Full Federal Funding To Extend Purple Line Subway West 4 Miles To La Cienega

Today's announcement means that Angelenos should be able to ride the Wilshire Subway to La Cienega in 2023. Image: Metro website
Today’s federal funding announcement means that Angelenos can expect to ride the Purple Line Subway to Wilshire and La Cienega in 2023. Image: Metro website

This morning in Washington DC, federal and Los Angeles officials joined together to announce full funding for the initial phase extending Metro’s Purple Line Subway. This funding had been hinted at earlier, but today it’s a done deal. Barring any kind of governmental shutdown.

Metro will receive $1.35 billion in federal grant funding, plus another $0.86 billion in federal infrastructure loans. Today’s $2 billion completes the $2.8 billion budget for extending the subway 3.9 miles west underneath Wilshire Boulevard, to a terminus at Wilshire and La Cienega. Construction is anticipated to start this summer and be completed in 2023.

With the project ready to begin construction, hopefully truth-challenged editorials and confusing campaign talk of a “third way” alternative route will soon be a thing of the past. No speculation on how the funding announcement timing dovetails with Metro’s planned fare increases.

Lots of additional local coverage at: Santa Monica Next, Long Beachize, KPCC, The Source, Daily News, LA Register, and the LA Times.

 

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Metro July Meeting Re-Cap: Subway, SRTP, Active Transpo, and More

|
Metro’s July Board of Directors meeting took place yesterday. As usual, it was four-plus hours long, with plenty of implications for the future of livability and transportation for the region. SBLA re-caps the meeting below. Mayor Garcetti Assumes Board Chair Yesterday’s meeting was Mayor Eric Garcetti’s first as the new chair of Metro’s Board of […]

Purple Line Extension Phase One Meeting

|
Metro will hold a community meeting to discuss preparation for construction for the first section of the Purple Line Extension on Thursday, June 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard in the fifth floor Terrace Room. Environmental planning has concluded and approvals have been received, […]

Feds Announce Regional Connector Funding, Hint at Purple Line Funding

|
This morning, local elected officials and federal administrators joined together to announce that Metro’s Regional Connector is now fully funded. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is granting $670 million in New Starts funding to the Regional Connector, and also extending a low-interest TIFIA (Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act) loan of $160 million. A document […]

Westside Subway Extension Community Update Meeting

|
The public is invited to attend a community update meeting to learn about next steps for the Westside Subway Extension. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the 5th floor Terrace Room of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art West, located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd in […]

Metro Breaks Ground on Purple Line Subway Extension

|
This morning Metro broke ground on its fifth simultaneous rail construction project: the Purple Line Extension. The new phase will extend the subway from downtown to La Cienega Boulevard, with two additional future phases planned to extend the line to Century City and Westwood. The ceremonies took place at the L.A. County Museum of Art, […]