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Metro to Hold Public Hearing on June 22 for Purple Line Extension Section 2 Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
LOS ANGELES (June 02, 2017): The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will be holding a public hearing on the Metro Purple Line Extension project’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for Section 2 on Thursday, June 22, 2017, and invites public participation.

Ice Age Camel and Elephant Fossils Unearthed at Wilshire/La Brea Metro Purple Line Extension Construction Site
LOS ANGELES (April 19, 2017): Metro Purple Line Extension workers excavating the future subway station at Wilshire and La Brea Avenue in L.A.’s Miracle Mile District have unearthed the station’s second Ice

January 26, 2017

Metro Board Awards Contract to Tutor Perini/O & G to Build Section Two of Metro Purple Line Extension Project
LOS ANGELES (January 26, 2017): The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors today awarded a $1.37-billion contract to the joint venture team of Tutor Perini/O & G to build the second section of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project to Century City. The board also established a budget of $2.4 billion for the project.

Key Metro Projects Receive $109 Million in State Cap-and-Trade Funds
LOS ANGELES (August 19, 2017): A new transit station that will help passengers quickly reach LAX terminals and a project to allow more frequent Red/Purple Line subway service were awarded a combined $109 million in state cap-and-trade funds, the California State Transportation Agency announced Tuesday.

Metro To Close Portion of Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile for 22 Consecutive Weekends to Conduct Major Decking Operation for Purple Line Extension Project
First Major Station Construction for L.A. Subway

LOS ANGELES (June 03, 2016): In the latest L.A. County transit construction milestone, Metro is ready to begin building the Wilshire/La Brea underground station for the Metro Purple Line Extension Project. Beginning Friday night, June 10, portions of Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles will be closed during 22 consecutive weekends for a street decking operation. Residents and motorists are advised to plan ahead, follow street detours and allow extra time to get through the area.

Metro Secures $300 Million in Federal Funds for Rail Projects
LOS ANGELES (February 12, 2016): The U.S. Department of Transportation this week announced that it will appropriate$300 million to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) for two major rail projects in Los Angeles County.  This federal funding, which was made possible by Congress adopting and President Obama signing into law late last year the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus appropriations bill, will benefit both the Regional Connector and Westside Purple Line Extension (Sections 1 and 2) transit projects.

Congress Passes Omnibus Spending Bill – Includes Significant Rail Funding For Metro
LOS ANGELES (December 18, 2015): Earlier today, the U.S. Congress voted to approve an Omnibus spending bill that will provide funding for federal agencies for the balance of Federal Fiscal Year 2016.  The Omnibus bill, which is expected to be signed into law by President Obama, includes robust funding for two major rail projects currently being constructed by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). The rail projects securing federal funds in this bill are the Regional Connector, section 1 of the Westside Purple Line Extension (from Wilshire/Western to La Cienega Boulevard and section 2 of the Westside Purple Line Extension (from La Cienega Boulevard to Century City).

Metro Purple Line Extension Contractor to Remove Street Medians along Wilshire Boulevard Near Wilshire/La Brea, Requiring Intermittent Lane Closures
LOS ANGELES (October 12, 2015): The Metro Purple Line Extension contractor plans to remove three street medians along Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles starting Monday, October 12 through Friday October 23, work that will require intermittent lane closures during weekdays only.

Update: traffic reconfiguration work for Wilshire and La Brea has now been rescheduled for Nov. 6-9.
LOS ANGELES (October 02, 2015): Update: traffic reconfiguration work for Wilshire and La Brea has now been rescheduled for Nov. 6-9.  Please see date changes  to earlier news release below.

Series Of Weekend Wilshire Boulevard Street Closures In Beverly Hills Planned to Conduct Metro Purple Line Utility Relocation Work
LOS ANGELES (September 08, 2015): The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) plans to alternately close a full direction of street traffic on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills over a series of seven consecutive weekends from Friday, September 11 to Sunday, October 25 to conduct advanced utility relocation work for the Metro Purple Line Extension Project.  Area motorists are encouraged to use recommended detours to avoid street congestion during these weekend-only work periods.

Metro Invites Small Businesses Along Three Rail Construction Project Corridors to Participate in Metro’s Business Interruption Fund Workshop
LOS ANGELES (June 26, 2015): Metro will be hosting a pilot Business Interruption Fund (BIF) workshop series for three Metro Rail construction projects areas starting Tuesday, June 30, in the Little Tokyo area of the Regional Connector, Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project corridor during July and the Purple Line Extension in Sept. 2015.

Section Two of L.A. Metro's Purple Line Subway Extension Project Included in President Obama's Proposed FY16 Budget
LOS ANGELES (February 02, 2015): Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, business, environmental, labor and community leaders today applauded the inclusion of $100 million in President Obama's proposed FY16 Budget for the second section of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project, calling the action an important step in keeping Metro's planned subway construction toward West Los Angeles on track. The President's budget also recommends that Section 2 of the subway receive a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) which, if granted, would serve as the commitment to provide federal matching funds for this portion of the subway. Section 1 of the project received an FFGA this past spring. The Mayor also praised the President for including  $230 million for Metro's two existing New Starts projects - the Regional Connector and the first section of the Purple Line Extension ($115 million each).

L.A. Metro Breaks Ground on Purple Line Extension Project in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (Nov 07, 2014): Leaders of the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today joined federal, state and local elected officials in the Mid-Wilshire District of Los Angeles to break ground on the long awaited Metro Purple Line Extension Project, the largest, most ambitious public works project in the Western United States.

L.A. Metro Receives Agreements for Nearly $2 Billion in Federal Grants and Low-Interest Loans for Purple Line Extension Project
LOS ANGELES (May 21, 2014): Marking an historic vote of confidence in Metro Rail subway construction in Los Angeles, the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today joined federal, state and local elected officials to announce the receipt of a $1.25 billion Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) from the Federal Transit Administration to help pay for the first nearly four-mile, $2.821 billion segment of the long-awaited Metro Purple Line Extension Project toward West Los Angeles.

L.A. Metro’s Westside Subway Extension, Regional Connector Projects Get Jumpstart in President’s Proposed FY13 Budget
LOS ANGELES (Feb 13, 2012): The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on Dec. 30 issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Crenshaw/LAX light rail project based on Metro's Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/EIR) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

TIFIA Loan for Westside Subway Extension Achieves Welcome Milestone
LOS ANGELES (July 06, 2011): Earlier today, U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein issued a joint press release announcing that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) was taking a major step toward approval of a $640.8 Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFA) loan for the Westside Subway Extension.

Posts from The Source

Bones belonging to ancient camel and mammoth or mastodon — found during work on Purple Line Extension

Tunneling machines for Purple Line Extension under construction in Germany

Wilshire/Fairfax decking for Purple Line Extension begins Friday: what you need to know

Metro Board awards contract to Tutor Perini/O&G to build section two of Purple Line Extension

$1.6B in fed funding for subway extension!

Tooth, tusks and skull from ancient relatives of elephants unearthed during Purple Line construction

Decking at future Wilshire/La Brea subway station finished six weeks ahead of schedule

Long wait over: groundbreaking held for Wilshire Boulevard subway extension

Contract to build first phase of Purple Line Extension moved to full Board of Directors

Purple Line Extension secures $1.25-billion federal New Starts grant and $856-million federally-backed loan

Photos of the exploratory shaft being dug in preparation of Purple Line Extension construction

Funding included for Purple Line Extension and Regional Connector in federal spending bill for 2014

Here is the latest presentation on the Purple Line Extension’s first phase, including a construction timeline