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Westside Subway Report Released: it Won't Relieve Westside Traffic Congestion, but Does that Matter?

One of the Westside Subway Extensions under consideration. See them all here. | Image via Metro
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Just as Metro did for the regional connector, Metro today released the draft environmental report for the Westside Subway Extension, the proposed project that would extend the Purple Line down Wilshire Boulevard and possibly add a spur in West Hollywood.

But just as soon as it was released, fuel was added to opposition's fire. "Westside subway extension won’t do much to ease traffic, MTA report says," the LA Times wrote in a breaking news e-mail alert, linking to their story.

The Times says by 2035, a subway on the westside will only reduce automobile traffic congestion by around 1%, thanks to population growth.