Posted on 05/24/2021

The 2.5 mile subway extension connects Century City to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, marks the third section of the three-phase, 8.9 mile, 7-station project

LOS ANGELES —  Mayor Eric Garcetti today broke ground on a 2.5-mile subway extension of the Purple Line (Metro’s D Line) from Century City to Westwood, which will ease congestion and improve access to the Westside from Downtown Los Angeles.

“The Purple Line Expansion is the key that will unlock our transportation future and burst open doors of opportunity on the Westside — and today’s groundbreaking moves us one step closer to completely redefining our city’s relationship with public transit,” said Mayor Garcetti, who also serves as Metro Board Chair. “We promised Angelenos a world-class transit system when we passed Measure M, and this milestone is a clear indication of our commitment to make Los Angeles a more accessible, sustainable, and inclusive city.”

Scheduled for completion in 2027, Section 3 of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project is part of a larger three-phase, 8.9-mile, seven-station project that will extend the Purple Line from the current terminus at Wilshire/Western to the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center (VA) just west of the 405 Freeway. The 2.5-mile stretch will connect to the final station of the Purple Line Section 2 in Century City, and include one station at Westwood Village and another at the VA.

Metro is now actively building all three sections of the subway extension, which are planned to open in 2024, 2025 and 2027, respectively. The first section between Wilshire/Western and Beverly Hills is nearly 70 percent complete, and the Section 2 extension is now nearly 45 percent complete.

Metro has established a $3.6 billion budget for the Section 3 project, applying a $1.3 billion federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that will be delivered through a Full Funding Grant Agreement with the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program. The grant is a stand-alone agreement with no required loans. More than $2 billion for the project will come from the half-cent sales tax increases generated by Measures R and M, local measures approved by voters in 2008 and 2016. 

“I want to thank U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein for championing this project as a key member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “I also want to express my appreciation to FTA Deputy Administrator Nuria Fernandez, Vice President Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congressman Ted Lieu, and all members of the Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation for uniting behind this project and ensuring that federal funding would be prioritized for this important project. It is truly a project of regional and national significance.”

“This subway extension has been eagerly anticipated by my Westside constituents for decades, and it is finally becoming reality,” said L.A. County Supervisor and Metro Board Member Sheila Kuehl. “When we are able to skip the tremendous traffic between downtown L.A. and the Westside and take the subway instead, it will be a game changer for everyone in our region.”

“This new transit line, when fully built, will galvanize fast, frequent connections between our region’s growing rail and bus networks, giving Angelenos new opportunities to quickly get to their destinations,” said L.A. City Councilmember and Metro Board Member Mike Bonin. 

Prior to the pandemic, over 300,000 workers traveled into the Westside every morning, making it the second largest job center in the region. Upon completion, the Purple Line Extension is projected to carry about 49,300 daily weekday boardings at the seven new stations. There will be roughly 78,000 new daily trips on the full Metro Rail System as a result of opening this line.