New Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project construction video

Construction activities continue to progress on the Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project. As part of the Federal government’s Coronavirus Guidance for America, transportation infrastructure is considered an “Essential Critical Infrastructure.” Metro’s contractors are following safety precautions during the pandemic, including implementing social distancing when applicable and the use of masks and other PPE. Due to reduced traffic conditions during the “Safer at Home” Order, local jurisdictions are allowing the Agency to work through “peak hours” on a case by case basis. Over the last few months, Metro’s contractors have been able to relocate utilities, start tunneling, and expand the piling and decking work zone and work hours in Century City. Just last month, Metro was able to complete decking operations for its planned Purple (D Line) Extension subway station at Wilshire/Rodeo seven months ahead of schedule.

The above video on the Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project highlights some of the progress being made. Please note the majority of footage was filmed prior to the implementation of Safer at Home orders.

One of Metro’s priority projects, the Purple (D Line) Extension is a critically important rail project that will extend the D Line (Purple) subway for nine miles from its current terminus at Wilshire/Western Station to the Westwood/VA Hospital Station. The project is being built in three sections and will provide a high-capacity, high-speed and dependable alternative for commuters to travel between downtown Los Angeles, the Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood.

Section 1 is scheduled to open in 2023, Section 2 in 2025 and Section 3 in 2027. Sign up for more project updates at


2 replies

  1. How are you setting people on the train and are you still allowing people to eat on the train with 6-feet apart rules in place for safety for example are you allowing people to sit on top and bottom because of the pandemic

    • Hi Rachel;

      I think you may have us confused with Metrolink. Our trains only have one level of seating whereas the Metrolink trains have two levels. As for LA Metro buses and trains, we prohibit eating on board because of the mess it creates, which in turn could attract insects and other pests.

      Steve Hymon
      Editor, The Source