LA Metro expansion - Purple Line and Regional Connector

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LA Metro expansion - Purple Line and Regional Connector
Posted by MikeF90 on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:54 PM

The existing Purple Line subway is being extended west, ultimately past UCLA to the VA complex just west of I-405: https://www.metro.net/projects/westside/  The first phase to Wilshire/La Cienega may be completed by 2023, and Metro wants the final phase to be complete by the 2028 Olympics.

As mentioned in other posts, the Regional Connector will link the existing Blue, Expo and Gold light rail lines into two lines; one will run from Santa Monica to east LA and the other from Long Beach to Asuza. Completion for use is expected in 2021: https://www.metro.net/projects/connector/

Due to the mostly underground nature of the construction, most photos are anticipated to be from Metro sources.

For a geographic overview, here is my Google map of Metro Rail stations: http://goo.gl/XQGpY9

It would be helpful if Purple Line and RC updates are put in separate posts.

Google Map links ---> Sunset Route overview, SoCal metro, Yuma sub, Gila sub, east of Tucson, BNSF Northern Transcon and Southern Transcon

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Posted by MikeF90 on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:02 PM

Purple Line updates:

The final SEIS was released by the FTA: http://thesource.metro.net/2017/12/01/final-supplemental-environmental-impact-statement-released-for-purple-line-extensions-second-segment/  Lots of wordy history to wade through.

Fossils are continuously being uncovered in this first phase of construction. Recently some rare mammoth remains were removed about a mile east of the famous La Brea tar pits: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/49849

Google Map links ---> Sunset Route overview, SoCal metro, Yuma sub, Gila sub, east of Tucson, BNSF Northern Transcon and Southern Transcon

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Posted by MikeF90 on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:13 PM

Regional Connector updates:

Start of cut-and-cover construction on Flower St.: http://thesource.metro.net/2017/09/06/flower-street-weekend-closures-begin-september-8-for-regional-connector-construction/

Photos of concrete pours at the Grand Ave station: http://thesource.metro.net/2017/12/06/fresh-pics-crews-prep-for-concrete-pour-at-future-grand-av-artsbunker-hill-station/

The TBM 'Angeli' excavating the second tunnel has reached the Grand Ave station box: http://thesource.metro.net/2017/12/11/video-regional-connector-tunneling-machine-reaches-another-milestone/  The first tunnel took much longer to build as numerous undocumented obstacles were encountered, such as a crumbling 100 y/o storm drain.

The TBM will now finish its employment by boring south to about 4th and Flower; this is near the location of the former Pacific Electric tunnel which has been penetrated in several places by newer high rise building foundations.

Google Map links ---> Sunset Route overview, SoCal metro, Yuma sub, Gila sub, east of Tucson, BNSF Northern Transcon and Southern Transcon

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