Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Train, Eventually

The old Westwood Station in 1941,
Probably at Santa Monica Blvd. and Westwood Blvd.
From the BruinOver $1 billion in federal funding will finance the last section of a subway line extension to Westwood.

The United States Department of Transportation granted $1.3 billion on Tuesday for Section 3 of the Purple Line extension, a subway line that will connect Westwood to Downtown Los Angeles by 2027. The grant follows lobbying by California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who urged transportation secretary Elaine Chao to fund projects in Southern California, according to a press release.
“I’d like to thank Secretary Chao for this critical Purple Line funding that will help alleviate LA congestion,” Feinstein said in the press release. “Connecting Downtown LA with the Westside is crucial to modernizing the city’s transit system.”ext
Section 3 of the line, extending from Century City to Westwood, will bring significant construction to the Village starting mid-2020. As part of the extension, Metro plans to construct a station under Wilshire Boulevard, between Veteran Avenue and Westwood Boulevard, and a second station by the West Los Angeles Veteran Affairs Medical Center.
Once completed, the Purple Line will enable students to go from Westwood to Downtown LA in just 25 minutes, according to the press release. LA mayor Eric Garcetti attributed the grant to efforts by Feinstein and said the funding will help quicken construction...

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