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Division 20 Portal Widening & Turnback Facility Project

Formerly known as the Red/Purple Line Core Capacity Improvements Project, the Division 20 Portal Widening and Turnback Facility Project aims to accommodate increased service levels on the Metro Red/Purple Lines. To achieve this, Metro is planning facility improvements, including a widening of the heavy rail tunnel south of the US-101 freeway (Portal Widening) and a new turnback facility (Turnback Facility) in the Division 20 rail yard. 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 and ridership is expected to grow by 49,000 when the Metro Purple Line is extended to the Veteran Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center (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.

Under the initial design, Metro finalized the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) in March 2017. However, through further design refinement, the project was reconfigured to accommodate more storage tracks and relocate the turnback facility. To further explain these project changes, Metro has decided to move 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 will accept public comments from January 3, 2018 to February 2, 2018. Comments submitted during the previous NOP scoping period have been recorded by Metro and do not need to be resubmitted. No additional scoping meetings are required or scheduled.

Read the revised NOP .

The public can submit comments about the NOP via mail or email to the following until February 2, 2018:

Cris B. Liban, Executive Officer, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-16-9
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Environmental Review Timeline:

Div 20 Environmental Review Timeline

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