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LACMTA schedules public meetings to review subway extension


Next month, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) will hold five public meetings to provide an update on the Westside Subway extension project.

In April, the agency held six meetings to obtain public feedback for the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement, which currently is being drafted. Now, LACMTA officials plan to present a summary of comments received during the scoping period, the progress made on refining two “build” alternatives and the potential construction process.

The alternatives call for extending the Wilshire Subway on the Metro Purple Line via Wilshire Boulevard or extending the Wilshire/West Hollywood Subway, incorporating all of the Wilshire Subway and including a spur from the Metro Red Line via Hollywood’s Santa Monica Boulevard. In January, LACMTA’s board approved a plan to analyze the two alternatives via an environmental review and preliminary engineering.

After the evaluation process is completed, the board will select a Locally Preferred Alternative, then pursue a final environmental review, final engineering and construction. The Westside Subway extension is slated to receive partial funding from Measure R, a half-cent sales tax increase voters approved in November 2008.

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