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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 B Line (Red)/D Line (Purple) . 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 B Line (Red)/D Line (Purple) system.

Presently, the Metro B Line (Red)/D Line (Purple) carry over 140,000 passengers each day. Ridership is expected to grow by 49,000 following the completion of the Purple (D Line) Extension to the future Westwood/VA Hospital Station ( as described in the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Metro Purple (D Line) Extension ). Many B Line (Red)/D Line (Purple) 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.

Now that the project is under construction, questions or comments regarding rail construction in the Division 20 Rail Yard can be sent to the Purple (D Line) Extension Project at purplelineext@metro.net . Calls can be made to the Purple (D Line) Extension's 24/7 hotline at 213.922.6934.


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: Preconstruction efforts underway including demolition of existing structures, environmental remediation, and site grading.

2019: Environmental Impact Report Addendum

On December 5, 2019, the Metro Board of Directors approved an Addendum to the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). You can read the Board report here .

The Addendum addresses changes to the Project and proposes revised mitigation measures that are necessary due to the changes to the Project. Two changes have been identified since the FEIR was approved by the Metro Board in October 2018:

  1. The elimination of a High-Speed Rail column and ventilation shaft building and;
  2. A fire at the Citizens Warehouse/Lysle Storage Company Building and the building's subsequent demolition by the City of Los Angeles. Since the approval of the Project's FEIR, the Citizens Warehouse/Lysle Storage Company Building was severely damaged by a fire and was subsequently demolished by the City of Los Angeles due to unsafe conditions.

Since the building demolition, Metro acquired the property from the City of Los Angeles. During this phase, the site is being utilized as a temporary parking lot to support construction activities for the Project. You can see the latest construction updates for the project under the 'Construction Notices' tab above.

As Metro is only utilizing part of the site for storage tracks per the Project EIR, Metro is committed to working with community stakeholders and local jurisdictions to determine a vision for a potential project on the remaining vacant portion of the site as part of Metro's Joint Development policy. Learn more about Metro Joint Development here.

Late 2019: Project construction

2023: Anticipated project completion

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Late 2018-Mid 2019

Late 2019-2023

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Map of Arts District project area


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09/17/2020 Division 20 Portal Widening and Turnback Facility Project Upcoming Meetings
Area: Division 20

All community meetings through 2020 will be held via webinar. 

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09/11/2020 Smoke Slab Demolition Underneath 1st Street Bridge
Area: 1st Street Bridge

Metro contractors will work weekday and weekend hours to demolish smoke slabs (left from the steam locomotive age) underneath the western side of the 1st Street Bridge from September 21 through October 9. 

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09/11/2020 Asphalt and Rail Removal on 1st Street Bridge
Area: 1st Street Bridge

Micro milling machine will remove asphalt and rails from the 1st Street Bridge from September 22 through October 4. 

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09/02/2020 Utility Investigation at Division 20 Yard and 1st St Bridge
Area: Division 20 Yard and on 1st St between Mission Rd and Vignes St.

Work will continue on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 for approximately two weeks.

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08/21/2020 Potholing Activities on the 1st Street Bridge
Area: First Street Bridge

Metro contractors will conduct minor potholing (investigation) in an eastbound lane of the 1st Street Bridge on Monday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 25. 

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08/12/2020 Potholing Activities on the Street
Area: Commercial

Metro contractors will pothole to examine underground infrastructure along the western half of Commercial St. near Center St. and Metro’s Division 20 rail yard. 

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08/07/2020 Utility Relocation and Electrical Installation
Area: Within Metro Division 20 Rail Yard, east of One Santa Fe Apartments

Metro contractors continue with utility relocation and electrical installation within the Division 20 rail yard near 4th Street on Monday, August 10.

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04/17/2020 Rail Construction in Division 20 Rail Yard
Area: Within Metro Division 20 Rail Yard, east of One Santa Fe Apartments

Questions or comments regarding rail construction in the Division 20 Rail Yard can now be sent to the Purple Line Extension Project email address: purplelineext@metro.net. You can also call the Purple Line Extension hotline at 213.922.6934.

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03/19/2020 Rail Maintenance Work in Division 20 Rail Yard
Area: Within Metro Division 20 Rail Yard, east of One Santa Fe Apartments

Metro will conduct signal work on the rails within Metro’s Division 20 rail yard in the Arts District extending from north of the 1st St Bridge to Metro’s Division 20 parking lot (320 S. Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012). Please note there will be intermittent noise.  

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01/14/2020 Division 20 Portal Widening and Turnback Facility Project: Utility Relocation Work in Division 20 Rail Yard
Area: Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles

Metro Contractors will continue utility relocation activities within Metro’s Division 20 rail yard in the Arts District extending from north of the 1st St Bridge to Metro’s Division 20 parking lot (320 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012). Work is anticipated to continue through Summer 2020, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm. Occasional work hours will be in place on Saturdays from 8am to 4pm. 

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