County residents to participate in this historic moment by casting their votes in the Purple Line Extension TBM Art and Naming contest. A group of five finalists for each contest has been chosen by local community leaders.
TBM Art Contest Finalists:
TBM Naming Contest Finalists:
Castor & Pollux
Elsie & Soyeon
Abeona & Adiona
Rosa & Milagros
Genesis & Nova
The polls will be open thru January 31, 2018. Cast your votes here!
The winning art and name will be displayed on the side of the huge TBMs during the Purple Line Extension unveiling ceremony that is anticipated to happen this spring.
The winners of the contest will also receive over $350 in prizes, a commemorative Metro TAP card with the winning art and names, a behind-the-scenes tour and more.
The Purple Line Extension will extend the subway from its current terminus at Wilshire/Western for nine miles to Westwood. The project is being constructed in three sections. The first, which is under construction, is 3.9 miles from Wilshire/Western to Wilshire/La Cienega with new stations at Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega. The first section is projected to open in late 2023.