LA Purple Line celebrates halfway milestone

6 June 2019

US – Los Angeles' Purple Line Extension project celebrated a major milestone on June 2—the halfway completion mark for construction on Section 1, the first four-mile subway section between Koreatown and Beverly Hills, Stantec announced on June 4.

It is part of the Westside Extension Support Team (WEST) joint venture and providing construction management support services to assist the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) in overseeing the design-build station and tunnel contracts, and design-bid-build utility contracts for the extension.

The project, which comprises three different construction sections, is set to significantly improve mobility between downtown Los Angeles and West Los Angeles. Stantec’s services include administration of the construction contracts and documenting that construction is completed safely and to Metro’s contract specifications.

The critically important Purple Line Extension Project will provide a high-capacity, reliable transit alternative for commuters to travel between downtown Los Angeles, the Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills, Century City, and Westwood, where stations will be near UCLA and the VA Hospital. From the current terminus at Wilshire/Western, the Purple Line will extend westward for about nine miles and add seven new stations, providing easy access to the Westside, the region’s second-largest job center. Travel time between downtown Los Angeles and Westwood is expected to be about 25 minutes. Section 1 of the Purple Line project will add three new stations at Wilshire and La Cienega, Wilshire and Fairfax, and Wilshire and La Brea, as well as a new maintenance of way facility. A pair of tunnel-boring machines (TBMs), named Elsie and Soyeon, began work on the four miles of tunnels required for Section 1 in October 2018.

“Reaching the ‘halfway there’ mark is an exciting milestone in this critical transit project,” said Paul Ryan, Stantec’s administrative project manager overseeing the construction support services contract. “We are honored to collaborate with Metro as we work to provide greater transit options for residents of Los Angeles. It’s exciting to see how far we’ve come.”

Stantec has worked with Metro for more than a decade and previously provided construction management support services for the Interstate 405 – Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project which improves travel between the San Fernando Valley, the Westside and Los Angeles International Airport. In addition to the Purple Line Extension Section 1, Stantec is currently involved in several critical LA-area transportation projects with LA Metro, including providing construction management support on the Crenshaw/LAX Corridor project; providing construction management support for the Southwestern Yard Maintenance Facility; and leading the design for the new Willowbrook/Rosa Parks Station Improvement project, which will expand and provide a more efficient passenger experience at one of LA’s busiest Metro stations.

“We are proud to have a longstanding relationship with Metro, one of the largest public transit agencies in the U.S.,” said Dean Palumbo, Stantec senior vice president and principal in charge on Purple Line Extension Section 1. “Purple Line Extension Section 1 is the latest in a long line of impactful projects for which we’ve supported Metro, and we are proud to see it reach such a significant milestone. Once complete, the Purple Line project will make a tangible difference in the lives of Angelenos, significantly reducing cross-city travel time.”