How to save 1 Hour on your Commute time if you live in West LA

Dec 10, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Do you live on the Westside?

If you do, you know how much of a hassle taking Metro can be. But don’t get me wrong, I really like Metro, but their service to the Westside isn’t the greatest.

If I want to get to downtown LA, either I have to take a Rapid Bus to the Subway, or I have to take the Rapid bus all the way there.

During the day, the time for either of these rides is about an 1 hour and 20 minutes, and that doesn’t include the wait time.

But, that could all be changing.

Currently in the final environmental and engineering analysis stage, the Westside Subway Extension aka the Purple Line Extension, is on the move.

Details still have to be ironed out, but at least the final route has been planned:

When all is said and done, it should take only 25 minutes to get from the Union station to the Veteran’s Administration in West LA, a savings of almost an hour.

Some salient facts that are what’s known right now as to the proposed Metro Subway Extension:

  • The Purple Line Extension will be built in what Metro refers to as Minimum Operable Segments. The first segment (MOS 1) west is not sure to include a Crenshaw/Wilshire stop, but quite sure to have stations at Wilshire/La Brea & Wilshire/Fairfax.
  • This will be a subway, not light-rail.
  • Federal criteria on ridership levels must be met to receive Federal Funding.
  • Environmental Impact Studies are not yet complete.
  • When finished, it will take about another year to complete engineering design, prepare bid documents and award construction contracts.
  • Based on this schedule, construction of the subway could begin in 2013. Notice that it says ‘could’.
  • Measure R is the source of funding. It allocates money to a variety of transportation projects throughout the County over that time period. It’s funds are not entirely available for the westbound subway.
  • The cost estimates are based on 2008 Dollars.
  • Parking at Stations: They are leaning away from providing parking. Land values in the path of the subway are high, and the purpose is to get people out of their cars. In some areas that already have parking, it remains a possibility.
  • Cyclists will be able to transport their bikes.
  • MOS 2 (Year 2026) would extend to Century City. MOS 3 (Year 2036) would extend to Westwood/I-405 with stations being evaluated at UCLA and the VA Hospital.

As with all good things, it takes time.

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