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Metro seeks public input on Westside subway extension

April 13, 2009 |  4:10 pm

Starting tonight, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold six public "scoping" meetings on the Westside subway extension project. These meetings begin the environmental review process for the project, which is slated to receive partial funding from Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters last November.

Two “build” alternatives are moving forward for analysis in the draft environmental impact report: A Wilshire subway that extends the Metro Purple Line via Wilshire Boulevard and a Wilshire/West Hollywood subway that incorporates all of the Wilshire subway and also includes a spur from the Metro Red Line in Hollywood via Santa Monica Boulevard. For more information, see the Metro's subway extension website.

Here is the schedule, including an April 22 meeting that Metro has added for the Koreatown/Mid-Wilshire/Wilshire Center area:

Wilshire/Fairfax area, 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, West Terrace Room, 5th Floor, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. This area is served by Metro lines 20, 720, 920, 217 and 780. Validated parking is available in the underground structure at 6th Street and Ogden Drive.

West Hollywood, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. (at Plummer Place), West Hollywood. This area is served by Metro line 4. Free parking for vehicles and bikes is available at the location.

Beverly Hills, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Beverly Hills Public Library, Auditorium, 2nd Floor, 444 N. Rexford Drive. This area is served by Metro lines 4, 14, 16 and 704. Free two-hour parking is available in the adjacent structure. 

Westwood area, 6 to 8 p.m. April 20, Westwood Presbyterian Church, 10822 Wilshire Blvd. This area is served by Metro lines 20, 720 and 920. Free parking is available at the location.

Koreatown/Mid-Wilshire/Wilshire Center area, 5 to 7 p.m. April 22, Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd. This area is served by Metro lines 20, 210, 710 and 720. Free parking is available at the site.

Santa Monica, 6 to 8 p.m. April 23, Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. This area is served by Metro lines 4, 20, 33, 333 and 720 and Santa Monica Big Blue Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Validated parking for vehicles and bikes is available.

--Martha Groves

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