Los Angeles subway expansion: About the Purple Line

August 2, 2013

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Los Angeles subway expansion: About the Purple Line

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)

With the completion of the Final EIS/EIR, Los Angeles is closer than ever to making this long-awaited heavy rail subway project a reality, connecting the Westside to the region’s growing rail transit network, and improving mobility for everyone who lives, works and plays throughout Los Angeles County.

Metro officials hear from public about Purple Line Extension Project

CBS2 KCBS Los Angeles

In June 2013 residents had the chance to question Metro officials about the impact of a massive tunneling project to extend the Purple Line subway that is scheduled to begin next year.

Construction for the Purple Line Extension project is expected to begin under Wilshire Boulevard in 2014.

The digging is expected to last for at least 9 years, but officials say there won’t be major construction during that entire time.


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Existing Rapid Transit in Los Angeles

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Video: View of the existing Los Angeles Metro subway

Video: L.A. Subway Milestone: Westside Subway Extension Utility Relocation Launch
On November 13, 2012 Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa and Metro officials announced the official start of utility relocation work for the new Purple Line Westside Subway Extension Project


Light Rail Gold Line extension

Metro has been working with the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority to extend the existing Metro Gold Line from its current terminus in Pasadena to Montclair.

The proposed extension consists of two phases. The first phase will continue from Sierra Madre Villa in Pasadena east over 11 miles with stops in the cities of Arcadia, Duarte, Irwindale, Monrovia and two in Azusa.

Funding is currently being sought for the second phase, which would continue east from Azusa over 12 miles through the cities of Glendora, La Verne, Montclair, Pomona and San Dimas.

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LA Metro Gold Line
Light Rail Exposition Transit Corridor, Phase 2 to Santa Monica

Exposition Transit Corridor, Phase 2 will extend westward to Santa Monica from the Metro Expo Line Culver City Station and run along the old Pacific Electric Exposition right-of-way to 4th St. and Colorado Av. in downtown Santa Monica.

The 6.6 mile second phase will connect Santa Monica by rail to Downtown LA, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, South Bay, Long Beach and dozens of points in between. With seven new stations serving diverse LA neighborhoods such as Century City, West Los Angeles, and Santa Monica, the Metro Rail system will expand to 87 stations and over 93 miles of rail to destinations across L.A. County.

Phase 2 includes new stations at:

Westwood/Rancho Park
26th St./Bergamot
17th St./SMC
Downtown Santa Monica

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Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors today approved a $1.272 billion contract to Walsh/Shea Corridor Constructors to build the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project, an 8.5-mile light-rail line that will run between the Expo Line on Exposition Boulevard and the Metro Green Line.

The design/build contract will include both the Leimert Park and Hindry Stations.

Utility relocation work is underway with heavy construction set to begin spring 2014. Completion is expected by 2019.

The Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project will serve the Crenshaw Corridor, Inglewood, Westchester and the LAX area with eight stations, a maintenance facility, park-ride lots, traction power substations and the acquisition of rail vehicles and maintenance equipment.

The new rail stations will be Expo/Crenshaw, Crenshaw/Martin Luther King, Crenshaw/Vernon (Leimert Park), Crenshaw/Slauson, Florence/West, Florence/La Brea, Florence/Hindry and Aviation/Century.

LA Metro Crenshaw LAX




Los Angeles MTA- Metro approves $80 million for subway station in Leimert Park Village


Culver City welcomes Expo Line light rail to the Westside




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