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MTA graphic of the subway route to the sea.
IMage courtesy of LA Metro
MTA graphic of the subway route to the sea.

News, Los Angeles, Subway, Transportation

MTA Approves Westside Subway Route

Posted Oct. 29, 2010, 12:55 am

Lynne Bronstein

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced approval of a route for the planned Westside subway. The route selected out of five options will take the subway from the Wilshire-Western station (terminus of the current Purple Line) to the Veteran’s Hospital in Westwood.

The choice of the Wilshire-Western to VA route ( known as the LPA or Locally Preferred Alternative) came after numerous community meetings and rider input on a Draft Environmental Impact Study/Draft Environmental Impact Report that was available for comment until October 18. As reported in the Mirror (“MTA Releases Draft EIS/EIR for Westside Subway” October 1), most of those who attended the public forum in Santa Monica on September 29 preferred the Wilshire-Western VA route to the other alternatives.

The four other options included an extension of the Purple Line as far as UCLA; a 12-mile extension to Santa Monica; an extension to the VA with a spur to West Hollywood; and an extension that would include both the West Hollywood spur and the Santa Monica terminus.

The 9 /12 mile route from Wilshire-Western to the VA can be built with existing funding, as opposed to the Santa Monica terminus and West Hollywood spur options, which would necessitate additional funding. The estimated cost of the LPA to the VA is $5.15 billion.

The MTA Board also approved a regional connector through downtown Los Angeles that would connect the Gold Line to the Blue Line and future Expo Line, enabling riders to make connections without having to transfer to the subway or bus.

The regional connector, with a cost estimated at $1.37 billion, was passed unanimously by the MTA Board. The LPA to the VA passed 9-0 with one abstention by Mike Antonovich.

Construction of the subway extension will begin in 2013 after a Final Environmental Impact Review. The subway is to be built in three phases: to Fairfax Avenue by 2019; Century City by 2026; and to Westwood in 2036. (If money is obtained by the 30/10 plan or other funding, the subway may reach completion sooner).

A decision has yet to be made on the location for a station in Century City and two stations in Westwood.

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Oct. 29, 2010, 6:50:23 am

J R O'Hara said...

This is ridiculous. The Chunnel, connecting England and France, is 31 miles long and took 6 years to build, under the English Channel!

Oct. 29, 2010, 11:06:27 am

cybornetic organism said...

This is a joke. Planning to implement 100-year old technology 25 years from now is absolute lunacy.

Oct. 29, 2010, 12:02:27 pm

Joe said...

Nobody will use it. Los Angelinos drive cars.

Oct. 29, 2010, 11:34:06 pm

Larry said...

2036? You've got to be kidding me! Agree with cybornetic . I visit China often and you won't believe the speed they build things. They built new highways, Maglev(even though with foreign technology), super high speed rails , tunnels under cities like shanghai and beijing for railsway, subway stations in No Time. 2036?

Nov. 1, 2010, 6:36:57 am

Ed Costello said...

What's wrong with extending the line to Santa Monica? Are we afraid too many poor people (who don't work for us) will get to go to the beach?

Nov. 1, 2010, 1:05:34 pm

Matheson U said...

What types of people are you thinking will be using the system? Is it the poor people? Or the tourists? Or the foreign students? It does not seem that the intension is for the everyday working people to connect the West Side to Down Town in an easy and fast way? The Angelinos are spoiled. If it is not convenient for them, they will not use it. So, what are we thinking?

Nov. 1, 2010, 6:47:32 pm

Jodi Summers said...

If the light rail is not yet coming to Santa Monica why was the Sears Automotive @ 4th + Colorado leveled? The City had bought that land for its light rail terminus, and now it's sitting vacant, becoming another homeless hangout.

Nov. 2, 2010, 11:28:33 am

Aimee said...

In the meantime... which is to say for the next 26 years people COULD take the BUS :) How about bus-only lanes? Unless public transportation is incentivized NO ONE will bother with it.

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