With the turning of the calendar, we thought it would be a good time to provide an update on one of our key transit projects: the nine-mile extension of the Purple Line subway from the Wilshire/Western Station to Westwood.
There are also upcoming community meetings — see the schedule at the bottom of the post.
The project is being built in three sections. Construction is underway on the first section to Wilshire/La Cienega and will soon begin on the second section to downtown Beverly Hills and Century City. Below is the updated scheduled recently posted to the project’s home page on metro.net.
The plan is to have all three sections in operations before the LA 2028 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Metro is working on the $1.3-billion grant necessary for section three (the federal money will be paired with money from Measures R and M).
On the first section, substantial progress has been made across the project on the stations at Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega.
In November, Metro’s contractor Skanska-Traylor-Shea began laying the ground floor for the Wilshire/La Brea station, where the project’s tunnel boring machines will begin their journey in mid-2018.
Excavation of the Wilshire/Fairfax Station is expected to wrap up this fall. At Wilshire/La Cienega, the final part of the concrete decking was installed earlier this month. The decking allows traffic to continue to flow on Wilshire and La Cienega while excavation of the station continues below ground.
The work — with help from the cities of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles — was expected to take 15 weeks but finished five weeks early.
In total, more than 1,500 concrete panels now separate vehicular and pedestrian traffic from the excavation and construction on section one.
Section two of the project will run from Wilshire/La Cienega to Century City with a station in downtown Beverly Hills near Wilshire and Rodeo Drive.
On this section, the public can expect utility relocation from Southern California Edison, AT&T and LADWP and geotechnical boring work from Metro’s contractor Tutor Perini/O&G throughout January at the Wilshire/Rodeo and Century City/Constellation stations. Turn restrictions and lane reductions will be necessary to complete the work.
On Section 3, advance utility relocation is expected to begin in February for the future Wilshire/Westwood station and will continue for two years.
For more updates on the Purple Line Extension, please attend one of the upcoming Purple Line Extension community meetings.
Section 1 & 2 in Beverly Hills: La Cienega and Rodeo Station Monthly Update Meeting
Wednesday, January 10 at Beverly Hills City Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Section 1: Construction Community Meeting
Thursday, January 25 at the Petersen Automotive Museum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Section 2: Construction Community Meeting
Thursday, February 22 at Century Plaza Towers from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.