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Westside Subway and Regional Connector Take Big Steps Towards Reality

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One of the Westside Subway Extensions under consideration | Image via Metro
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There's still a long way to go on these projects, but they took a big step this week. The Federal Transit Administration last week signed off on Metro's draft environmental documents for the Westside Subway Extension and downtown's Regional Connector.

The news means the documents will soon be available for a 45-day public review period, including a series of public meetings, before the Metro Board approves a locally preferred alternative for each project.

Alternative because both projects currently have various options to consider. The Westside Subway Extension, for example, has five alternatives. Three would run down Wilshire Boulevard from the Purple Line's current end-of-the-line station in Koreatown, but only one would complete the "Subway to the Sea" vision. The two others would stop short -- one at UCLA; the another past the 405 Freeway at the Veterans Administration. Another two alternatives add a subway tunnel between Wilshire Boulevard and Hollywood via West Hollywood.