The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro or MTA) will conduct a meeting at the Santa Monica Public Library Thursday, October 18th, to obtain public comment on the agency’s Westside Transit Corridor Study.

The study will analyze various transit alternatives and environmental impacts for the possible extension of the Metro Red Line or Purple Line to West Los Angeles.

The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica.

Agency consultants will evaluate potential environmental impacts for several transit modes, including Bus Rapid Transit on dedicated lanes, at-grade or aerial Light Rail Transit, subway or aerial heavy rail.

Metro’s Alternatives Analysis Study is the first step in the environmental clearance process. The Metro board of directors will determine whether to move the project forward to subsequent environmental review stages based in part on the results of this study, according to Metro.

Possible destinations along the Westside Extension Transit Corridor include Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, the Fairfax District, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood/ UCLA.

The meeting will provide the public a first opportunity to learn about the several alternatives in detail and provide input. Metro will provide a review of the proposed project goals and objectives, present opportunities to speak with project representatives, display maps and photographs of various transit alternatives and allow the public’s submission of written and verbal comments.

Those unable to attend the meeting can submit their comments by writing to David Mieger, AICP, project manager and deputy executive officer, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Mail Stop: 99-22-5, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles 90012.

Comments may also be submitted through the “contact us” page of the project Web site at www.metro.net/westside, or by phone on the project information line, (213) 922-6932.

Comments should be received no later than Thursday, November 1st.

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