More 'Subway to the Sea' Community Meetings Scheduled
As exploratory drilling for the possibility of a subway to the Westside continues to take place on city streets, Metro is gearing up for another set of community meetings for updates on the project (meeting info is below). Last Spring, public meetings gathered input on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (DEIS/R) process that is currently underway. Next month, they will present a summary of what was heard at those meetings, provide updates to possible route alternatives and discuss the subway construction process if the project goes forward.
Where does the project stand today?
Back in January, the Metro Board approved two possible projects, technically "build alternatives," for further environmental review and preliminary engineering, which is currently underway. Those two build alternatives are extending the Purple Line down Wilshire Blvd. westward and an alternative that includes the aforementioned Purple Line extension plus a Santa Monica Blvd. spur from the Hollywood/Highland Metro Red Line station that would meet up with the Purple Line on the Westside.
By law, Metro also has to study a "no build" alternative and a “Transportation Systems Management” alternative--basically, beefing up the current fleet, schedules and routes.
Once this process is over, the Metro Board will vote on their preferred alternative (many in the public hope for the Wilshire/Santa Monica one). Then Metro will move on to a final environmental review, final engineering and construction.