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FAQs

Want to find out more about the Purpleline? The answers to the most frequently asked questions can be found below.

  • When will the subway stations in Beverly Hills open?
  • Was the Purple (D Line) Extension project subject to the environmental clearance or environmental impact report process?
  • Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns about the Purple (D Line) Extension?
  • Who do I contact in case of an emergency?
  • Will construction prevent emergency vehicles from getting through the area?
  • How do I stay informed of project updates throughout construction?
  • Is it safe to have a subway tunnel run under my property?
  • What precautions will be taken to ensure that tunneling is safe in gassy soil?
  • Will I still be able to drive on Wilshire Blvd.?
  • How will the project help keep traffic moving during construction?
  • How will the City protect residential streets and neighborhoods from an increase in cut-through traffic?
  • How can I access my local businesses during construction?
  • How will I know if a street is closed?
  • Will the contractor be parking their vehicles on the street?
  • Will street parking be removed during construction?
  • Who do I call if my car was towed?
  • How loud will construction be?
  • How has the contractor worked to reduce noise levels near the work sites?
  • What is North Portal and when will it open?
  • Why will the North Portal be located at Beverly Drive?
  • What is Connect Beverly Hills and when will it be installed?
  • What is a mobility hub?
  • When will the mobility hub open?

Metro will open the stations for public use in three sections. Section 1, which includes the Wilshire/La Cienega Station, is expected to be open in 2024. Section 2, which includes the Wilshire/Rodeo Station and Century City/Constellation Station, is anticipated to open in 2025. The full extension to Westwood is expected to be completed and ready for public use in 2027.

Dates are subject to change.

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The project is required to meet Federal and State requirements set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). As part of the environmental review process, an extensive Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/EIR) was prepared.

In April and May 2012, the Metro Board of Directors approved the project and certified the environmental review documents. A Record of Decision (ROD) was issued by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), which determined that the project satisfied the federal and state requirements of NEPA and CEQA. For more information and to access these reports, visit: https://www.metro.net/projects/westside/westside-reports/.

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You can contact the Metro project team by an email to purplelineext@metro.net or by calling the 24-hour project hotline at 213.922.6934.

You can also contact the City’s project team by sending an email to purpleline@beverlyhills.org or by calling Public Works Customer Service at 310.285.2467.

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If there is a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. For other emergencies, you can call the Beverly Hills Police Department at 310.550.4951.

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The Beverly Hills Police and Fire departments are in close coordination with Metro and their contractors. They attend regular meetings to review traffic control plans and make sure access is maintained for emergency vehicles.

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You can sign up to receive regular construction updates and meeting notices to your inbox at Metro’s project website. If you prefer to stay updated through social media, you can follow the project on Facebook and Twitter (@purplelineext). You can also visit the City’s project website for weekly construction updates.

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The future subway will operate mostly under Wilshire Blvd. There are segments, however, where the tunnel will pass below homes and businesses in the southwest neighborhood of the City and Beverly Hills High School. The tunnel will also travel beneath homes and businesses between Century City and Westwood.

The subway tunnels will generally be between 50 and 70 feet below the surface, reaching depths greater than 100 feet in some areas. Few, if any, impacts are expected at the surface from tunnel construction. Unlike the subway stations, which are excavated from the street surface, tunnels are dug completely below ground using the latest tunneling technology. All tunnels are engineered to withstand the weight of soil and structures, as well as potential seismic events.

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Subway tunnels will be dug and built by using closed-face, pressurized tunnel boring machines (TBMs). During construction, these TBMs will reduce gas exposure for workers and the public, and gassy soil and tar sands will be treated and disposed of. Enhanced ventilation systems will also be used to ensure tunnel and station safety.

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Yes, Wilshire Blvd. will remain open to vehicles during the construction of the two subway stations in Beverly Hills. However, while most construction activities occur inside the staging yards, behind construction barriers, and below the street surfaces, there will be times when traffic lanes or streets will be closed.

All traffic control must be reviewed and approved by the City of Beverly Hills. Notifications will be electronically and hand-delivered to residents and businesses with details of any proposed closures and impacts. Residents can also stay informed through the project’s social media channels, electronic construction notices, and updates posted weekly to the City’s project website.

The City project team and Metro also closely coordinate with GPS applications (Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze) to ensure they reflect turn restrictions and street closures.

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During construction, the project team will adjust traffic signals or restrict turns based on traffic volumes and construction, which will optimize traffic flow as much as possible and maintain a safe environment for motorists, pedestrians, and construction workers.

The project also conducted a comprehensive traffic study to understand the magnitude of traffic impacts during construction. As a result of that study, construction activities and work hours are planned to minimize impacts during peak traffic hours. These traffic control plans are developed using strategies like those used in the recent Freeway 405 improvements.

The project team is committed to keeping the community informed of the work progress. Drivers will be advised in advance of traffic impacts due to construction via media announcements (local newspaper ads, social media posts, project website updates, and emails), electronic message boards on the roadway, and advanced traffic control measures like detours.

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Metro coordinates with Los Angeles and Beverly Hills when developing traffic control plans. Each plan must be reviewed and approved before the contractor can begin any related work.

The plans submitted by Metro must identify modifications for major intersections that would keep traffic moving around neighborhoods, including turn restrictions to reduce opportunities for cut-through traffic. Other strategies include electronic message boards to inform drivers of alternate routes and the deployment of traffic control officers at identified locations.

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Certain construction activities will impact traffic lanes, turns, crosswalks, sidewalks, parking, and some streets. Outreach will be performed well in advance on any street closures. As part of the outreach, Metro will identify and provide alternate routes.

Most businesses within the construction areas have parking areas accessible from side streets. However, for those businesses whose parking areas are only accessible from Wilshire Blvd., Metro will continue to coordinate access during construction.

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When street closures are required, the contractor will place detour signs to direct drivers to the appropriate route. The contractor will also place electronic message boards announcing detours and closures along the roadway. Metro and their contractor are responsible for notifying the community of any closure dates and their duration in advance of all street closures.

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All construction-related vehicles are prohibited from parking on any City streets. An Independent Compliance Monitor (ICM) and City inspectors will enforce this restriction throughout construction, ensuring street parking remains available to residents and visitors.

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When on-street parking is eliminated due to the project, Metro will provide replacement parking in nearby parking structures at no cost to the public. Metro will advertise these locations during the monthly community meetings.

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Please contact Public Works Customer Service by calling 310.285.2467.

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As part of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) negotiations, Metro and the City established pre-existing noise levels near the project work sites. The MOA places strict limits on allowable noise levels and identifies potential financial penalties for noise violations. The Independent Compliance Monitor (ICM) is responsible for measuring noise levels and enforcing limits during all construction activities. For more information on the allowable noise levels at the Wilshire/La Cienega Station, visit Article XIV of the Section 1 MOA (page 24). For information regarding allowable noise levels at the Wilshire/Rodeo Station, visit Article XIV of the Section 2 MOA (page 28).

To minimize noise impacts, the contractors have installed fencing and sound walls around all staging areas. Also, noise-monitoring equipment is used and maintained in areas where heavy equipment is in use.

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Metro contractors have implemented several measures to reduce impacts related to noise levels during construction. Some of these include:

  • Using sound blankets as needed for loud activities and/or equipment.
  • Adding sound-dampeners to construction equipment, such as cranes.
  • Modifying construction vehicles to use low impact back-up alarms.
  • Installing upgraded sound blankets at the La Cienega Yard to increase sound absorption.
  • Building 20-foot sound walls around all staging yards.

 In addition, the following site-specific measures are implemented within Beverly Hills:

  • For La Cienega Station (Section 1), the ventilation fans at the staging yard are wrapped with sound blankets and fan speeds are reduced when workers are not present in the underground tunnel.
  • For Rodeo Station (Section 2), a 20-foot sound wall has been installed across N. Canon Dr. near Wilshire Blvd. to protect businesses from construction impacts since late 2019. Silencers have also been installed on the ventilation system to reduce noise levels.

The Independent Compliance Monitor will continue to monitor noise levels and enforce noise threshold limits during all construction activities.

 

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The North Portal will provide a second entrance/exit for the Wilshire/Rodeo Station on the north side of Wilshire Blvd., just west of N. Beverly Dr. This will provide subway riders with direct access to and from jobs, stores, and amenities in the Business Triangle. This will also improve pedestrian flow and minimize street crossings on Wilshire Blvd.

While the City intends for the North Portal to open at the same time as the Wilshire/Rodeo Station (late 2025), the opening date depends on grant funding availability and requirements.

For more details about the North Portal project, including related documents, please visit the City’s North Portal website.

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The City studied three locations for the North Portal as part of the environmental review process: the west side of N. Beverly Dr., the west side of N. Cañon Dr., and the Cañon Staging Yard. Due to the proximity to the center of the Business Triangle and overwhelming community support, the City Council selected the Beverly Drive location.

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Connect Beverly Hills is a place making and urban design project to develop a series of streetscape plans and design standards for commercial streets in Beverly Hills. The goal is to provide consistent, uniform, and attractive streets that are immediately recognizable as Beverly Hills because of their unique look and feel. Connect Beverly Hills implements the Complete Streets Plan, which was adopted in April 2021 and recommends developing streetscape plans and design standards for streets identified on the Pedestrian Enhanced Network map.

Final streetscape plans for commercial streets in the City will be implemented in phases. They will be incorporated into public and private projects that reconstruct the public right-of-way, such as Metro subway construction, the City’s Capital Improvements Program, and private development projects.

To learn more about Connect Beverly Hills, visit https://connect.beverlyhills.org/.

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A mobility hub concentrates transportation functions on one site to improve transit access and can include community serving amenities and other functions.

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The mobility hub at the La Cienega Station cannot be constructed until Metro vacates the property and the construction site can be demobilized. Construction of the mobility hub is anticipated to begin as early as 2024.

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