The Division 20 Portal Widening and Turnback Facility Project aims to accommodate increased service levels on the Metro Red and Purple Lines. To achieve this, Metro is planning facility improvements to the Division 20 Rail Yard, located within the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles. Improvements include: widening of the heavy rail tunnel portal south of the US-101 freeway, a new turnback facility and expansion and reconfiguration of rail storage tracks. With these improvements, new tracks and switches will allow for improved service times at Union Station and throughout the Metro Red/Purple Line system.
Presently, the Metro Red and Purple Lines carry over 140,000 passengers each day. Ridership is expected to grow by 49,000 following the completion of the Purple Line Extension to the future Westwood/VA Hospital Station ( as described in the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Metro Purple Line Extension ). Many Red/Purple Line trains switch tracks before entering Union Station, which is the reason that some trains operate more slowly coming in and out of the station. This project will allow switching to take place after riders get on or off trains, allowing for faster service times. It will also help to ensure safety and reliability on the system, a sufficient capacity to serve future passengers and a more effective operation of Metro’s expanding subway network.
In March 2017, Metro finalized an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the Red/Purple Line Core Capacity Improvements project, the former name for the Division 20 Portal Widening and Turnback Facility Project. Through further design refinement, the project was reconfigured to accommodate more storage tracks and relocate the turnback facility. To propose these changes, Metro moved forward with an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project.
Metro started the environmental review process by releasing an initial Notice of Preparation (NOP) on October 18, 2017. Two public scoping meetings were held in late October/early November 2017 to introduce the project and gather community input. Metro accepted public comments on the NOP from October 18 to November 17, 2017.
On January 3, 2018, Metro released a revised NOP to invite public comments on the acquisition and reuse of an additional property as part of the project. Metro accepted public comments on the revised NOP from January 3 to February 2, 2018.
On March 16, 2018, Metro released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for a 45-day public review period. A public hearing was held on April 12, 2018 to discuss the details of the report and gather community input. Metro accepted public comments on the DEIR from March 16 to April 30, 2018. View a recording of the public hearing’s webcast .
The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) is anticipated to be released by Fall 2018 and will be considered for approval by the Metro Board.
Environmental Review Timeline
The public comment period for the Draft EIR closed on April 30, 2018. Metro will be analyzing all public comments and responses will be included in the Final EIR. The Final EIR is anticipated to be released for public review by Fall 2018. During that period, the Metro Board will consider certifying the Final EIR and associated documents.
- Division 20 Portal Widening & Turnback Facility Project Area Map
- Division 20 Portal Widening and Turnback Facility Project Components Map
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