Some good news out of Washington DC: the Federal Transit Administration has approved $100 million in New Starts funding for the third section of the Purple Line Extension between Century City and the Westwood/VA Hospital.
Long story short: Metro received significant New Starts funding for the first two sections of the Purple Line project ($1.25 billion for section one and $1.187 billion for section two). The New Starts money is supplementing dollars from the Measure R and M sales taxes.
Metro has also applied for $1.3 billion in New Starts money for the third section. The $100 million is seen as a good indicator that the FTA will enter into a larger funding agreement for the third section, which is needed to complete the Purple Line to Westwood by 2026.
Attentive Source readers know that transit funding doesn’t grow on trees on the national level and there is only so much federal funding to go around. So this seems to be a pretty positive step for a project that will serve the Westside, the second-largest job center in L.A. County.
Section one and section two are both under construction and tunneling began last month on section one — see below.
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