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Purple Line Extension - Section 3

The last section of the Purple Line Extension Transit Project, Section 3, will add 2.56 miles of new rail to Metro’s Rail system and connect downtown Los Angeles to the Westside. The two new stations will be added at Wilshire/Westwood and on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs property. Section 3 received the approval to move forward by Metro's board in 2016. The project began construction in 2019 and is anticipated to open for operations in 2027.

Westwood/UCLA Station

Wilshire/La Brea rendering

The Westwood/UCLA station box will be located under Wilshire Bl between Veteran Av and Westwood Bl. A construction staging area is located at the UCLA parking lot north of Wilshire Bl between Gayley Av and Veteran Av. The main station entrance will be located to the west of Gayley Av, which will be equipped with stairs, escalators, elevators and bicycle parking. Other entrance(s) are also under consideration and development. Centrally located in Westwood, the Westwood/UCLA station will provide patrons with access to the Westwood Medical Center, Hammer Museum, UCLA campus and the surrounding Westwood Village.

Westwood/VA Hospital

Westwood/VA Hospital Station rendering

The Westwood/VA Hospital station box, including two crossovers, will be located to the west of the I‐405 Freeway and south of Wilshire Bl. A pedestrian bridge to the south of Wilshire Bl and vertical circulation equipment to the north will enhance patron access to the station entrance from existing bus stops at the elevated Wilshire Bl overpass. The main station entrance will be equipped with stairs, escalators, elevators and bicycle parking. The Westwood/VA Hospital station in West LA will provide a reliable transportation option to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center and the surrounding U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs campus, with connections to the westside and its surrounding areas of interest.

PLE Section 3 Map

The above map shows the Purple (D Line) Extension tunnel alignment between the Section 3 stations (Westwood/VA Hospital and Westwood/UCLA) and the Century City/Constellation Station in Section 2.

The tunnel distance between the Century City/Constellation and Westwood/UCLA stations is approximately 1.85 miles or about 9763 feet. This section of the tunnel reaches a depth of more than 100 feet. Environmental studies have been completed to ensure the safety of this project.

Purple Line Extension, Section 3 Community Meetings

Metro holds regular meetings to update stakeholders on the project, view the community meeting presentations .

Purple Line Extension, Section 3 Pre-Construction Notices

View up to date construction notices .


Construction Notices

Start Date Notice Brief More Info
06/03/2021 Driveway Installation at UCLA Lot 36 and Veteran Ave.
Area: UCLA Lot 36 and Veteran Ave.

Metro contractors are continuing preconstruction activities at UCLA Lot 36 for Section 3 of the Purple (D Line) Extension. Work includes potholing, sound wall installation, fence removal, tree removalbanner placement, and driveway installation. Work will be ongoing through June 2021.  

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06/01/2021 Subsurface Investigations
Area: Santa Monica Blvd and Comstock Ave

Starting Tuesday, June 1, for approximately 8 weeks, Metro contractors will conduct subsurface investigations near 10351 Santa Monica Blvd. This work is in preparation for the Metro Purple Line Extension Subway Project.

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05/28/2021 Utility Relocation on Wilshire Blvd and Gayley Ave
Area: Wilshire Blvd and Gayley Ave

Metro contractors will relocate and upgrade the sanitary sewer lines and a storm drain on Wilshire Blvd. and Gayley Ave. in preparation for the Purple (D Line) Extension Section 3 project.  Work will continue for approximately 1weekends: Friday at 11pm through Monday at 6am.  The work consists of saw cutting, demolition, and trenching of the existing roadway to relocate a storm drain and sanitary sewer lines. Construction activities will be done in stages and updates will be posted online each week.  Utility service and building access will be maintained.  

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05/28/2021 SCE Coordination Work near VA Hospital Campus
Area: Wilshire/Bonsall

Metro contractors will continue utility work in coordination with So Cal Edison on the Wilshire Blvd – Bonsall Ave ramps at the VA Hospital Campus. Work will be done between June 5 to 18, with intermittent ramp closures from 9am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday.  Required equipment includes work trucks, compressors, and blowers. Utility services will be maintained. 

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05/28/2021 West LA VA Hospital Campus Worksite Activities
Area: VA Hospital Campus

Metro contractors will continue worksite preparation for the future Westwood/VA Hospital Station. Work includes well monitoring, instrumentation, tree relocation, utility relocation (storm drain, gas line and sewer capping), flagpole removal and storage, hauling of spoil materials, construction wall installation and other improvement activities to create the staging area for future construction work. This work will have a limited impact on local traffic on Wilshire Blvd. Access will be maintained for VA residents, and hospital guests and staff. The use of heavy equipment throughout the project site may cause intermittent noise. 

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05/21/2021 Utility Relocation on Westwood Blvd near Ashton Ave
Area: Westwood Blvd., Wilshire Blvd., and Ashton Ave.

Metro contractors will continue utility relocation for the sanitary sewer lines on Wilshire Blvd., Westwood Blvd., Ashton Ave., and Midvale Ave. in preparation for the Purple (D Line) Extension Section 3 project.  The work consists of the saw cutting, demolition, trenching of existing pipe, and installation of sewer manholes. Construction activities will be done in stages and updates will be posted online as needed. Utility services will be maintained. 

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04/26/2021 Tree Removal on Wilshire Blvd near Westwood Blvd
Area: Wilshire Blvd near Westwood Blvd

In preparation for piling and excavation activities at the future Westwood/UCLA Station, 15 LA City trees will be removed on Wilshire Blvd between Veteran Ave and Glendon Ave. Work is anticipated in May or June 2021*, for one week, Monday to Friday, 9am to 3:30pm.

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04/26/2021 Traffic Loop Restoration on Wilshire Blvd near Veteran Ave
Area: Wilshire Blvd near Veteran Ave

Metro contractors will restore the traffic loops on Wilshire Blvd near Veteran Ave on Monday, April 26, from 9pm to 6am. 

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03/12/2021 Caltrans Basin Drainage Work near Southbound I-405
Area: Wilshire/I-405

Metro contractors will work in the Caltrans basin near southbound I-405 in preparation for the Purple (D Line) Extension Section 3. The work includes tree removal, excavation, and drainage structure installation Monday through Friday, 7am to 4pm and 9pm to 6am. This work is expected to continue until 2023.

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11/16/2020 Complimentary Valet Service Available for West LA VA Hospital Patients
Area: West LA VA Hospital

Valet service will be available for patients of West LA VA Hospital when parking lot 42 is permanently closed for construction beginning Monday, November 16, 2020.

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11/16/2020 Parking Shuttle Service for West LA VA Hospital Campus
Area: West LA VA Hospital

Parking Shuttle Service is now available for hospital staff and guests of the West LA VA Hospital campus. 

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