The above photographs were taken earlier this month at the Purple Line Extension’s Wilshire/La Brea Station, where in the coming weeks two giant machines are set to begin tunneling their way east toward Wilshire/Western Station.
This is huge: there has been talk of a subway to the Westside for decades — and now tunneling will finally begin.
The photos below show the massive scale of the construction work, which is taking place largely out of public view below traffic on Wilshire Boulevard. To this point, the big work involves excavating stations at the three stations on section one of the project, Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire/La Cienega.
The Purple Line Extension is being constructed in three sections. The first two sections between Wilshire/Western and Century City are under construction with forecasted opening dates of 2023 and 2025, respectively. Early work on the the third section — to the Westwood/VA Hospital — is scheduled to begin in 2019 with an opening date of 2026.
Enjoy the pics and feel free to use them on your media site, blog or social media with the photo credit going to “LA Metro” — but no commercial use please. Full-res versions can also be downloaded from this gallery on our SmugMug site. The Purple Line Extension is funded by voter-approved Measure R and Measure M sales taxes as well as federal grants. The Purple Line Extension project home page also has a wealth of info.