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Division 20 Portal Widening & Turnback Facility Project

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 .

On September 25, 2018, Metro released the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Division 20 Portal Widening and Turnback Facility Project. The FEIR is anticipated to be considered for approval by the Metro Board of Directors in October 2018.

Environmental Review Timeline

Environmental Review Timeline


On September 25, 2018, Metro released the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Division 20 Portal Widening and Turnback Facility project.

The reports will be considered by the Metro Board for approval in October 2018 at the following public meetings:

Metro Construction Committee
Thursday, October 18
10:15am One Gateway Plaza
3rd Floor, Metro Board Room
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Regular Metro Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, October 25
9:30am One Gateway Plaza
3rd Floor, Metro Board Room
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The FEIR is also available for public viewing at the following locations:

  • Central LA Public Library: 630 W. 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
  • Kappe Library at SCI-Arc: 960 E. 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • Little Tokyo Branch Library: 203 S. Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Online: View the full Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR)

If approved, the project is anticipated to start construction in early/Spring 2019.


Map of Arts District project area


For construction-related inquiries and complaints, please call 213.418.3422 or email div20portalwidening@metro.net

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02/19/2019 Division 20 Portal Widening and Turnback Facility Project: Abatement and Demolition of Structures, Arts District
Area: On Center St. between Commercial St. and Ducommun St.

Metro Contractors will begin abatement and demolition activities at the Viertel’s Central Division Facility, located at 500 N. Center St between Commercial St and Ducommun St.

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01/14/2019 Division 20 Portal Widening and Turnback Facility Project: Demolition of Structures and Soil Excavation
Area: Arts District, Center St between Commercial St and Banning St

Metro contractors will begin demolition activities of the National Cold Storage Facility beginning Monday, January 14, 2019 and continuing through early summer 2019. Anticipated work hours are 7am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. 

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11/05/2018 Abatement of Non-Recyclable Materials along Center St
Area: National Cold Storage Facility, 815 East Temple Street, 234 Center Street, 210 Center Street

Beginning Monday, November 5, 2018, and continuing daily, Monday thru Friday, from 7am to 3:30pm, for 10 weeks, Metro Contractors will be performing abatement of non-recyclable materials

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