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Drilling begins today in study of Westside subway proposal

July 12, 2009 |  8:14 am

Workers will be drilling into the earth and collecting soil samples beginning today as part of a study of the proposed subway to the Westside.

Soil samples will be collected today at Wilshire Boulevard and Stanley Drive today in Beverly Hills and later this week in Hollywood, Century City and the Miracle Mile. According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the drilling is designed to  "assess conditions below the ground" for the Westside subway extension's environmental impact report.

L.A. transit officials for decades dreamed of building the "Subway to the Sea," a project that would connect L.A.'s rail transit system to the Westside. The original plan was for the subway to run down Wilshire Boulevard, but there are now several alternative routes.

It remains unclear whether officials can afford to build the project. The MTA is now in the process of building the Expo Line into the Westside, a light rail line that would go from downtown L.A. to Culver City and eventually to Santa Monica.

-- Shelby Grad