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$100 Million in Federal Grants Earmarked for Purple Line Extension to West L.A.

Crews work on the Metro Purple Line subway at La Brea and Wilshire in 2017. The $9-billion, nine-mile project will connect West Los Angeles to downtown by rail. (Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

Crews work on the Metro Purple Line subway at La Brea and Wilshire in 2017. The $9-billion, nine-mile project will connect West Los Angeles to downtown by rail. (Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles County subway project that will whisk commuters from the Westside to downtown in less than half an hour will receive $100 million in federal grants next year, the Federal Transit Administration said Wednesday.

The federal funds are earmarked for the final leg of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s $9-billion project to extend the Purple Line from its terminus in Koreatown to a station near the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus, just west of the 405 Freeway.

Most of the nine-mile subway extension will run beneath Wilshire Boulevard, which is the busiest transit corridor in Los Angeles County and has one of the highest concentrations of jobs and housing in Southern California. The project is expected to generate 78,000 new daily trips on the county’s growing rail system.

Metro spokesman Dave Sotero said the agency is “grateful for the positive and productive working relationship” with federal officials.

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