Friday April 10, 2009
A new meeting for the Koreatown – Mid-Wilshire – Wilshire Center area has been added on April 22. A complete listing of meetings is as follows:
The scoping meetings initiate the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIS/EIR) process that was authorized by the Metro Board of Directors last January. This project is slated to receive partial funding from Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters last November.
Two “Build” alternatives are moving forward for analysis in the Draft EIS/EIR: a Wilshire Subway (Alternative 1) that extends the Metro Purple Line via Wilshire Boulevard, and; a Wilshire/West Hollywood Subway (Alternative 11) that incorporates all of the Wilshire Subway and also includes a spur from the Metro Red Line in Hollywood via Santa Monica Boulevard. A “No Build” alternative and a “Transportation Systems Management” alternative are also being considered as a required part of the environmental review process.
In January 2009, the Metro Board approved the two Build alternatives for further environmental review and preliminary engineering. At the conclusion of this phase of evaluation for the project, the Metro Board of Directors will be asked to select a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA). Selection of an LPA precedes final environmental review, final engineering and construction.
Content presented at these meetings will be identical, so members of the public can attend on the day and location most convenient for them.
For additional information or questions, please visit the Westside Subway Extension Project web site at metro.net/westside or contact the project information line at 213.922.6934.
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