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Metro Approves Disputed Subway Stop Into Westside

The board is moving forward with plans to extend the Purple Line through Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood to reach the Veterans Administration.

Plans were approved Thursday to dig a tunnel under Beverly Hills High School as part of the Purple Line subway's extension into the Westside.

In approving the plans with a 7-2 vote, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority rejected the city of Beverly Hills' claims that the planned route for tunneling under the school campus was not as safe as  alternate routes.

The board has already approved the extension of the subway to La Cienega Boulevard and Wilshire Boulevard.

When the $5.6 billion extension of the Purple Line is complete, riders will be able to travel from downtown to Westwood in 25 minutes, according to Metro officials, who predict an average 49,300 weekday boardings.

For full coverage of Thursday's Metro board meeting, visit Westwood-Century City Patch and Beverly Hills Patch.

Eddie Greenberg May 25, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Now that is good news! A subway will definately be an enormous help to that area.Speed can be achieved and this will indeed increase ridership. Rather than add to the clutter of traffic by a Metro on the surface this subway is thinking big and smart. No doubt there are those who disagree but my opinion is my own.

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