Skip to Content

Meet the TBMs

Elsie and Soyeon, the Section 1 tunnel boring machines (TBMs), started their tunneling journey Fall 2018 at Wilshire/La Brea Station in Miracle Mile and will continue towards Wilshire/Western Station in Koreatown. Once they reach the current D Line (Purple) terminus, they will be dissembled for transporting back to Wilshire/La Brea Station and then reassembled for the last leg of their journey through Wilshire/Fairfax Station and finishing at Wilshire/La Cienega Station in Beverly Hills.

Section 1 TBM breakthrough at Wilshire/Western on June 28, 2019

Harriet and Ruth, the Section 2 TBMs started their tunneling journey in Spring 2020 from Century City/Constellation Station and head east towards Wilshire/Rodeo Station in Beverly Hills and link up with the Section 1 tunnels at Wilshire/La Cienega Station.

Section 2 TBMs in Germany

Iris and Aura, the Section 3 TBMs, will start their tunneling journey in early 2021 from the VA Hospital Campus in West LA and head east towards the Westwood/UCLA Station. The TBMs will link with the Section 2 tunnels in Century City.

Section 3 TBM being assembled within the VA staging yard

For more information about the TBMs check out the fact sheets .

Follow the Purple Line Extension TBMs @PurpleLineTBMs .