Advocates for better transportation options in the City of Los Angeles heard some good news today.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors certified the Final Environmental Report for both the Westside Subway Extension and the Regional Connector, according to Metro’s The Source.
Planning for the subway extension has taken nearly five years. Hundreds of public meetings were held during this time to inform people of the planned route and to answer questions on the environmental report which is “the legally-required study that considers the many options, impacts and mitigations for the project,” according to Metro’s website.
“It is a total no-brainer to me to get that subway going yesterday,” said Councilmember Bill Rosendahl. “But we’re doing it today and building it tomorrow.”
Constituents in Rosendahl’s 11th District — which includes most of the gridlocked Westside — would greatly benefit from a Westside Subway Extension.
“As the Expo Line moves forward and the Subway to the Sea is built, it will have a dramatic and positive impact on gridlock on the Westside,” said Rosendahl.
The first phase of the project will extend the current Purple Line subway under Wilshire Boulevard at Western Avenue. The line will extend 3.9 miles and include stations at La Brea and Fairfax Avenues as well as La Cienega Boulevard.
The first phase of the project has a target completion date of 2020.
The board also certified the FEIR for the $1.37- billion Regional Connector Transit Corridor Project. Plans call for this line to connect three light rail lines through downtown LA and greatly improve connectivity for the entire L.A. County transportation network.
The project could begin construction next year and is scheduled to be complete in 2019.