The Purple Line Extension is Finally Getting Underway

Call it groundbreaking news

Let the first phase of the Purple Line Extension project commence!

It only took 53 years (the project was first proposed in 1961), but ground was broken at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art at 10:15 a.m. this morning, where mayor Garcetti rang in the occasion alongside a pile of dirt, 15 festive shovels, and a life-size Purple Line rail car. “The Purple Line will ease traffic along the congested Wilshire corridor and will make traveling from the West Side to downtown faster and greener,” Garcetti (who, FYI, is also the Metro Board Chair) said. “We are right now investing 36 billion dollars in our transportation infrastructure to ease congestion and create thousands of jobs. All together, this is the largest public works project in the nation.”

The “first phase” of the project will see 3.9 miles of track built between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega with new stations at La Brea, Fairfax, and La Cienega. Expect to start your ride sometime in 2023.