Metro to Hold Subway Community Meetings Starting Wednesday

Metro officials Wednesday will hold another in a series of community update meetings to share information about the proposed Wilshire Boulevard subway extension between Western Avenue and the Brentwood area.

The "Westside Subway Extension Project" would bring underground Purple Line trains across the Miracle Mile and Fairfax districts, Beverly Hills and Century City, then across Westwood. The project is in the final Environmental Impact Statement process.

The $5.2 billion project is scheduled for completion in 2022, although that date hinges on whether the federal government will lend Metro money to build it faster, with the loan to repaid by tax dollars already approved by county voters.

The subway route has run into some opposition in Beverly Hills, where residents fear construction disruption and noise from subway trains if the line is built below homes near Beverly Hills High School. Train proponents say the concerns are overblown, and the train should go below the homes and school to better serve office buildings and condos at Century City.

Similar concerns have been raised by some homeowners south of Wilshire Boulevard in the Westwood area.

A station that had been proposed at Wilshire and Crenshaw boulevards near Hancock Park has been removed from the plans.

Wednesday's meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Westwood United Methodist Church, 10497 Wilshire Blvd. Another meeting is set for 6 p.m. Monday at the Roxbury Park auditorium, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills.

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