Tuesday, July 21, 2009

LA Metro to hold meetings on Westside Subway Extension

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold five community meetings on the Westside Subway Extension Project to provide an update on Metro’s continued progress with this project.

In April, Metro held six public scoping meetings to obtain community input to help shape the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (DEIS/R) process that is currently underway. Metro now will present a summary of what was heard during the scoping period, provide an update as Metro continues to refine the alternatives, and discuss the potential subway construction process.

The scoping meetings held in April initiate the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report process that was authorized by the Metro Board of Directors last January. The Westside Subway Extension 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 EIS/EIR: 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. A “No Build” alternative and a “Transportation Systems Management” alternative are also being considered as a required part of the environmental review process.

In January 2009, the Metro Board approved the two Build alternatives for further environmental review and preliminary engineering. At the conclusion of this phase of evaluation for the project the Metro Board of Directors will be asked to select a Locally Preferred Alternative. Selection of an LPA precedes final environmental review final engineering and construction.

Content presented at these meetings will be identical so members of the public can attend on the day and location most convenient for them.
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