The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) in the US has started utility relocation work in the Mid-Wilshire district for the $6.3bn Westside Subway Extension project.
The project will extend Los Angeles’ Purple Line nine miles from its current endpoint of Wilshire Boulevard – Western Avenue to a station at the Veterans Medical Center in West Los Angeles.
A utility team has started to relocate telecommunication lines in preparation for the construction of a future subway station near Wilshire Boulevard between La Brea Avenue and Detroit Street.
Over the next year and a half, the LA Metro will carry out the utility relocation work at Wilshire – Western and the future Wilshire – Fairfax and Wilshire – La Cienega stations.
Work on the Metro’s overall preconstruction activities will also include securing a construction contractor, acquiring the necessary real estate, continuing field testing and conducting ongoing community outreach.
Development of the Purple Line extension will be carried out in three phases, with the first involving the construction of subway stations and tunnels between Wilshire – Western and Wilshire – La Cienega.
Construction on subway stations and tunnels is scheduled to start in 2014 and complete in 2023.
The project’s second phase will include the construction of 2.6 miles of subway service and the new Wilshire – Rodeo and Century City stations, which are scheduled to be completed in 2026.
The Purple Line extension’s last phase will include the addition of another 2.9 miles to the service and two new stations at Westwood – UCLA and Westwood – VA Hospital, to be operational in 2036.
The Purple Line will have a total of seven new subway stations, which will be used by an estimated 49,300 people.
The opening of the extended line will see close to 78,000 new daily trips on the city’s Metro Rail System.