The Purple Line Extension Transit Project is adding two more tunnel boring machines (TBMs) to its TBM family! The new additions will join Elsie and Soyeon, the TBMs digging Section 1 of the Purple Line Extension. The Section 2 TBMs will be responsible for the second leg of the tunneling journey, digging from Century City to Beverly Hills.
Metro is inviting Los Angeles County students from kindergarten through 12th grade to participate in an art and naming contest for the TBMs.
The contest is divided into two categories:
- Students from Kindergarten through 5th grade will compete to illustrate their ideal community that includes the Purple Line Extension.
- Students from 6th through 12th grade will compete to choose two names, one for each of the TBMs.
To participate in the art contest, students need only submit their drawings.
For the naming contest, students must submit a 200-word essay or a two-minute video.
Submissions for the TBM Art and Naming contest will be accepted from January 14 through March 15, 2019.
A selection committee of elected officials and community influencers will make their top selections. Once the committee weighs in, L.A. County residents will be invited to cast their vote in support of the art and naming contest winners.
The winning TBM artwork and names will be displayed on the side of the huge TBM machines during the unveiling ceremony, which is anticipated to happen Summer 2019. At that time Metro will recognize the students and award prizes to the winners.
The winners will also receive a special commemorative Metro TAP card with the winning names and art work and additional prizes.
Naming of the TBMs is a mining tradition that dates back to early times. Since the 14th Century, Saint Barbara has been the patron of miners, protecting them when they are working underground. This homage to saints evolved into the commemorative naming of tunneling machines with female names before the digging begins.
Visit metro.net/purple for detailed contest rules and submission information.
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 second section will add 2.56 miles of new rail from Beverly Hills to Century City and feature two new stations.