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Purple Line Extension Gets $1.6 Billion Boost in Los Angeles

The Purple Line subway extension is picking up momentum in Los Angeles. With construction already underway on the first phase, the second phase should commence in 2018.
January 5, 2017, 10am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Dave Sotero writes: "A federal grant and loan totaling nearly $1.6 billion to help build the second phase of the Metro Purple Line Extension to downtown Beverly Hills and Century City was announced [January 4, 2016] by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Metro."

The second phase of the Purple Line Extension will add 2.6 miles to the subway, bringing the terminus of the line westward to Century City. Once completed, it will take 11 minutes to travel from the Century City to the line's current terminus at Wilshire and Western in the Koreatown neighborhood. The second phase is targeted for no later than 2026, but perhaps by 2024, if the city manages to secure the 2024 Summer Olympics.

A third and final phase would extend the line even farther westward to the Westwood/VA Hospital stop. Sotero's coverage, written for Metro's The Source website, provides a lot more details about how much is expected of the Purple Line extension (which some readers might recall as the "Subway to the Sea").

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Published on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 in The Source
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