Third phase of Purple Line extension gets green light

County officials approved $410M contract with San Fernando Valley contractor for third phase

Los Angeles /
Jul.July 05, 2018 01:15 PM
City, state, and county officials celebrate groundbreaking on the overall Purple Line Extension project in 2014 (Credit: Neon Tommy via Flickr)

Work on the final leg of the Purple Line Extension can now officially start.

Officials with the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority signed off on a $410 million contract on Thursday to build 2.6 miles of tunnels between Century City and the Veterans Administration hospital in Westwood.

The contract was awarded to the Sylmar-based construction firm Tutor Perini Corporation, according to a company press release.

Tutor expects to start work within 90 days and wrap up by the end of 2022. It’s the third and final phase of the Purple Line extension project. Construction started on phase 2 in February after the project secured Federal funding. Tutor is also working on that phase of the project.

While significant, the $410 million project is only part of the third phase of the extension project, which Metro estimates will take an additional four years to complete and open for service.

When completed, it would be the first Metro line to reach into Westwood, where the nearest existing heavy rail line is the Expo Line connecting Downtown to Santa Monica. It would give the neighborhood a direct shot to Downtown.

Altogether, the Purple Line extension will cost around $6.3 billion. It will be paid by tax hikes approved by voters in 2008 and 2016, the latter being Measure M.

The Purple Line could lead to denser development in the area, which is mostly characterized by single-family homes. It could incentivize developers to take advantage of density bonuses granted for building near transit and could attract people looking to commute to Downtown for work via public transit. And it could also ease traffic in the area.

The Purple Line could connect with a hypothetical 10-mile transit line connecting Sherman Oaks and Westwood via the Sepulveda Pass, a project proposed by Metro to ease traffic on Interstate 405 and the fumes from that traffic. Metro authorities are currently conducting a feasibility project.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
466-unit residential tower planned for The Bloc in DTLA
466-unit residential tower planned for The Bloc in DTLA
466-unit residential tower planned for The Bloc in DTLA
Onni Group wants apartments in place of Long Beach strip mall
Onni Group wants apartments in place of Long Beach strip mall
Onni Group wants apartments in place of Long Beach strip mall
Shopoff Realty Investments CEO and Bill Shopoff
Shopoff master plan: 1,460 acres, 3,650 residential units
Shopoff master plan: 1,460 acres, 3,650 residential units
Environmental group drops suit over 6,700-acre Tejon Ranch project
Environmental group drops suit over 6,700-acre Tejon Ranch project
Environmental group drops suit over 6,700-acre Tejon Ranch project
Poll: Majority of LA County residents support duplex law
Poll: Majority of LA County residents support duplex law
Poll: Majority of LA County residents support duplex law
Sam Nazarian (Getty, iStock)
Coachella resort fraudster duped Sam Nazarian
Coachella resort fraudster duped Sam Nazarian
 A rendering of 11611 Ventura Boulevard (Urbal Architecture)
145-unit assisted living facility set for Studio City
145-unit assisted living facility set for Studio City
Red Oak Investments' Alex Wong and A-1 Trailer Park (Google Maps, Red Oak)
Presto on PCH: apartment developer plans to make trailer park disappear
Presto on PCH: apartment developer plans to make trailer park disappear
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...