LA Metro Hosts Inauguration Of Purple Line Extension In Westwood
LA Metro on May 24 hosted a groundbreaking ceremony with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the US Department of Veterans Affairs, UCLA and key local and federal officials to mark the start of major construction work on The third and final section of the Purple Line (D Line) Extension project that will connect downtown LA and the Westside via a high-speed, high-capacity subway in 2027.
FTA Deputy Administrator Nuria Fernandez was on hand to celebrate the $ 3.6 billion Section 3 project, which received a $ 1.3 billion federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The project will connect two old subway sections through Koreatown, Beverly Hills and Century City and extend it two and a half miles to Westwood. Metro will build new stations at Westwood / UCLA to serve Westwood Village and UCLA and another at Westwood / VA Hospital to serve the hospital campus just west of I-405.
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The short-term work of the Tutor-Perini / O&G contractor for the future Westwood / VA Hospital station includes a pile operation to create a temporary support structure for the underground station. The rigs will dig holes 100 feet deep in the ground and a crane will place steel beams called “piles” in each hole. Once the stake is in place, each hole will be filled with concrete to support the walls of the station. After the piles are completed later this year, the Metro contractor will then begin the excavation of the subway station box.
Previous “pre-construction” work to date has consisted of final design, advanced utility relocation and tunnel boring machine (TBM) assembly and component testing, among others.
The FTA’s $ 1.3 billion federal grant will be awarded under a multi-year agreement known as the Full Funding Grant Agreement which is governed by the Capital Investment Grant program of the FTA. FTA, commonly referred to as “new starts”. This is a stand-alone grant agreement, with no loan to be repaid by Metro, as in the previous funding agreements for the first two project extensions. The remaining funds needed to build the project will come from transportation sales tax measures approved by local Metro voters.
The $ 9.5 billion project provided about half of the total cost of the FTA project.
Metro is currently actively constructing all three sections of the metro extension, scheduled to open in 2024, 2025 and 2027, respectively. The first section between Wilshire / Western and Beverly Hills is nearly 70 percent complete. Section 2 is now almost 45 percent complete. Section 3, including pre-construction works, is 20% complete.
The extension of the metro to Westwood / VA Hospital station will generate approximately 49,300 daily weekday boardings at the seven new stations. There will be approximately 78,000 new daily trips across the metro system as a result of the opening of this line.
Before the pandemic, more than 300,000 workers traveled to the Westside every morning from across the region – and the Westside is our region’s second largest employment center. More than 100,000 trips also leave the territory for foreign destinations. As the pandemic has subsided, traffic has returned and the metro extension project will provide improved connectivity to the entire Metro Bus and Rail network, as well as transfers to municipal bus lines and others. regional transport services.
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