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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.


2012: The Metro Board certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) certified for the Westside Subway Extension Project (Purple Line Extension), which identified the need for additional storage capacity at the Division 20 Maintenance and Storage Facility.

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.

Late 2017- 2018: To address design refinements, Metro conducted and completed an environmental review of the Division 20 Portal Widening and Turnback Facility Project.  In October 2018, the project’s Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) was approved by the Metro Board of Directors.

Late 2018 to Present: Preconstruction efforts underway including demolition of existing structure, environmental remediation, and site grading

2017-2018

Late 2018-Mid 2019

2019-2023

2023

> Environmental Review and Clearance

> Project Design

Preconstruction Activities

Project Construction

Anticipation Project Completion

Public Involvement


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10/23/2019 On-Street Utility Work, Arts District
Area: Center Street, immediately south of Ducommun St.

Beginning Wednesday, October 23, Southern California Gas Company will be conducting below-grade utility work on Center Street, immediately south of Ducommun St. Work will consist of cutting into the street and capping an existing gas line. Work vehicles will be stationed on Center Street and two-way traffic will be maintained.

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10/21/2019 Utility Relocation and Demolition of Structures
Area: Within Metro Division 20 Rail Yard, east of One Santa Fe Apartments

New construction work hours will be in effect for utility relocation and demolition activities. New work hours will be 7am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

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08/21/2019 Division 20 Portal Widening and Turnback Facility Project: Utility Relocation and Abatement/Demolition of Structures
Area: Area: Within Metro Division 20 Rail Yard, east of One Santa Fe Apartments

Metro contractors will start utility relocation activities and abatement/demolition of structures within Metro’s Division 20 rail yard as early as Monday, August 26 and continuing through Fall 2019. Anticipated work hours are 7am to 4pm, Monday through Friday.

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06/18/2019 Construction Staging Activities on Center St
Area: 1001 E. 1st St, on Center St, south of Banning St

Beginning June 18, 2019, Metro Contractors will begin utilizing the site of the former Citizens Warehouse/Lysle Storage Company Building, located on Center St, south of Banning St as a temporary parking area. The temporary parking area will be used to store construction vehicles during ongoing project construction efforts.

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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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