Despite the Metropolitan Transit Authority board's decision approving the project, the City Council continues to oppose a Purple Line (formerly Westside Subway Extension) route that tunnels under Beverly HIlls High School. The Council passed a City Council Resolution in 2012 stating its positon. The City has also filed lawsuits in state and federal courts opposing the project. Those cases are pending in the court system.
Below are links to press releases, videos and reports documenting the City's involvement with the Purple Line project over the past few years:
City of Beverly Hills Files Lawsuit in Federal Court to Block Subway Funding
Metro Board Approves Subway under Beverly Hills High School
City of Beverly Hills to Provide Free Transportation to Metro Meetings on Westside Subway Extension
City of Beverly Hills\' Experts Point Out Weaknesses in Metro\'s Science
Metro Delays Vote on Subway Route Under Beverly Hills High School
At a public hearing on May 17, 2012 the City's experts cast serious doubt on the science behind the selection of the route under the high school. In addition, the City proposed three alternate routes that would avoid tunneling under the high school. Information presented by the City at the May 17 hearing include a video-taped testimony from geologist Dr. Roy Shlemon
October 19, 2011 Planning Meeting
At an Oct. 19 meeting of Metro's planning committee, Metro staff and consultants laid out the results of geoseismic studies indicating that earthquake faults make it unsafe to locate a Westside Subway Extension station on Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City. The City commissioned a separate, independent analysis of Metro’s seismic findings to determine whether, based on the latest technology, the most professional geotechnical procedures were followed and accurate conclusions were reached. The results are in the reports mentioned above.
Videos of the Oct. 19 meeting and a media briefing is available on YouTube in three parts:
Part 1: Oral report/presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Omx2BTIpzAk
Part 2: Committee discussion, questions and public comment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8ArVHVje-w
Part 3: News briefing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjHH10pmIz8
Click on the following link for additional information regarding the Westside Subway Extension Project (this will take you to Metro's website) or contact Metro's Project Information line at (213) 922-6934.
Independent studies commissioned by the City of Beverly Hills and correspondence with Metro are listed below: