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Beverly Hills' Response to Metro's Delayed Subway Vote

The BH City Council's request for an additional public comment period has been granted, according to the following press release from the City of Beverly Hills.

The following is a press release from the City of Beverly Hills.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on the location of the Century City station of the Westside Subway Extension and granted the City of Beverly Hills’ request for a public hearing.

The Metro Board of Directors approved the project only up to La Cienega and Wilshire boulevards, and delayed approval of the stations west of La Cienega, including the Century City station. 

“We are very pleased that Metro agreed to delay their final decision on the proposed Constellation Boulevard station and tunnel alignment," said Mayor William W. Brien, M.D. "We look forward to a full public hearing and a more thorough environmental review of the subway project.” 

The City of Beverly Hills is a long-time supporter of the Westside Subway Extension. A citizens committee worked closely with Metro to locate two stops in Beverly Hills: one on Wilshire and La Cienega boulevards, and the other on Wilshire Boulevard and Beverly Drive.

Opposition to the proposed route arose when Metro revealed its proposal to locate a subway stop on Constellation Boulevard, which meant an alignment that . 

A tunnel under the high school would limit the Beverly Hills School District's ability to expand and build for the future. The subway as proposed cuts directly underneath the only area of campus that is suitable for modernizing and expanding the school’s aging and inadequate facilities. 

“Completing the necessary upgrades to our high school according to strict state of California standards—with a subway tunnel in place—would likely either be impossible or too expensive for the district,” Mayor Brien said. 

In addition, the City of Beverly Hills commissioned Exponent Inc. and Shannon & Wilson, two of the most highly respected engineering firms in the business, to analyze the EIR data released by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Their experts have about some of Metro’s justifications for locating the subway stop on Constellation Boulevard. In particular, they concluded that had been done to rule out a subway stop along Santa Monica Boulevard, which is the City of Beverly Hills' locally preferred route.

cutop April 29, 2012 at 07:44 PM
The discussion continue here: http://www.reddit.com/r/beverlyhills/
BHHS ALUM April 30, 2012 at 02:52 AM
The subway will bring more money, and it's going to happen eventually. Metro made a smart choice with the delay. By the time Korbatov and all the other unreasonables are out Metro can start all over.
Joe Parker April 30, 2012 at 03:55 AM
That's a great idea! MTA should wait until Korbatov is no longer on the board of BHUSD. That could be 26 years or longer. In case no one noticed, Lisa is rather popular and she could be elected over and over and over again. OR, Metro could eat crow, acknowledge that their science is bunk, and put the station on Santa Monica Blvd.
Carol Spencer April 30, 2012 at 07:03 PM
To centurycitysubway.org, your question is not relevant.
centurycitysubway.org April 30, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Carol: Why is it not relevant? Metro declared the area an Alquist-Priolo zone. Three 30+ story skyscrapers are planned for that same area. According to California law, all buildings in an Alquist-Priolo zone must be designated as such. It's perfectly relevant to this discussion. That is unless you are concerned that the area really isn't as dangerous as Metro is making it to be.

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