LA breaks ground on next phase of subway expansion

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Officials pose with a full-size mockup of a subway car at a groundbreaking ceremony for extension of LA's Purple Line subway.
LA Metro

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles has broken ground on the next section of its Purple Line subway, which will serve Beverly Hills and Century City.

In a Feb. 23 ceremony, LA Metro representatives joined with local, state, and federal officials to break ground near the site of the planned Century City station on the 2.6-mile Phase 2 of the three-phase project to extend the subway from downtown to Westwood. Major construction is slated to begin this spring with creation of a site to launch a tunnel-boring machine near the location of the ceremony.

Phase 1 of the project, a 4-mile segment from Wilshire and Western in Koreatown to Wilshire and La Cienega in Beverly Hills, is already under construction and is slated to open in 2023. Phase 2 is planned for a 2025 opening with Phase 3, to Westwood, to open in 2026.

The budget for Phase 2 is $2.53 billion.

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