The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has scheduled a public scoping meeting in Santa Monica Thursday, April 23rd, regarding the proposed Westside Subway Extension project, and invites public participation and input.

The public is encouraged to provide input at the meeting, scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

The scoping meeting initiates the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIS/EIR) process that was authorized by the Metro Board of Directors last January. The subway extension project is slated to receive partial funding from Measure R, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in November.

Metro staff say that two ìbuildî alternatives are moving forward for analysis in the Draft EIS/EIR ó a Wilshire Subway (Alternative 1) that extends the Metro Purple Line via Wilshire Boulevard, and; a Wilshire/West Hollywood Subway (Alternative 11) that incorporates all of the Wilshire Subway and also includes a spur from the Metro Red Line in Hollywood via Santa Monica Boulevard.

A ìno buildî alternative and a ìTransportation Systems Managementî alternative are also being considered as a required part of the environmental review process.

In January, the Metro board approved the two build alternatives for further environmental review and preliminary engineering. At the conclusion of this phase of evaluation for the project, the Metro Board of Directors will be asked to select a locally preferred alternative (LPA). Selection of an LPA precedes final environmental review, final engineering and construction.

For information, the Westside Subway Extension Project Web site at metro.net/westside/ or the project information line at (213) 922-6934.

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