Investments will support progress on subway as construction moves ahead to West Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today joined U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Metro officials to announce nearly $1.5 billion in new grants and loans for extension of the Metro Purple Line Extension to Beverly Hills and Century City.
“Angelenos and people across L.A. County have shown their commitment to creating a better-connected transportation system — and this investment echoes that commitment to giving people faster, more convenient connections to their jobs, to healthy recreation fun attractions, and to the people they love,” said Mayor Garcetti, who serves as Metro First Vice Chair. “We are moving quickly to create the world-class transit system our people deserve, and these federal funds for the Purple Line extension will accelerate progress along the region’s busiest transit corridor.”
The Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) received a $1.187 billion construction grant agreement through the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program, as well as approval for a $307 million loan through the Department of Transportation’s innovative TIFIA program — for a total of $1.487 billion. The project also will receive $169 million in federal funding through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program.
Coupled with Metro’s $836 million local match made possible by the Measure R and recently-passed Measure M, providing $2.5 billion now designated to continue construction of one of L.A. County’s most critical public transit projects — a subway primarily underneath Wilshire Boulevard that will connect Downtown to West Los Angeles.
Metro is now building the first section of the subway extension between Wilshire/Western to Wilshire/La Cienega. The second section will add another 2.6 miles to the project, with two new stations at Wilshire/Rodeo and Century City. According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, construction of the Purple Line Extension will support over 25,000 jobs in the Southern California area.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. Created in 1993, Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County.
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