Mayor Garcetti breaks ground on second Purple Line Extension Project

The 2.6 mile subway extension from Wilshire/La Cienega to Century City is the second section of the three-phase, 8.9 mile, 7-station project

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti broke ground today on a 2.6-mile subway extension to expand the Purple Line from Wilshire/La Cienega to Century City, which will ease congestion and improve access to the Westside from Downtown Los Angeles.

“Today’s groundbreaking is a clear indication that this project to link Downtown L.A. to our region’s second-largest job center is on time and on budget,” said Mayor Garcetti, who serves as Metro Board Chair. “Angelenos deserve a world-class transportation system that takes the burden off their commutes, connects people with our countless sights and attractions, and makes Los Angeles a more accessible and sustainable City.”

Scheduled for completion in 2025, Section 2 of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project is part of a larger three-phase, 8.9-mile, seven-station construction project that will extend the Purple Line from the current terminus at Wilshire/Western to the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center just west of the 405 Freeway.

The Purple Line Extension Project is a key component of Mayor Garcetti’s Twenty-Eight by ’28 initiative, a plan to leverage dollars from Measure M — the largest local infrastructure measure in U.S. history — to complete and accelerate 28 new transportation projects across the region in time for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Section 1 of the Purple Line Extension Project, between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega, is now 30 percent complete and scheduled to open in 2023. The third and final section of the project from Century City to the VA Medical Center is planned to break ground by spring 2019 and open in 2026.

Metro has established a $2.53 billion budget for Section 2, including $1.5 billion from a federal grant and loan. The entire Purple Line Extension, with an expected cost of $6.3 billion, will be predominantly funded by County sales tax proceeds from Measure R — the half-cent sales tax Los Angeles County voters approved in 2008 — and Measure M, which will provide critically needed local funding to match federal contributions and accelerate construction work.

“Los Angeles laid out a bold vision for its future, and today’s groundbreaking marks a significant step in making that a reality,” said U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. “As we begin construction on the second phase, I remain committed to working with our local leaders and the federal government to complete the Purple Line Extension on time. I’m confident that by 2028, Los Angeles will have a world-class subway system when we welcome the world for the Summer Olympics.”

On January 27, Metro awarded a $1.37 billion contract to Tutor Perini and O&G to build Section 2 as a joint venture. Major construction efforts are slated to begin this spring when work crews create a launch area for a tunnel boring machine at the planned Century City station.

According to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Purple Line Section 2 project will create over 20,500 jobs over the next decade.

“We now have the funding and the contractor in place to continue building this massive transit project,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. “We have the nation’s most ambitious transportation infrastructure program and it will create thousands of new direct and indirect jobs and contribute greatly to our county’s economic growth.”

“By extending the Purple Line to the Westside, we are making good on our commitment to better serve and connect the great neighborhoods of Los Angeles and to give people a real alternative to sitting in traffic,” said Councilmember and Metro Board Member Mike Bonin. “I’m thrilled to see progress for this much anticipated project that will truly move Los Angeles forward.”

Upon completion, the Purple Line Extension is projected to generate about 49,300 daily weekday boardings at its seven stations and an additional 78,000 new daily trips on the full Metro Rail system. Trains are expected to run every four minutes during peak periods and every 10 minutes during off hours.