This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Metro's Purple Line May Finish Construction A Whole Decade Ahead Of Schedule
2035. Who can even imagine what the world will be like then. Will I be alive, still? Will the Earth be flooded, or the air still breathable? Will we all be living on Mars? Whatever the world of 2035 will be like, L.A. had set that year to finish construction of the Purple Line extension: a nine-mile project extending the Metro's Purple Line subway from its current Wilshire/Western terminus out to the West L.A. Veteran Affairs Hospital.
In November, Los Angeles County voters passed Measure M—a half-cent sales tax increase that will generate some $860 million in annual revenue for new public transportation projects. Now, the fruit of this passage is coming to bear. On Friday, Metro announced that Section 3 of the extension (Century City/Constellation to Westwood/VA Hospital) will begin construction in 2018, with a planned completion of 2024.
2024? You mean, only six-and-a-half years from now? Color me impressed.
Section 3: Century City to Westwood Field Work 5/23-5/26 https://t.co/ubPe7uCiyZ— Metro Purple (D Line) Extension Transit Project (@PurpleLineExt) May 20, 2017
Los Angeles is using the Purple Line's completion as a selling point for its Olympic bid. According to the L.A. 2024 bid book, the Purple Line will help ease traffic and accessibility for the games, and will promote a shift in Angelenos' behavior towards public transit.
The Olympic and Paralympic Games offer an incredible opportunity to shift the perception of LA’s public transport for visitors and residents alike.
LA 2024 is working closely with LA transit authorities to accelerate the Metro Purple Line extension to Westwood and the Automated People Mover at LAX. This acceleration and promotion of public transit through the Games will dramatically impact the accessibility and productivity of public transit options for visitors landing at LAX, residents traveling to and from the airport, and daily commuters in need of public transit options across the City.
But there is a catch: the plan's acceleration is also dependent on federal money. According to the Daily Bruin, the federal matching funds "still need to be allocated and approved every year as part of Congress’s budget." No small feat in today's political climate.
“For those of us who have driven this part of Los Angeles, it can take 20 minutes to go three blocks,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said in January during an announcement of the Extension's construction plans, reports the Los Angeles Daily News. “Now, when this is done, it will be 20 minutes to downtown Los Angeles.”
Who knows about 2035, but 2024 is starting to sound like a magical place.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.