Given how long the Purple Line extension has been in the works, it might be hard to remember that it was once billed as a “subway to the sea.” But if you haven’t paid any attention to the project over the last six or seven years, we regret to inform you that the completed route will end at Westwood, where the closest body of water is probably the inverted fountain at UCLA.
The line will initially proceed along Wilshire Boulevard on its westward journey, with stations at La Brea, Fairfax, La Cienega, and Rodeo.
The train will then dip down to Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars before rising back up to Wilshire, with two final stops at UCLA and the Veterans Affairs Hospital.
The first phase of construction on the project began in 2014 and should be open to riders by 2023 at the latest.
KPCC reports that the transit agency wants to have that finished by this summer.
Since it’s a subway, the extended Purple Line will be an all but invisible addition to the city for those who don’t ride it.
In November, the Beverly Hills Unified School District filed a fresh challenge to the subway, arguing that Metro should not be able to hire a contractor for the project before completing a court-ordered environmental review.Pauletta Tonilas, a spokesperson for the agency, tells Curbed that Metro is trying to find more funding sources for the project and is looking for ways to coordinate construction of the second and third phases so that both of the final phases will be ready by 2024—not-so-coincidentally, the year that Los Angeles hopes to host the Summer Olympics.One of the biggest obstacles to the train line’s completion has been persistent resistance from the city of Beverly Hills, where residents and local officials have fiercely protested the proposed route, which passes under Beverly Hills High School.Wednesday, August 15, - PMSocial Tables - 1325 G Street, NWNew to the city or the Jewish community? Mingle and meet our community’s organizations at this happy hour for Jewish young professionals. Looking to meet new people and celebrate Shabbat in a meaningful, casual way?Shabbat Clusters are small groups that meet monthly for Shabbat dinner.Singles, couples, 20s and 30s, interfaith, and LGBTQ individuals are all welcome.All participants are invited to our kick-off dinner.But West Hollywood is pushing hard for a rail project that would connect the route to the Purple and Red Lines, passing through the city along the way.While the project is still in the planning phases, officials are confident construction could get underway as soon as 2020.Capital Bikeshare has reached a major milestone, 20 MILLION rides! Riding Ca Bi is a fun way to explore the city, and it also has significant benefits for you and the metro DC area.Long talked about, the extension of Metro’s Purple Line subway, which, for right now, travels between Union Station and Wilshire and Western, was somewhat slow to get off the ground—and sometimes seemed like it would never arrive at all.