Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has received $1.5bn in new grants and loans to extend the Purple Line Extension to Beverly Hills and Century City in the US.

Formerly known as the Westside Subway Extension, the Purple Line Extension is a new rail subway corridor in Los Angeles County and extends the line from its existing terminus at Wilshire/Western station in Los Angeles to the Westside region.

The corridor is currently under construction and is set to become part of the Los Angeles County Metro Rail System.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “Angelenos and people across LA 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.

“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.”

"These federal funds for the Purple Line extension will accelerate progress along the region’s busiest transit corridor."

Metro received a construction grant of $1.187bn through the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant programme, and approval for a loan amounting to $307m through the US Department of Transportation’s TIFIA programme.

The project will also receive $169m in federal funding through the congestion mitigation and air quality programmes.

Metro is currently building the first section of the subway extension between Wilshire/Western to Wilshire/La Cienega.

Adding another 2.6 miles to the project, the second section will have two new stations at Wilshire/Rodeo and Century City.

The Los Angeles County Economic Development noted that construction of the Purple Line Extension will support more than 25,000 jobs in the Southern California area.


Image: Mayor Garcetti announcing almost $1.5bn in new funds for the Purple Line Expansion. Photo: courtesy of Mayor Eric Garcetti/flickr.