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LA County Metro releases 'Subway to the Sea' plan

Right now, commuters who want to get from Wilshire/Western to Santa Monica must take a bus for about an hour and a half.
Right now, commuters who want to get from Wilshire/Western to Santa Monica must take a bus for about an hour and a half.
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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority unveiled a $5.6 billion rail plan Monday. They say L.A. voters helped to pay for it when they approved Measure R, a half-cent sales tax increase, four years ago.

Metro has dubbed its latest westward subway expansion a clear example of tax dollars at work.

The planned route, which will stretch the Purple Line past Wilshire/Western and into West L.A., could take 10 years to complete — or longer, depending on the fuss the route’s neighbors might raise.

That has been one obstacle to earlier proposals that would continue the Purple Line subway from Wilshire and Western toward Santa Monica. The latest plan maps out seven new stops, including La Cienega Boulevard, Century City and the Veterans Administration hospital in West L.A.

Transit planners say future riders could whisk between downtown and Westwood in as little as 25 minutes.

Metro’s still weighing seismic studies and ridership projections. For the next month, it will also accept public comment during open house events from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Metro also encourages people to share questions, concerns and suggestions about the plan at their website.