Starting Monday night, Metro officials will conduct a series of community update meetings across the Westside 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 currently 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 ran into controversy 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 said the concerns are overblown, and the train should go below the homes and the school to better serve office buildings and condos at Century City.
The first meeting is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Monday at the LACMA West Building (the landmark May Company store), 5905 Wilshire Blvd. The second meeting will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Westwood United Methodist Church, 10497 Wilshire Blvd.
The final meeting will be 6-8 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Roxbury Park auditorium, 471 S. Roxbury Dr., Beverly Hills.
Correction: A previous version of this story indicated plans for a station at Wilshire and Crenshaw boulevards was up for discussion. That option has been dropped.