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There's been some talk of making the Purple Line subway for Wilshire Blvd. actually veer off and go through West Hollywood or even making an additional line, say the Pink Line. As Wad explains on MetroRiderLA:
The Purple Line is a 21-hour system committed to solving a 6-hour problem. The bulk of ridership would be coming from rush-hour work trips. But the offices generate very little activity during mid-days and virtually none on weekends... [snip]
WeHo, to its credit, has shown that it is ready for a major investment. Besides the miserable traffic, WeHo has multiunit residences, heavy pedestrian activity and some of the heaviest bus patronage in the county. WeHo would not need to be altered to become “transit-ready”. Beverly Hills, on the other hand, sees minimal pedestrian activity along Wilshire Boulevard. What pedestrian activity does occur is along the touristy diagonal boulevards connecting Wilshire and Santa Monica. So, if the subway were to go through WeHo first, it would actually deliver pedestrians closer to these streets via Santa Monica than Wilshire.
Map by Wad of MetroRiderLA