Metro Secures $1.3B to Extend Purple Line Subway to West L.A.

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The first phase of Metro Purple Line construction in Mid-Wilshire is seen in this undated photo. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The first phase of Metro Purple Line construction in Mid-Wilshire is seen in this undated photo. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The long-awaited Los Angeles County subway line that will whisk commuters between downtown and the Westside has secured the last major piece of funding needed to finish the project, officials said Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority expects to formally accept a $1.3-billion federal grant for the Purple Line in about a month, following a mandatory 30-day review period in Congress, officials said.

After the congressional review period ends, Metro can “redouble our work to establish a fast and effective rail line,” said Inglewood Mayor James Butts, the chair of the Metro board, in a statement.

The funding agreement was announced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who said in a statement that connecting downtown with the Westside is “crucial to modernizing the city’s transit system.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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