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Construction Projects Purple Line Project-OLD Project Details- Purple Line


  SECTION 1 (includes WILSHIRE/ LA CIENEGA station)

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Section 1 of the Purple Line Extension is a 3.9 mile subway heavy rail line that will operate from its current existing at the Wilshire/Western, in the City of Los Angeles to a station at Wilshire Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard in the City of Beverly Hills. 

The subway alignment is beneath Wilshire Boulevard; it will include a new station within the City limits at Wilshire and La Cienega.

Two additional stations will be included in the Los Angeles area.

More information can be found on the Metro page.  Click here: history of the project (then click on 'background') and here: funding sources (click on 'program management dashboard').

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City streets are designed to incorporate and provide utility services such as electricity, water, gas, cable, and telecommunications.

Prior to the start of construction, any utility services  which could be impacted by tunnel or station construction are relocated to ensure continued service. Relocating utilities is an expected and important step in preparing for construction of tunnels and stations.

In preparation for construction of Section 1 of the Purple Line Extension in Beverly Hills (along Wilshire Boulevard between San Vicente and La Cienega Boulevards), underground utilities are being relocated.  The work is being completed by a combination of contractors working for Metro, and in some cases, the utility companies. 

This Advanced Utility Relocation (AUR) work began in November 2014 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year (December 2016).  Utility related construction is in progress along Wilshire Boulevard between San Vicente Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard, and along cross-streets north and south of Wilshire Boulevard, including La Cienega Boulevard, Hamilton Drive, Gale Drive, Hamilton Drive, and Tower Drive.

The project is in compliance with the Memorandum of Agreement executed between Metro and the City of Beverly Hills in an effort to minimize its impacts to Beverly Hills residents and businesses.  This work will be completed in December 2016, in preparation for the start of the Wilshire/La Cienega Station construction in early 2017.  Metro has received all required permits and approvals from the City to conduct the advanced utility relocation work. 

The Purple Line Extension Section 1 is anticipated to open in late 2023.  Construction on the Wilshire/La Cienega Station will begin in early 2017 with installation of construction piles along each side of Wilshire Boulevard between La Cienega Boulevard and Tower Drive and across Wilshire Boulevard at each end.  The piles will support the shoring and decking that will facilitate excavation between La Cienega Boulevard and Tower Drive to accommodate the 1,000-feet long station box.

Once the decking is in place across Wilshire Boulevard, excavation for and construction of the Wilshire/La Cienega Station will continue for the next 4 years beneath the deck. Tunneling will begin in Los Angeles at the Wilshire/Fairfax Station and will conclude at the Wilshire/La Cienega Station in Beverly Hills. 

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The Wilshire/La Cienega Station is located at the northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard. The station plaza will include protective canopies, two escalators to the station box and train platforms below, as well as two elevators and stairs. 

Below the plaza, the approximately 1,000-foot long station box will accommodate the train platforms.

Given its location along two highly utilized travel corridors (Wilshire Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard) Metro anticipates that the station will provide seamless links to nearby destinations such as La Cienega’s Restaurant Row, Beverly Center and Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

 SECTION 2 (includes the WILSHIRE/ RODEO station)

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Section 2 of the Purple Line is currently in pre-design stage.  It will run 2.5 miles and extend from La Cienega Boulevard west to Century City.  The alignment will extend west under Wilshire Boulevard from La Cienega Boulevard to the Rodeo Station (which is actually located at Wilshire Boulevard and Reeves Drive).  West of Reeves Drive, the alignment continues along Wilshire Boulevard until it exits the corridor and continues southwesterly to a new terminus station on Constellation Boulevard in Century City. 

Pre-construction activities are currently underway for Section 2 including additional survey, geotechnical investigation and utility location verification.  Utility relocation for Section 2 is scheduled to begin in early 2017.

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