The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has broken ground on a 2.6-mile subway extension to expand the Purple Line from Wilshire/La Cienega to Century City in Los Angeles, California.
The extension of the railway line is expected to ease congestion and improve access to the Westside from Downtown Los Angeles.
Section 1 of the project, between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega, is 30% complete and scheduled to open in 2023.
Section 2, scheduled for completion in 2025, is part of a three-phase, 8.9-mile, seven-station project that will extend the Purple Line from the current terminus at Wilshire/Western to the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center, west of the 405 Freeway.
Work on the third and final section from Century City to the VA Medical Center is planned to begin by 2019 and open in 2026.
The Purple Line Extension Project is part of the Twenty-Eight by ’28 initiative to leverage dollars from Measure M – the largest local infrastructure measure in US history – to complete 28 new transportation projects across the region in time for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Metro has allocated $2.53bn for Section 2, including $1.5bn from a federal grant and loan.
The $6.3bn extension will be mostly funded by county sales tax proceeds from Measure R – the half-cent sales tax Los Angeles County voters approved in 2008 – and Measure M, which will provide local funding to match federal contributions.
On 27 January 2018, Tutor Perini and O&G won a $1.37bn contract from Metro to build Section 2 as a joint venture.
A launch area for a tunnel-boring machine will be created at the planned Century City station for major construction works to begin later in 2018.
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation expects the Purple Line Section 2 project to create more than 20,500 jobs over the next decade.
The Purple Line Extension, after completion, is expected to generate 49,300 daily weekday boardings at the seven stations and an additional 78,000 new daily trips on the full Metro Rail system.
Trains are expected to run every four minutes during peak periods and every 10 minutes during off hours.