Metro statement on Purple Line Extension work in Century City

This photo show the demolition site looking east toward the Beverly Hills High School campus. Photo: LA Metro.

An aerial view of Century City and the Beverly Hills High campus. The construction staging area will be where the red marker is and the Century City station will be at bottom left at Avenue of the Stars and Constellation Boulevard. Credit: Google Maps.

In a story in the Beverly Hills Courier, Beverly Hills Unified School District officials have alleged that construction debris, noise and vibration from Purple Line Extension work have impacted the Beverly Hills High School campus.

As part of its work on the second segment of the Purple Line, Metro is in the process of demolishing two buildings on Century Park East to clear way for a construction staging yard in Century City.  

Metro’s response to the allegations: 

•The demolition work is taking place on Metro-owned and leased properties within the city of Los Angeles on Century Park East in Century City and began earlier this month — after the regular school session ended May 31.

•Metro has scheduled this work for the summer, when most students are not on campus. 

•Metro project staff have reported that there is no evidence that demolition materials landed on the school campus. 

•Metro’s construction work is within the safe vibration limits for the project as determined by the Federal Transit Administration. 

•Noise levels are in conformance with the city of Los Angeles’ municipal code for construction activities not located near residential properties. 

•In an April 28 letter to BHUSD, Metro requested access to install noise monitoring equipment and install temporary noise mitigation at the High School. On June 20, Metro received a signed Right of Entry agreement to install noise monitors on the campus.

•Metro plans on installing sound walls between the work site and the campus, as well as noise monitors before school resumes in mid-August.  

•Metro and BHUSD officials and their attorneys met back on May 15 to discuss the upcoming demolition work. At that time, the school district communicated that the portable classrooms near the demolition site would be empty during the summer school session and the buildings would act as a buffer between the work and the students on campus during summer school session.

9 replies

  1. One common complaint against transit is “I’m too old, it will never be done for me to ride it”. Or, implicitly, “I don’t care about people in the future”.

    The irony is that BHSD is supposed to be representing exactly those citizens of the future! High school students are right at the heart of the reason we should build transit. They will reap the benefits their whole working lives – getting more freedom in their live/work/commute, and receiving a generally improved economy in the region.

    I would be furious as a Beverly Hills resident in 2025 to drive on the 10 every day to work downtown if I found out my parents were the ones who killed a nice 20 minute subway ride alternative. Those students should feel very lucky their supposed representatives failed in their misguided efforts to kill transit.

  2. As long as Metro is working safely and legally, let them say what they want. (Nobody ever accused the Courier of being even-handed.)

  3. Thank you for clearing this up. Man… those at the courier will say just about anything to throw a wrench in this projects gears won’t they?

  4. Please don’t consider the Beverly Hills Courier as a legitimate news source. The owner has a one-sided agenda.

    It seems the BHUSD might be holding a grudge.

    • ^yes of course.. those inferior closet racist there are trying hard to make metro and everyone look bad every chance they get…

      • As a West OC resident who wishes that we had rail (I also grew up in Cincinnati where a fateful failure to proceed with its subway program in the 1920s was fateful to the city’s long-term development and quality of life), I support the Purple Line extension. I have business and recreational meetings in LA frequently and drive to Long Beach the go rail. Having made this clear, why do you claim that Beverly Hills is racist? In Chicago’s North Shore Cook County suburbs there has been concern about extension of the Yellow Line (a.k.a. Skokie Swift) near a school campus. I think that the concern is understandable, although probably not justified.