Home > Projects, Programs and Plans > Purple Line Extension

Purple Line Extension

  • Overview
  • Construction Notices
  • Background
  • FAQ
  • The Source

Great progress has been made in Metro’s plans to extend the Metro Purple Line to the West Los Angeles. After more than four years of planning, environmental analysis, technical studies, and community input, the Metro Board of Directors certified the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Final EIS/EIR) for the Purple Line Extension. 

Continuing from the current terminus of the Metro Purple Line at Wilshire/Western, the Purple Line Extension will extend westward for about nine miles with seven new stations. It will provide a high-capacity, high-speed, dependable alternative for those traveling to and from LA’s “second downtown,” including destinations such as Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills, Century City, and Westwood.

The Purple Line Extension is one of Metro’s priority projects and is slated to receive partial funding from Measure R, approved by voters in November 2008. These local funds will be used to seek federal “New Starts” matching funds. Currently, the project is scheduled to be built in three phases; however, Metro is working to pursue opportunities to accelerate construction of the subway through the America Fast Forward Initiative.

With the completion of the Final EIS/EIR, Los Angeles is closer than ever to making this long-awaited project a reality, connecting West Los Angeles to the region's growing rail transit network, and improving mobility for everyone who lives, works and plays throughout Los Angeles County.

Please look through our web site for information about what we have been studying, information we have shared with the public, how to follow the continuing planning work, and how to share your thoughts and questions with us.

More Information

Please go to Reports & Info to see Study information. If you have questions or want to be notified of upcoming meetings, please go to Contact Us.
You can also follow us on the web using:


Field Work Archive

Construction Notices

Get construction updates on Twitter

Start Date Notice Brief More Info

10/22/2014

Area: Wilshire between Orange and Sycamore

Night Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work on Wilshire between Orange and Sycamore beginning 8pm Wednesday, October 22 until 6am Thursday, October 23, and again on Sunday, October 26 from 8pm to 6am Monday morning to make room for the future Wilshire/La Brea Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire westbound reduced to one lane from Orange to Sycamore.

HTML
PDF

10/22/2014

Area: Wilshire/La Cienega

Fiber optic work will continue on Wilshire and Tower on Wednesday October 22nd thru Friday October 31st from 12:01am- 6am

Street and sidewalk restoration will occur on the following Sundays: November 2nd, 9th and 16th from 9am – 5:30pm

Metro contractors are working to make room for the Wilshire /La Cienega Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

Work consists of cable splicing, backfill, paving and striping.

One lane of traffic will remain open for eastbound traffic on Wilshire during the night time work. Lane closures will be in place for eastbound and westbound traffic during daytime work.

HTML
PDF

10/21/2014

Area: Wilshire and La Brea

Night Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work on La Brea and Wilshire beginning 8pm Tuesday, October 21 until 10am Wednesday, October 22, to make room for the future Wilshire/La Brea Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

This operation requires the following lane closures:
• La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from 6th street to Bank of America driveway
• Wilshire eastbound reduced to one lane from Detroit to Wilshire.
• No left turn onto La Brea southbound from Wilshire
• No left turn onto Wilshire westbound from La Brea

HTML
PDF

10/19/2014

Area: Wilshire and Fairfax

Fiber relocation work will resume on Wilshire, west of Fairfax from October 19 - October 24, 2014, from 8pm-6am. Metro contractors are working to make room for the future Wilshire/Fairfax Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

Work consists of excavation and backfill.

This work will be occurring in the street but at least one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during construction.

HTML
PDF

10/19/2014

Area: Wilshire between Sycamore and Mansfield

Night Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work on Wilshire eastbound between Sycamore and Mansfield beginning 8pm Sunday, October 19 and continuing nightly from 8pm to 6am until 6am Thursday, October 23, to make room for the future Wilshire/La Brea Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire eastbound reduced to one lane from Sycamore to Mansfield.
  • Orange southbound fully closed at Wilshire  

HTML
PDF

10/18/2014

Area: Wilshire and La Brea

Day and Night Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work on Wilshire and La Brea this Saturday, October 18 from 8am to 6pm and 6pm to 6am Sunday, October 19.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

Saturday 8am-6pm

  • La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from 6th Street to Wilshire.
  • La Brea northbound reduced to two lanes from 8th Street to Wilshire.
  • No left turn and right turn onto Eastbound/Westbound Wilshire from La Brea.
  • Wilshire westbound reduced to one lane from Orange to Detroit.

Saturday 6pm- Sunday 6am

  • Wilshire westbound reduced to two lanes from Mansfield to Sycamore.
  • Orange northbound partially closed.
  • No right-turn from Orange southbound onto Wilshire westbound.

HTML
PDF

10/12/2014

Area: Wilshire between Sycamore and Mansfield

Night Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work on Wilshire eastbound between Sycamore and Mansfield beginning 8pm Sunday, October 12 and continuing nightly from 8pm to 6am until 6am Friday, October 17, to make room for the future Wilshire/La Brea Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

HTML
PDF

10/08/2014

Area: Wilshire between Sycamore and Orange

Day Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work on Wilshire eastbound between Sycamore and Orange beginning Wednesday, October 8 thru Friday, October 10, from 9am to 3:30pm to make room for the future Wilshire/La Brea Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire eastbound reduced to two lanes from Sycamore to Orange.

HTML
PDF

10/06/2014

Area: Wilshire and La Brea

Night Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work nightly on Wilshire and La Brea beginning Monday, October 6 thru Thursday, October 9, from 8pm to 6am and Friday, October 10 from 10pm to 8am Saturday, October 11 to make room for the future Wilshire/La Brea Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension. Work consists of new electrical duct relocation improvements and water distribution advancements.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire reduced to two lanes from Cloverdale to La Brea.
  • No left-turn onto Detroit from Wilshire eastbound.
  • La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from 6th street to La Brea and no left-turn onto Wilshire eastbound.
  • La Brea northbound reduced to two lanes from 8th street to Wilshire.
  • No left-turn and right-turn onto Wilshire from La Brea.

HTML
PDF

10/06/2014

Area: Wilshire and Orange Grove

Utility relocation work will continue from
October 6 thru October 22, 2014 on Orange Grove south of Wilshire from 7am-4pm. Metro contractors are working to make room for the future Wilshire/Fairfax Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

Work consists of excavation.

This work will require Orange Grove to be fully closed at Wilshire.

HTML
PDF

10/04/2014

Area: Wilshire and La Brea

Night Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work on Wilshire and La Brea this Saturday, October 4 from 6pm to 6am Sunday, October 5.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire eastbound reduced to two lanes from Cloverdale to La Brea.
  • No left-turn onto Detroit from Wilshire eastbound.
  • La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from 6th to Wilshire
  • No left-turn onto Wilshire eastbound from La Brea.
  • La Brea northbound #3 lane and right-turn pocket closed from 8th street to Wilshire.

HTML
PDF

10/04/2014

Area: Wilshire and La Brea Intersection

Day Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work at the intersection of Wilshire and La Brea on Saturday, October 4 from 8am to 6pm. Work consists of paving.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire and La Brea Intersection closed
  • Wilshire reduced to one lane each direction.
  • Wilshire westbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto La Brea
  • Wilshire eastbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto La Brea
  • La Brea southbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto Wilshire
  • La Brea northbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto Wilshire.

HTML
PDF

09/29/2014

Area: Wilshire and Fairfax

Utility relocation work will continue from September 29 - October 31, 2014 on both sides of Wilshire between Fairfax Ave and San Diego Way Monday through Thursday from 8pm-6am and Friday from 10pm-8am. Metro contractors are working to make room for the future Wilshire/Fairfax Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

Work consists of pot holing, excavation, shoring, conduit relocation and steel plate removal.

This work will be occurring in the street but at least one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during construction.

HTML
PDF

09/29/2014

Area: Wilshire and La Brea

Night Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work nightly on Wilshire and La Brea beginning Monday, September 29 thru Thursday, October 2, from 8pm to 6am and Friday, October 3 from 10pm to 8am Saturday, October 4 to make room for the future Wilshire/La Brea Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension. Work consists of new electrical duct relocation improvements and water distribution advancements.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire westbound reduced to one lane from Sycamore to Detroit.
  • Wilshire eastbound #2 lane and left-turn pocket onto northbound Detroit closed
  • La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from 6th Street to La Brea.
  • No left-turn onto Wilshire eastbound from S La Brea.  
  • La Brea northbound #3 lane closed from 8th street to Wilshire.
  • No right-turn onto Wilshire eastbound from N La Brea.
  • No left-turn onto Wilshire westbound from La Brea.

HTML
PDF

09/28/2014

Area: Wilshire and La Cienega

Fiber optic work will be continuing on Wilshire and Tower on Sunday September 28 from 12:01am - 6am Monday morning.
 
Metro contractors are working to make room for the Wilshire /La Cienega Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

Work consists of cable pulling.

One lane of traffic will remain open for eastbound traffic on Wilshire during the night time work.

HTML
PDF

09/27/2014

Area: Wilshire and La Brea

Day and Night Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work on Wilshire and La Brea this Saturday, September 27 from 8am to 6pm and 6pm to 6am Sunday, September 28.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire eastbound reduced to one lane from Detroit to Orange. (8am to 6pm)
  • Sycamore northbound fully closed from Wilshire to Carling Way. (8am to 6pm)
  • La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from Wilshire to Bank of America driveway. (8am to 6pm)
  • Wilshire westbound reduced to one lane from Orange to Detroit (AM/PM Work hours).
  • La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from 6th to Wilshire (6pm to 6pm)
  • Wilshire eastbound #2 lane closed from Detroit to La Brea. (6pm to 6am)
  • La Brea northbound #3 lane and right-turn pocket closed from 8th street to Wilshire. (6pm to 6am)
  • No left-turn onto Wilshire westbound from La Brea. (6pm to 6am)

HTML
PDF

09/22/2014

Area: Wilshire and La Brea

Night Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work nightly on Wilshire and La Brea beginning Monday, September 22 thru Thursday, September 25, from 8pm to 6am and Friday, September 26 from 10pm to 8am Saturday, September 27 to make room for the future Wilshire/La Brea Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension. Work consists of new electrical duct relocation improvements and water distribution advancements.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire westbound reduced to one lane from Orange to Detroit. 
  • Wilshire eastbound #2 lane closed from Detroit to La Brea.
  • La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from Wilshire to Bank of America driveway.  
  • La Brea northbound #3 lane and right-turn pocket closed from 8th street to Wilshire. 
  • No left-turn onto Wilshire westbound from La Brea.

HTML
PDF

09/21/2014

Area: Wilshire and Tower

Metro contractors are working to make room for the Wilshire /La Cienega Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

Work consists of sidewalk restoration and cable pulling.

One lane of traffic will remain open for eastbound traffic on Wilshire during the night time work

HTML
PDF

09/19/2014

Area: Orange and Sycamore

Day Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work at Sycamore and Orange on Friday, September 19, Monday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 23 from 9am to 3:30pm. Work consists of potholing.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire eastbound reduced to two lanes from Sycamore to Orange
  • No left-turn onto Orange or Sycamore from westbound Wilshire
  • No right-turn onto Orange or Sycamore from eastbound Wilshire (9/19 only)

HTML
PDF

09/18/2014

Area: Wilshire and Fairfax

Utility relocation work will continue from September 19th-October 3rd, 2014 on Wilshire Blvd. between San Diego Way and Fairfax from 9am-3:30pm. Metro contractors are working to make room for the future Wilshire/Fairfax Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

Work consists of pot holing, excavation, asphalt removal and restoration.

This work will be occurring on the sidewalk and in the street. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction during construction.

HTML
PDF

09/15/2014

Area: Ogden Drive

Activities will resume at the exploratory shaft site on Ogden Drive Monday September 15, 2014 from 7:30am-4:00pm. There will be no lane closures or parking restrictions. Trucks will follow approved hauling routes.

HTML
PDF

09/15/2014

Area: Wilshire and La Brea

Night Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work at the intersection of Wilshire and La Brea beginning tonight, Monday, September 15 and continuing nightly-from 8pm to 6am-until 6am Thursday, September 18. Work consists of new electrical duct relocation improvements and water distribution advancements.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire and La Brea Intersection closed
  • Wilshire reduced to one lane each direction.
  • Wilshire westbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto La Brea
  • Wilshire eastbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto La Brea
  • La Brea southbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto Wilshire
  • La Brea northbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto Wilshire.

HTML
PDF

09/13/2014

Area: Wilshire/Fairfax

Utility relocation work will occur on Saturday
September 13th and Saturday September 27th, 2014 at the intersection of Wilshire and Fairfax from 8:00am-5:00pm. Metro contractors are working to make room for the future Wilshire/Fairfax Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

Work consists of pot holing, excavation & asphalt removal.

This work will be occurring in the street but at least one lane of traffic will be maintained in all directions during construction.

HTML
PDF

09/13/2014

Area: La Brea

Day Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work on La Brea this Saturday, September 13 from 8am to 5pm to make room for the future Wilshire/La Brea Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension. Work consists of LADWP cable pulling and asphalt paving.

This operation requires the following lane closures:
• La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from 6th Street to Bank of America driveway.

HTML
PDF

09/08/2014

Area: Wilshire near San Vicente and on Tower Drive Blvd

Fiber optic work will be occurring on September 8th,9th,10th,12th and 16th 2014 on Wilshire Blvd and Tower Drive from 8pm-11pm.

Metro contractors are working to make room for the Wilshire /La Cienega Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

Work consists of cable pulling and placing.

All lanes of traffic will remain open on Wilshire. Northbound lane will be partially restricted on Tower.

HTML
PDF

09/08/2014

Area: Wilshire and La Brea

Night Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work nightly on Wilshire and La Brea beginning tonight, Monday, September 8 thru Thursday, September 11, from 8pm to 6am and Friday, September 12 from 10pm to 8am Saturday, September 13 to make room for the future Wilshire/La Brea Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension. Work consists of new electrical duct relocation improvements and water distribution advancements.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire westbound reduced to one lane from Orange to Detroit.
  • Wilshire eastbound #2 lane closed from Detroit to La Brea.
  • Sycamore northbound fully closed from Wilshire to Carling Way.
  • La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from Wilshire to Bank of America driveway.
  • La Brea northbound #3 lane and right-turn pocket closed from 8th street to Wilshire.
  • No left-turn onto Wilshire westbound from La Brea.

HTML
PDF

09/06/2014

Area: East Segment

Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work on La Brea south of Wilshire on Saturday, September 6 from 7am to 8pm to make room for the future Wilshire/La Brea Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension. Work consists of new electrical duct relocation improvements.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  •  La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from 6th St until the Bank of America driveway entrance.

HTML
PDF

08/25/2014

Area: Wilshire/Fairfax

Utility relocation work will continue August 25th - September 12th, 2014 from 9am to 3:30pm on Wilshire Blvd and will include the alley west of Fairfax.

Metro contractors are working to make room for the future Wilshire/Fairfax Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

Work consists of pot holing, excavation, saw cutting, shoring, conduit relocation, back filling and restoration.

This work will be occurring in the street and on the sidewalk but at least one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction and pedestrian access will be maintained during construction.

HTML
PDF

08/25/2014

Area: Utility Relocation Work, La Brea Update

Day Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work on La Brea south of Wilshire on Monday, August 25 thru Wednesday, August 27 from 9am to 3:30pm and Saturday, August 30 from 8am to 5pm. Work consists of new electrical duct relocation improvements.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from 6th St until the Bank of America driveway entrance.

HTML
PDF

08/19/2014

Area: Wilshire/Fairfax & Wilshire/La Cienega

Fiber optic work will be occurring from August 19-21, 2014 on Wilshire Blvd. between Detroit St and Tower Drive from 8pm-6:30am. Metro contractors are working to make room for the future Wilshire/Fairfax and Wilshire /La Cienega Stations of the Metro Purple Line Extension. 

Work consists of cable pulling.

This work will be occurring in the street with one lane for east bound traffic being utilized on Wilshire. There will be no impact on west bound traffic. One lane for north bound traffic will be restricted on Tower Drive.

HTML
PDF

08/18/2014

Area: Wilshire and La Brea

Night Work: Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work at the intersection of Wilshire and La Brea for five weeks, Monday thru Thursday from 8pm to 6am, and Fridays from 10pm to 8am Saturday mornings, until 8am Saturday, September 20. Work consists of new electrical duct relocation improvements and water distribution advancements.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire and La Brea Intersection closed
  • Wilshire reduced to one lane each direction.
  • Wilshire westbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto La Brea
  • Wilshire eastbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto La Brea
  • La Brea southbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto Wilshire
  • La Brea northbound traffic will only be able to make a right onto Wilshire.

HTML
PDF

08/15/2014

Area: La Brea

Day Work: Metro contractors will be performing utility relocation work on La Brea south of Wilshire beginning Friday, August 15 from 9am to 3:30pm and Saturday, August 16 from 8am to 5pm and continuing daily from 9am to 3:30 Tuesday, August 19 thru Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23 from 8am to 5pm. Work consists of new electrical duct relocation improvements.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from Wilshire until the Bank of America driveway entrance.

HTML
PDF

08/11/2014

Area: Wilshire and La Brea Intersection

Night Work: Metro contractors will be performing utility relocation work at the intersection of Wilshire and La Brea beginning 8pm Monday, August 11 and continuing nightly from 8pm to 6am until 6am Friday, August 15 and 10pm Friday, August 15 to 8am Saturday, August 16. Work consists of new electrical duct relocation improvements and water distribution advancements.

HTML
PDF

08/11/2014

Area: Wilshire and Fairfax

Utility relocation work will continue from August 11-22, 2014 on Wilshire Blvd. between San Diego Way and Fairfax from 9am-3:30pm. Metro contractors are working to make room for the future Wilshire/Fairfax Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

Work consists of pot holing, excavation & asphalt removal.

This work will be occurring in the street but at least one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during construction.

HTML
PDF

08/06/2014

Area: Wilshire and Ogden

Night Work: Beginning 8pm Wednesday, August 6 and continuing nightly from 8pm to 6am until 6am Saturday, August 9, Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work on Wilshire at Ogden to make room for the future Wilshire/Fairfax Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension. Work consists of fiber optic installation.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire eastbound #1 lane (lane near median) closed east of Ogden.

HTML
PDF

08/04/2014

Area: Wilshire around La Brea

Night Work: Metro contractors will be performing utility relocation work on Wilshire beginning 8pm Monday, August 4 and continuing nightly from 8pm to 6am until 6am Friday, August 8 and 10pm Friday, August 8 to 8am Saturday, August 9. Work consists of new electrical duct relocation improvements and water distribution advancements.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire westbound reduced to one lane from Orange Dr to Detroit St.
  • Orange Dr fully closed 50ft north of Wilshire.
  • Detroit St fully closed 50ft north of Wilshire.
  • Sycamore Av closed 50ft north of Wilshire.

HTML
PDF

08/02/2014

Area: Utility Relocation Work, Wilshire and La Brea

Two Consecutive Saturdays: On Saturday, August 2 and Saturday, August 9 from 8am to 5pm, Metro contractors will be performing utility relocation work on Wilshire from Sycamore to La Brea and La Brea from 6th street to Wilshire. Work includes cable pulling.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire westbound reduced to one lane from Sycamore to La Brea
  • La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from 6th St to Wilshire.
  • Traffic Control Officers will be stationed at work location to assist with traffic.
  • Bus stop temporary relocated during scheduled work.

HTML
PDF

07/30/2014

Area: Utility Relocation Work, Wilshire and La Brea

Day Work: Metro contractors will be performing utility relocation work on Wednesday, July 30 and continuing daily from 9am to 3:30pm until 3:30pm Saturday, August 2 on eastbound Wilshire and southbound La Brea. Work consists of new electrical duct relocation improvements.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire eastbound #3 lane closed from Wilshire to Sycamore.
  • La Brea southbound #3 lane closed from Wilshire to 8th Street.
  • Bus temporary relocated during scheduled work hours.

HTML
PDF

07/28/2014

Area: Wilshire and La Brea

Night Work: Metro contractors will be performing utility relocation work beginning 8pm Monday, July 28 and continuing nightly from 8pm to 6am until 6am Friday, August 1 and 10pm Friday, August 1 until 8am Saturday, August 2. Work consists of new electrical duct relocation improvements and water distribution advancements.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Detroit fully closed 50ft north of Wilshire
  • Wilshire eastbound reduced to one lane from Detroit to La Brea
  • Wilshire eastbound no left-turn onto La Brea
  • La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from 6th Street to Wilshire
  • Orange fully closed 50ft north of Wilshire 

HTML
PDF

07/28/2014

Area: Utility Relocation Work, Wilshire and Fairfax

Utility relocation work will continue from July 28th - August 1st, 2014 on Fairfax Av north of Wilshire from 9am-3:30pm. Metro contractors are working to make room for the future Wilshire/Fairfax Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

Work consists of pot holing, excavation & asphalt removal.

This work will be occurring in the street but at least one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during construction.

HTML
PDF

07/23/2014

Area: Wilshire westbound from Orange to Sycamore

Metro contractors will be performing utility relocation work on Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24 and Sunday, July 27 thru Tuesday, July 29, nightly from 8pm to 6am on Wilshire westbound from Orange to Sycamore. Work consists of paving, backfilling and conduit tie-in.

HTML
PDF

07/22/2014

Area: La Brea, south of Carling Way

Beginning 9am Tuesday, July 22nd and continuing daily from 9am to 3:30pm until 3:30pm Thursday, July 24th, Metro contractors will be performing utility relocation work on La Brea, south of Carling Way. This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • La Brea southbound #3 lane closed from 6th St to Wilshire

HTML
PDF

07/20/2014

Area: Wilshire around La Brea

Beginning 8pm Sunday, July 20th and continuing nightly-from 8pm to 6am-until 6amThursday, July 24th and 10pm Friday, July 25th until 8am Saturday, July 26th, Metro contractors will be performing utility relocation work on Wilshire.
This operation requires the following closures:

  • Wilshire westbound reduced to one lane from Orange to Sycamore (7/20-7-22)
  • Wilshire westbound left turn onto Sycamore southbound (7/20-7-22)
  • Wilshire eastbound reduced to one lane from Detroit to La Brea (7/21-7/26)
  • La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from 6th St to Wilshire (7/21-7-26)
  • Wilshire eastbound left turn onto La Brea northbound (7/21-7/26)
  • Detroit fully closed 50ft north of Wilshire (7/21-7/26)
  • Orange fully closed 50ft north of Wilshire (7/21-7/26) Teaser text

HTML
PDF

07/19/2014

Area: Wilshire from Sycamore to La Brea and La Brea from 6th street to Wilshire

On Saturday, July 19th and Saturday, July 26th from 8am to 5pm, Metro contractors will be performing utility relocation work on Wilshire from Sycamore to La Brea and La Brea from 6th street to Wilshire. Work includes cable pulling. Traffic Control Officers will be stationed at work location to assist with traffic.

This operation requires the following lane closures:
• Wilshire westbound reduced to one lane from Sycamore to La Brea
• La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from 6th St to Wilshire.

HTML
PDF

07/19/2014

Area: Wilshire eastbound between La Brea and Sycamore

On Saturday, July 19th from 8am to 6pm, Metro contractors will be performing paving work on Wilshire eastbound between La Brea and Sycamore.
This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire eastbound reduced to one lane from La Brea to Sycamore.
  • This work will occur simultaneously as utility relocation work is happening on Wilshire westbound from Sycamore to La Brea. Wilshire westbound reduced to one lane in this area and La Brea southbound reduced to one lane from 6th St to Wilshire.

HTML
PDF

07/14/2014

Area: Utility Relocation Work, N Detroit and N Orange

Beginning 8pm Monday, July 14th and continuing nightly from 8pm to 6am-until 6am Thursday, July 17th and Friday, July 18th from 10pm to 8am Saturday, July 19th, Metro contractors will be performing water relocation work on Detroit and Orange. Work consists of water distribution advancements.

HTML
PDF

07/14/2014

Area: Utility Relocation Work, Wilshire and La Brea

Beginning 8pm Monday, July 14th and continuing nightly from 8pm to 6am-until 6am Thursday, July 17th and Friday, July 18th from 10pm to 8am Saturday, July 19th, Metro contractors will be performing utility relocation work on Wilshire and La Brea. Work consists of electrical duct relocation.

HTML
PDF

07/12/2014

Area: Wilshire from Sycamore to La Brea

Beginning Saturday, July 12th from 8am to 6pm, Metro contractors will be performing paving work on Wilshire from Sycamore to La Brea. Work includes asphalt restoration.

This operation requires the following lane closures:

  • Wilshire westbound 1,2 lanes closed from Sycamore to La Brea
  • Wilshire left-turn lane onto S La Brea 

HTML
PDF

07/09/2014

Area: Wilshire and Fairfax

Beginning July 9th through the end of July, 2014 from 9am-3:30pm, Metro contractors will be continuing utility relocation work on Fairfax Avenue between 8thand 6th Streets to make room for the future Wilshire/Fairfax Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension. Work consists of pot holing, excavation & asphalt removal. This work will be occurring in the street, but at least one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during construction.

HTML
PDF

06/30/2014

Area: Former Blockbuster and Metro Customer Service Center located at the northwest corner of Wilshire and La Brea

Beginning Monday, June 30th, and continuing daily 6:30am to 3pm, (except Sunday) for two weeks, Metro contractors will be performing abatement of non-recyclable construction material work at the former Blockbuster and Metro Customer Service Center located at the northwest corner of Wilshire and La Brea. Work consists of abatement of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) and lead-based paint (LBP).

HTML
PDF

06/24/2014

Area: Utility Relocation Work, Wilshire and La Brea

Beginning nightly, 8pm to 6am, (except Sunday nights) through August 2014, Metro contractors will be performing utility relocation work on Wilshire between La Brea and Mansfield St and at La Brea between Wilshire and 6th St to make room for the future Wilshire/La Brea Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension. Work consists of excavation, grinding, asphalt removal and plate installation, new pipe installation, and shoring installation.

HTML
PDF

06/24/2014

Area: Orange Grove Ave. south of Wilshire

Beginning June 24th, 7am to 3pm, (M-F) through July 2014, Metro contractors will be performing utility relocation work on Orange Grove Ave. south of Wilshire to make room for the future Wilshire/Fairfax Station of the Metro Purple Line Extension.

HTML
PDF

05/19/2014

Area: Constellation Boulevard Topographical Survey Work

As part of the advanced preliminary engineering work for Section 2 of the Purple Line Extension, Metro contractors will be performing topographical survey work along Constellation Blvd between Century Park East and Century Park West. This work will also take place on along Century Park East, Avenue of the Stars and Century Park West up to 150 feet north and south of Constellation Blvd.

HTML
PDF

05/18/2014

Area: Wilshire Bl & Tower Dr between Gale Dr and San Vicente Bl

As part of the advanced utility relocation activities for the Purple Line Extension, beginning Sunday, May 18th, Metro contractors will be rearranging existing underground utilities to make room for the future La Cienega Subway station.

HTML
PDF

05/04/2014

Area: Wilshire/Fairfax Fiber Optic Work

As part of the advanced utility relocation activities for the Purple Line Extension, Metro contractors will be performing improvements to existing utilities to make room for the Metro Purple Line Extension.

Day and night work continues near Wilshire/La Brea and Wilshire/Fairfax.

HTML
PDF

03/31/2014

Area: Wilshire/Fairfax Area east of S. Ogden Dr. & west of Fairfax

As part of the advanced utility relocation activities for the Purple Line Extension, Metro contractors will be performing improvements to existing utilities to make room for the Metro Purple Line Extension.

Day work continues west of Fairfax, on Wilshire from 9am-3:30pm Monday through Friday and 8AM-6PM Saturday.  Work will occur in the middle lanes with 2 lanes remaining on both eastbound and westbound Wilshire.  Parking will be prohibited during this time from Fairfax to just east of Crescent Heights.

Night work will start Sunday, March 16th east of Ogden, on Wilshire, from 8pm-6am Sunday-Thursday.  Eastbound Wilshire will be reduced to one lane from just west of Fairfax to east of Ogden. 

HTML
PDF


Metro Approves Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Final EIS/EIR)

Metro has approved the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Final EIS/EIR) for the 9-mile extension of the Metro Rail Purple Line subway.  Beginning at the current Wilshire/Western station, it is planned that the project will add seven new stations:

  • Wilshire/La Brea
  • Wilshire/Fairfax
  • Wilshire/La Cienega
  • Wilshire/Rodeo
  • Century City
  • Westwood/UCLA
  • Westwood/Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital

Background

Over the past 30 years,  tremendous population growth, employment growth, worsening congestion, changing land use and traffic patterns, as well as Metro’s growing challenge to meet transit demands, have all led to the need to improve mobility on the West Los Angeles.

In fall 2007, Metro began an Alternatives Analysis Study (AA) for the Purple Line Extension Transit Corridor. Over a year-and-a-half, the AA considered whether transit improvement was needed in the area and evaluated different types of transit improvements and alignments. The AA concluded in January 2009 when the Metro Board of Directors decided to move forward with the Draft Environmental Impact Study/Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIS/EIR), which analyzed five subway alternatives.

The Draft EIS/EIR began in Spring 2009 to assess the impacts of alternatives both during construction and once the system is operating, and to look at possible mitigation measures.  Issues addressed as the alternatives were refined included decisions about station locations and ultimate alignments. The Draft EIS/EIR process concluded in October 2010 with Metro’s staff recommendation for a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) to enter into the Final EIS/EIR process.

In Fall 2010, Metro authorized the preparation of the Final Environment Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Final EIS/EIR) to refine the Board-selected LPA, alignment, station and entrance locations, ridership data, costs; mitigation measures and responses to comments on the Draft EIS/EIR document.  The Final EIS/EIR was released in March 2012 for public review.  In April 2012, the Metro Board of Directors certified the Final EIS/EIR and approved the first phase of the project extending it to La Cienega.  In May 2012, the Metro Board approved the second and third phases of the subway extending it to the Westwood/VA Hospital. 

Metro and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) are partnering to meet the requirements of both the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in the environmental assessment of the Purple Line Extension project.

Project Schedule

Release of Final EIS/EIR for public review & Public Open Houses March 2012
Metro Board Approval & Certification of Final EIS/EIR April & May 2012
Secure Record of Decision (ROD) and request federal “New Starts” funding Spring 2012*
Secure federal funding, complete engineering, prepare bid documents, award construction contracts, begin pre‐construction activities (surveys, utility relocation, etc.), and complete Final Design. 2012/2013*
Begin construction 2013*

*Anticipated future dates

More Information

Please go to Reports & Info to see Study information. If you have questions or want to be notified of upcoming meetings, please go to Contact Us.
You can also follow us on the web using:


Frequently Asked Questions (Updated October 2013)

Printer Friendly Version

Metro is preparing to break ground on the first section of the long-awaited westbound extension of the Purple Line subway. The full nine-mile project will bring fast, reliable mass transit to some of LA’s busiest destinations including Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood. 

This set of “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) provides an overview of the project including the work that will occur to prepare for construction and during construction. The FAQs will continue to be updated as the project proceeds. 

Subjects discussed in these FAQs include:

  • Project Overview
  • Cost & Funding
  • Ridership & Travel Time
  • Stations
  • Before Construction Begins
  • Construction, Impacts & Mitigations
  • Safety
  • Miscellaneous
  • Public Involvement

Project Overview

1. What is the approved Purple Line Extension project?
The approved project will extend the Metro Purple Line subway nine miles west from the current terminus at Wilshire/Western and add seven new stations.  Construction for the first section of the project is due to begin in 2014 and be completed in 2023.  It will add stations at Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax, Wilshire/La Cienega.  The full project includes additional stations at Wilshire/Rodeo, Century City, Westwood/UCLA, and the Westwood/VA Hospital.  Please refer to question 4 for more information on each of the sections and their timing.

2. Has the project been fully approved?
In April and May 2012, the Metro Board of Directors approved the project and certified its Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report (FEIS/FEIR).  The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) then issued a Record of Decisionfor the project signifying the end of the federal environmental review process.  These combined actions signify the conclusion of all environmental reviews and approvals required for the project to proceed.

Approved Purple Line Extension Project
Approved Project

3. What was the process that led to these approvals?
Extensive and thorough planning, analysis and environmental review for the Purple Line Extension occurred from 2007 to 2012 in accordance with both state and federal environmental analysis guidelines.  This incorporated in-depth analysis of the project evaluating numerous alternatives, and extensive community outreach.  This work is thoroughly documented in the Alternatives Analysis (AA) Study, Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIS/EIR) and Final EIS/EIR.  The Metro Board of Directors was provided with regular updates and made decisions at key milestones throughout this process.

Key Dates 

  • Fall 2007:  Metro begins Alternatives Analysis (AA) 
  • January 2009:  Metro Board of Directors approves the AA Study and directs staff to further evaluate various heavy-rail subway alignments in the Draft EIS/EIR.   
  • October 2010:  Metro Board of Directors approves the Draft EIS/EIR and selects the “Locally Preferred Alternative” (LPA) for further analysis in the Final EIS/EIR.   
  • April 2012:  Metro Board of Directors certifies the Final EIS/EIR and approves the route and stations locations for the first section of the project to Wilshire/La Cienega.   
  • May 2012:  Metro Board of Directors approves the route and station locations for the remaining portion of the project to the terminus at Westwood/VA Hospital. 
  • August 2012:  The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issues a Record of Decision for the project. 

    Please click on “Reports and Info” on the right hand side of the screen to view information that was produced as a part of these studies including reports to the Metro Board of Directors, additional technical reports, fact sheets, and meeting presentations. 
  • What is included in each of the sections of the Purple Line Extension and when will they be completed?
    Current funding streams allow the project to be built in three phases, or sections, with the initial phase to Wilshire/La Cienega planned to open in 2023.  Under this three-phase scenario, the total project is forecast to cost $6.3 billion based on the schedule shown in the chart below

 

Planned Schedule

Forecasted Schedule

 

Section 1

Section 2

Section 3

Length

3.9 Miles

2.6 Miles

2.9 Miles

New Stations

Wilshire/La Brea
Wilshire/Fairfax
Wilshire/La Cienega

Wilshire/Rodeo
Century City

Westwood/UCLA
Westwood/VA Hospital

Pre-Construction Activities

Current-2014

2017-2018

2025-2027

Construction

2014-2023

2019-2026

2027-2035

Operations

2023

2026

2035

Metro is pursuing alternate funding scenarios that would accelerate subway construction. This chart will be updated as new information becomes available.

4. Will the lawsuits filed by the City of Beverly Hills and the Beverly Hills Unified School District impact the schedule for completion of the subway?

Metro does not anticipate that the current lawsuits will have any effect on the schedule for Section 1 of the Purple Line Extension or the subsequent sections.

5. Is Metro able to do any work in sections two or three of the Purple Line Extension to prepare for eventual construction in those areas?
In January 2013, the Metro Board of Directors authorized that work continue to complete Advance Preliminary Engineering for Section 2 that extends the subway farther west from La Cienega to Century City.  This is intended to allow for continuity of key engineering staff needed to complete solicitation packages to select a Design/Build contractor for that portion of the Purple Line Extension when funding becomes available.

6. Does the “Measure R Project Finance Acceleration Plan” that was recently adopted by the Metro Board of Directors allow Sections 2 or 3 of the Purple Line Extension to be built any sooner than the schedule shown in Question 4?
Measure R provides funding to various projects throughout the County over 30 years.  Metro is continuing to pursue a variety of strategies that would accelerate the completion of projects funded in the second and third decades of Measure R including Sections 2 and 3 of the Purple Line Extension.  The Acceleration Plan approved by the Metro Board of Directors in June 2013 is intended to keep these projects ready to move forward should funding become available.  At this point, it does not however change the current schedule for completion of Sections 2 and 3 of the subway.  Nor does it change the schedule of when Metro would begin pre-construction activities, including utility relocation or appraisals and acquisition of properties for those sections of the subway.  See question 10 for more information on Measure R.

Cost & Funding

7. What will the project cost and how is it funded?
The total project is forecast to cost $6.3 billion based on the three-phase scenario and schedule shown in the chart in Question 4.  About three-fourths of those funds are generated locally from Measure R, the half-cent sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008.  Metro is seeking the remainder in federal matching funds through the New Starts Program.  Metro is pursuing alternate funding scenarios that would accelerate subway construction possibly allowing the entire nine-mile project to be built at a reduced cost and opened sooner.

8. What is the status of the federal funding for the Purple Line Extension?
Metro anticipates that a Full Funding Grant Agreement for the first section of the subway will be executed with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in early 2014.  With the local funds provided by Measure R, this should provide sufficient funds to begin construction of Section 1 of the extension.

9. What is Measure R?
Measure R is the half-cent sales tax that was approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008.  The funds are being collected over 30 years for transportation purposes including several new transit and highway projects around the County, as well as bus and rail operations.  Measure R also provides funding to cities in Los Angeles County for transportation purposes. 

The Purple Line Extension is one of the transit projects specifically included in Measure R.  The 30-year Measure R funding schedule for this project allows it to be built in three phases according to the schedule shown in Question 4.

Ridership & Travel Time

10. How many people will ride the Purple Line Extension?
Based on the analysis conducted during the Final EIS/EIR, the Purple Line Extension to the Westwood/VA Hospital station will generate about 49,300 daily weekday boardings at the seven new stations.  Using a different measure, there will be about 78,000 new daily trips on the full Metro Rail System as a result of opening this line.

11. How often will the trains run?
During peak periods, trains are expected to run every four minutes.  During off-peak periods, they are expected to run every 10 minutes.

12. How long will it take to travel West Los Angeles on the subway from various destinations around LA County?
It is projected to take about 25 minutes to travel between downtown Los Angeles and Westwood on the subway.  See the chart below for travel times from other areas around the County.

Travel Times Updated-02

Travel between Westwood and downtown Los Angeles will take 25 minutes when the Purple Line Extension is complete.  This chart also shows travel times between Westwood and other areas of Los Angeles County.

Stations

13. Where will the stations and station entrances be located?
The full nine-mile extension of the Purple Line includes seven new stations.  Each is shown below along with the entrance location(s).  Metro will fund one “full” entrance at six of the seven stations.  Metro will fund two “full” entrances at the Westwood/UCLA station due to the high number of boardings anticipated there.  A “full” entrance contains two escalators, two elevators and stairs.

Station

Approved Metro-Funded Entrance Location(s)

Wilshire/La Brea

Northwest corner of Wilshire/La Brea

Wilshire/Fairfax

Southeast corner of Wilshire/Orange Grove

Wilshire/La Cienega

Northeast corner of Wilshire/La Cienega

Wilshire/Rodeo

Southwest corner of Wilshire/Reeves

Century City

Preferred location at northeast corner of Constellation/Avenue of Stars;
Alternate location at southwest corner of Constellation/Avenue of Stars.

Westwood/UCLA

One entrance on UCLA Lot 36 near northwest corner of Wilshire/Gayley; and,
One “split” entrance on northwest and southwest corners of Wilshire/ Westwood Blvd.

Westwood/VA Hospital

Southeast corner Wilshire/Bonsall

14. Could there be additional entrances added to the stations?  How could that happen?
All of the stations are being designed to provide for additional entrances either at the time of initial construction or at a later date.  New entrances could be included if additional funding can be secured.  At two locations so far, adjacent property owners have expressed interest in working with Metro to provide and fund additional entrances.  They are:

Wilshire/Fairfax: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has indicated an interest in providing a station entrance on the north side of Wilshire Boulevard directly across from the one planned for the northeast corner of Wilshire and Orange Grove. 

Century City
:  In the event that a primary station entrance on the northeast corner of Constellation/Avenue of the Stars is not deemed feasible because of changes in conditions to that property as it is developed, an alternate site has been identified on the southwest corner on the Century Plaza Hotel property.  The Century Plaza Hotel has committed in their development agreement with the City of Los Angeles to work with Metro for a possible subway entrance on their property if necessary. Westfield has also indicated an interest in providing a station entrance with a direct connection to their Century City Shopping Center. 

Conversations with these entities are ongoing and it is still too early to say whether or not the additional entrances will be able to be built.

15. How big are the stations?
Each station is essentially like a multi-story underground building on its side.  The station “boxes” are approximately 800-1,000 feet long and 70 feet wide.  Every station will incorporate a lower-level platform that is 450 feet long where passengers will board the train, and an upper-level concourse for ticketing.  Other space is needed to accommodate various station equipment rooms for power, ventilation, and communications.  Station boxes are longer where cross-over tracks are required.  See our Station Fact Sheet and our Construction Fact Sheet for more information.

16. What will the stations look like?
Metro’s new stations will be designed and built based on the latest knowledge about building transit systems around the world, and from recent local experience.  Metro is working to design stations that are user-friendly, easily recognized as part of the Metro system, efficient, durable, have world-class architectural quality, and perform well.  The mission and goals of this effort are to:

  • Improve the convenience of Metro’s rail system through station designs that are more “user-friendly;”
  • Improve the maintainability of the stations by employing a “toolkit” of more standardized design elements and materials; and,
  • “Raise the bar” of station design to keep pace with other world-class systems.

17. Will there be art at the stations?
Metro commissions artists to create engaging and thought-provoking artworks to make the transit journey more inviting and pleasurable. Public art is incorporated into all Metro stations, weaving a multi-layered tapestry that mirrors Los Angeles County’s rich contemporary and popular cultures. As station design advances, Metro will identify artwork locations and orchestrate artist selection. Artists are selected through a peer review process, with community input. All artworks are created especially for their transit-related sites.

The goal of the art program is to:

  •  
    • Provide a world class art program that enriches the Metro transit environment;
    • Transform and enhance the customer’s journey;
    • Strengthen Metro’s ties with the communities it serves and add to their artistic vibrancy;
    • Champion contemporary artworks by established and emerging artists created specifically for these transit sites; and,
    • Create artworks that are safe, durable and easily maintainable to ensure their permanence as cultural landmarks.

Before Construction Begins

18. What are the next steps in the process before construction begins?
Construction for the first section of the project is scheduled to begin in 2014.  Until then, various pre-construction activities will occur.  These include:

  • Seek Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA):  Metro is seeking federal matching funds through the Federal New Starts Program.
  • Securing construction contractors: Metro has prepared and released bid packages for construction contracting.  The contractor will be selected by a competitive bid process. 
  • Develop location-specific construction mitigations: Metro is working with the cities of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, and the community to develop the details of construction mitigations outlined in the Mitigation Monitoring & Reporting Program (MMRP) in the Final EIS/EIR.
  • Real estate appraisals & acquisitions:  The Final EIS/EIR identified properties needed for construction and operation of the project.  These are generally where property is required temporarily for construction staging for the stations and for permanent station entrances.  See question 20 and our Construction Fact Sheet and our Property Acquisition Fact Sheet for more information. 
  • Pre-construction surveys:  Once a construction contractor has been selected, Metro will compile extensive information about the properties, structures and businesses located near construction sites and above tunnels in the first section of the subway.   
  • Community outreach: Community outreach will continue to keep stakeholders informed and up to date with project information 
  • Continue field testing:  Metro has continued field testing in the first section of the subway similar to work that was done for technical studies during the environmental analysis.  Communities closest to the work locations are being informed. 
  • Utility Relocation: Prior to the start of construction, any utilities which could be impacted by tunnel or station construction in the first section of the subway are being relocated to ensure continued service.  Communities closest to the work locations are being informed.  See question 18 and our Advanced Utility Relocation and Exploratory Shaft Fact Sheet for more information. 
  • Paleontological resource removal and soils testing:  Metro contractors are constructing an exploratory shaft on the southwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Ogden Drive, near the La Brea Tar Pits where there are higher levels of tar sands and geologic conditions that are expected to contain fossils.  The exploratory shaft will permit better evaluation of the unique ground conditions in this area and provide information that will be used for the final design of the Wilshire/Fairfax station.  See question 19 and our Advanced Utility Relocation and Exploratory Shaft Fact Sheet for more information. 

Underground Utilities19. Tell me more about the utility relocation work that will occur during the pre-construction period.

Facilities for various utilities run beneath city streets.  This can include service for electricity, water, gas, telecommunications, cable, etc.  Relocating utilities is an expected and important step in preparing for subway construction.  Since stations are built by excavating from the ground down, utility relocation is typically needed at the station locations.  The tunnels between the stations are bored with little if any surface disruption, typically below the level of the utilities.  The utility companies or Metro contractors will be working to relocate utilities in order to avoid service disruptions to customers.  Communities located closest to the utility relocation work will continue to be notified in advance when this work will occur.  See our Advanced Utility Relocation and Exploratory Shaft Fact Sheet for more information.

IMAG0369.jpg20. What is the purpose of the exploratory shaft near Fairfax and what will that work entail?
Metro contractors are constructing an exploratory shaft to further assess ground conditions for the future Wilshire/Fairfax Station.  Located on the southwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Ogden Drive, the shaft will provide additional information about earth pressure and gas conditions to gain a better understanding of the unique ground conditions that Metro will encounter building the subway tunnels and station in the vicinity of the La Brea Tar Pits.  This information will build upon data gathered during the environmental analysis for the project.  Due to be completed in late 2013 or early 2014, the shaft will measure approximately 40 x 20 x 75 feet deep.  Monitoring at the shaft site will continue up until station construction begins at that location.  See our Advanced Utility Relocation and Exploratory Shaft Fact Sheet for more information.

Since the work is near the La Brea Tar Pits, there is a possibility that fossil deposits will be encountered.  There is a paleontologist on-call at all times and on-site during shaft excavation in the fossil-bearing layers of earth.  Any fossil discoveries will be carefully removed and turned over to the George C. Page Museum.  Removal methods have been pre-approved by the Page Museum staff.

21. When will Metro start negotiating with property owners for subsurface easements, or buying or leasing property for station entrances and construction areas?
Now that the project has received a federal Record of Decision (ROD), Metro’s Real Estate Department has initiated the process of acquiring the properties and underground easements needed for the first section of the subway.  See Question 4 for the anticipated timing of pre-construction activities for the other sections of the subway.

Metro is required by State and Federal law to provide just compensation to property owners for the purchase or use of their property, including temporary and permanent easements.  Just compensation is defined as the fair market value of the property or easement as determined by an independent real estate property appraiser.  Prior to making an offer, Metro obtains an independent appraisal for each property that considers a variety of factors including location, size, the highest and best use of the property consistent with current zoning, the impact of the subway on future development potential, the depth of the tunnels below the surface, and other factors.

Metro will seek to reach a negotiated agreement with a property owner wherever possible.  Ample time will be allowed for the property owner to obtain their own appraisal and for negotiations.  If a negotiated agreement cannot be accomplished, Metro may exercise its power of eminent domain to acquire the property as a last resort.

See ourProperty Acquisition Fact Sheet for more information.

Construction, Impacts & Mitigations

22. How will the subway be built?
The tunnels will be bored below ground using pressurized, closed-face tunnel boring machines (TBMs).  This method represents a significant improvement in tunneling in the 25 years since Metro began underground rail construction.  This is the technology that was used very successfully for the tunnels on the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension that opened in 2009.  Stations are built by excavating from the ground down, and most of the station construction activity occurs under concrete street decking so traffic can continue to flow above the construction site.  See our Construction Fact Sheet for more information.

23. What kind of impacts will there be from construction of the Purple Line Extension?

There is no way to build the subway without some impact.  Between stations, tunneling will have little if any impact on the surface.  Most of the impacts will be concentrated at the station locations with the greatest impacts occurring at the beginning and end of station construction.  In station areas, detours and temporary lane closures will be required for initial station excavation and to install the concrete street decking.  These same measures will be required toward the end of station construction to remove the decking and reconstruct the street.  In the approximately five years in between, while the station is being constructed under the decking, impact to surface street traffic will largely be limited to trucks hauling construction materials and excavated soil on designated haul routes.  Other impacts at construction sites could be:

  • Noise, dust, vibration or the visual appearance at construction sites;
  • Noise and vibration from below ground construction activities; or
  • Impacts to merchants near construction sites.

See our Construction Fact Sheet for more information.

24. What steps will be taken to reduce impacts of construction?
There is, of course, no way to construct a major infrastructure project without any impacts.  As part of the Final EIS/EIR, Metro produced a Mitigation Monitoring & Reporting Plan that outlines the steps that will be used to avoid or reduce significant impacts of project construction.  Metro will work to minimize impacts on businesses, residents and property owners, as well as other project stakeholders.  Mitigation measures might include setting construction times to reduce specific impacts or shorten the overall duration of certain construction activities, fencing and sound walls around staging areas, locating earth removal locations near major streets and freeways, specifying haul routes, etc. Improved communications, including signage and advertising, are typically employed to help maintain access and encourage ongoing patronage to businesses. In addition, Metro has established procedures to document existing conditions at properties along the subway construction alignment in advance of construction to accurately assess and address any damage claims that may arise.  These will be implemented by Metro’s contractors.  Metro has begun working with the cities of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills prior to construction to refine the plans and will have community outreach staff available during construction to respond to any issues that may arise.

25. Will I be impacted by subway construction if the tunnels run beneath my property?
The extension of the Purple Line will operate mostly under Wilshire Boulevard – however, there are segments where this is not possible.  In the second section of the subway, the tunnel will need to pass below homes and businesses in southwest Beverly Hills as well as below a small portion of Beverly Hills High School in order to reach the Century City station. For the third section of the subway, the tunnel will also have to travel beneath residential and commercial property between Century City and Westwood. The tunnels are generally 50 - 70 feet deep though in some areas extend to depths of greater than 100 feet. 

Few if any surface impacts are anticipated from tunnel construction between the stations.  Unlike the stations which are excavated from the surface, tunnels are bored completely below ground utilizing the latest tunneling technology.  See question 21 and our Construction Fact Sheet for more information. 

26. What about once the subway is operating?  Will I be able hear or feel the trains if my property is directly above the tunnels?

In most areas, the depth of the tunnels and soil conditions will make the noise and vibration undetectable at the surface.  The Final EIS/EIR found that there were only three locations where noise and vibration from subway operations would exceed thresholds established by the FTA and that these impacts could be fully mitigated. One of these is an apartment building near La Brea.  The other two are theaters – specifically the Wilshire/Ebell Theater near Crenshaw Boulevard and the Saban Theater near La Cienega.  There are specific federal noise and vibration thresholds for theaters.  Appropriate mitigation measures will be included in the tunnel trackwork design to mitigate any impacts to these properties.  No other properties are expected to have ongoing noise or vibration impacts that require mitigation.  Metro’s subway tunnels today have been in operation for more than 15 years and pass beneath numerous properties.  Metro has not received any complaints from those living or working above the tunnels or stations.

27. Where will the earth removal occur and what haul routes will be used to dispose of the material?

4310426943_447396b499_bEarth from station excavation will be removed at each of the station sites.  Earth that is excavated for the tunnels between the stations using the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will be removed at three locations – Wilshire/La Brea, Century City and the Westwood/VA Hospital.  These are also the locations where the TBMs are planned to be lowered into the ground and launched.  The proposed truck haul routes for earth removal identified in the Final EIS/EIR are conceptual and may be updated and revised once a construction contractor has been selected and additional information, such as construction sequencing, is finalized. In addition, the proposed routes will be subject to the approval of Metro and appropriate Federal, State, and local agencies.  As much as possible, haul routes are planned for major thoroughfares and freeways, and to avoid residential areas.  To minimize peak-period traffic disruption, haul truck activity is anticipated to take place during off-peak and nighttime periods.  See Chapter 3 of the Final EIS/EIR for more information.

28. What will happen to the properties Metro uses for construction staging sites once the subway is built?

If Metro has leased the property, it will be returned to the owner following completion of construction.  If Metro is the owner of the property and has no further need for it, the land may either be sold or made available for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in partnership with Metro.  If a TOD project is feasible, Metro will typically issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking development proposals for the particular property. Through a competitive process, Metro would select what it feels is the best development option for the site that will also generate revenue to offset subway construction and operation expenses.  In all cases, any future development of these properties would be subject to local planning and approval processes.

29. I understand Metro is using a “design-build” method in contracting for subway construction.  Can you explain what this means?
Design-Build refers to a project delivery method in which the designer is an integral part of the construction contractor’s team, performing final design from preliminary engineering that is provided by Metro.  This method differs from the Design-Bid-Build project delivery method in which the owner (Metro) retains a designer to produce a final design that is then solicited for construction bids.  The advantage to Design-Build is that it gives the Design-Builder the opportunity to provide innovative and more cost-effective design solutions with the potential of cost and schedule savings.

Safety

30. What precautions will be taken to ensure tunnel and station safety in areas with gassy soil?

Safety, both during construction and eventual operations, is Metro’s highest priority. It was one of the key evaluation criteria used throughout subway planning.

Subway tunnels will be built through the use of closed-face, pressurized tunnel boring machines (TBMs).  During construction, these pressure-face TBMs reduce gas exposure for workers and the public, while gassy soil and tar sands are treated and disposed of appropriately.  Enhanced ventilation systems will be used where necessary to ensure tunnel and station safety and, if necessary, double gaskets for the tunnel lining or other measures may also be installed.

Where needed, tunnels and stations will be built to provide a redundant protection system against gas intrusion. This might include:

  • Physical barriers to keep gas out of the tunnels
  • High volume ventilation systems
  • Gas detection systems with alarms
  • Emergency ventilation triggered by the gas detection systems.

During construction and operations, safety codes require rigorous and continuous gas monitoring, alarms, automatic equipment shut-off and additional personnel training.

31. How can subways be built and operate safely in an area with earthquake faults?
Many underground facilities – subway tunnels, sewers, storm drains, and buildings with deep basements and underground parking garages – have been built in Los Angeles and throughout California near active fault zones.  California has some of the strictest building standards when it comes to designing infrastructure to withstand earthquakes.

One of the initial steps in planning the subway was to identify fault zones located in the area and understand their characteristics.  The goal in planning the subway is to avoid fault zones if possible.  If that is not possible, then every effort is made to minimize exposure by crossing the fault zone(s) in a perpendicular orientation.  Various special engineering techniques are employed in fault zones to reduce risk, limit damage that may occur, and allow for a swift return to regular operations should a seismic event take place.  These techniques include constructing larger diameter tunnels such as those built for the Metro Red Line between the Hollywood/Highland and Universal City Stations, or utilizing secondary or enhanced tunnel linings, and other measures to accommodate ground movement in fault zones.  No transit agency in North America has knowingly built a subway station within a known active fault zone.  In fact, the Crenshaw/LAX light rail project – another Metro project currently beginning construction – moved the location of its planned La Brea station to avoid having it sit atop the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone.

Metro conducted detailed geotechnical and seismic investigations for the Purple Line Extension and prepared detailed reports of the findings.  The results of these studies are contained in Chapter 4 of the Final EIS/EIR.  There are also two technical reports, the Tunneling Safety Report and Fault Investigation Report that relate specifically to the findings in the Century City area. 

Subways throughout the world have excellent records of withstanding major earthquakes over the last 25 years. Some examples include:

Earthquake

Date

Magnitude

Impact on Subway

Mexico City

1985

8.1

No damage to tunnels.  Some power disruption. Patrons evacuated safely. Used to transport rescue personnel.

Loma Prieta (SF)

1989

6.9

No damage to tunnels.  Subway served as lifeline structure.

Northridge

1994

6.7

No damage

Kobe, Japan

1995

7.2

No damage to tunnels. Damage to station and sewer pipes – attributed to 1962 design with moderate seismic provision

Taipei

2002

6.8

No damage

Chile

2010

8.8

Running next day.  Some damage at entrance to stations

Miscellaneous

32. How many jobs will this project create?

The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation issued a report in June 2012 indicating that the construction of the entire nine-mile Purple Line Extension would generate 52,500 jobs within the region. 

33. Will the subway ever be extended to the sea?

The currently adopted Long Range Transportation Plan for Los Angeles County commits planned funding to extend the Purple Line to the Westwood/VA Hospital.  If new funding sources are identified, Metro could revisit the possibility of extending the line further west.

34. I understand Metro is not planning to add any parking at the stations.  How will I be able to use the station near me?
Metro is working to design the stations with improved pedestrian and bicycle facilities, as well as easy transfers to buses and local shuttles that easily connect with other key destinations.  It is also anticipated that existing public and private parking facilities in the areas around stations will likely make parking available to subway patrons, particularly if employees in some of the West Los Angeles employment areas switch to the subway thereby freeing up a parking space in existing parking facilities.  Metro will work with adjacent private parking operators to develop shared parking arrangements.

Public Involvement

35. Will there be further opportunities for public input on the project?

During the course of pre-construction and construction, the public will be kept apprised of updates to the project.  The project information line 213.922.6934 will remain active as will the project comment site.  Metro has created a Station Advisory Group for the first section of subway comprised of community representatives from the areas closes to the stations – residents and homeowner associations, neighborhood councils, institutions, businesses, business associations, property owners, etc.  The group will meet approximately and meetings are open to the public.  Metro will continue to meet with key stakeholder organizations as needed.

36. How can I stay involved?
You can opt-in to receive future updates on the project and meeting notices by visiting the project website, and going to “Contact Us.”  You can leave a phone message for us at the project information line at 213.922.6934.  You can also find us on Facebookor you can follow us on Twitter



Showing the latest posts relating to: Westside Subway Extension

Actions taken today by the Metro Board of Directors
Posted by Steve Hymon on October 2, 2014 2:09 pm
A gastropub is coming to the Fred Harvey Room at Union Station thanks to a lease approved today by the Metro Board of Directors. Photo by Steve Hymon/Metro. A few highlights from the meeting (agenda ...
Ground is broken for Regional Connector project to link Blue, Expo and Gold Lines
Posted by Steve Hymon on September 30, 2014 8:00 pm
The official groundbreaking for the $1.42-billion Regional Connector project is being held this morning in Little Tokyo. The 1.9-mile underground light rail line will link the ...
Transportation headlines, Monday, July 28
Posted by Steve Hymon on July 28, 2014 12:58 pm
Have a transportation-related article you think should be included in headlines? Drop me an email! And don’t forget, Metro is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Pick your social media ...
Transportation headlines, Wednesday, July 23
Posted by Steve Hymon on July 23, 2014 12:05 pm
Have a transportation-related article you think should be included in headlines? Drop me an email! And don’t forget, Metro is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Pick your social media ...
Contract to build first phase of Purple Line Extension moved to full Board of Directors
Posted by Steve Hymon on July 17, 2014 12:05 pm
View this document on Scribd The Metro Board of Directors’ Construction Committee Thursday morning took up the issue of the contract to build the 3.9-mile first phase of the Purple Line ...
“Notice to Proceed” granted for construction of Regional Connector project!
Posted by Steve Hymon on July 9, 2014 3:59 pm
It’s official: there are now four Metro Rail projects currently under construction after the Metro earlier this week gave its contractors — the Regional Connector Constructors, Joint ...
Transportation headlines, Wednesday, July 9
Posted by Steve Hymon on July 9, 2014 1:34 pm
Have a transportation-related article you think should be included in headlines? Drop me an email! And don’t forget, Metro is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Pick your social media ...
Metro staff recommend contractors to build Purple Line Extension’s first phase
Posted by Steve Hymon on July 7, 2014 3:41 pm
This another step forward for the 3.9-mile Purple Line Extension project and puts the subway addition closer to construction. Utility relocations and some other prep work have are already ...
Transportation headlines, Wednesday, June 25
Posted by Steve Hymon on June 25, 2014 10:35 am
Have a transportation-related article you think should be included in headlines? Drop me an email! And don’t forget, Metro is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Pick your social media ...
Transportation headlines, Thursday, June 19
Posted by Steve Hymon on June 19, 2014 12:21 pm
Have a transportation-related article you think should be included in headlines? Drop me an email! And don’t forget, Metro is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Pick your social media ...

For viewing MS Word, Powerpoint, and Excel documents - Download Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) or use Google Docs Reader (online)