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Beverly Hills loses its latest challenge to stop the Purple Line extension

The Red, Purple, Blue and Expo Lines meet at 7th Street/Metro Center Station in Downtown L.A.
The Red, Purple, Blue and Expo Lines meet at 7th Street/Metro Center Station in Downtown L.A.
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The controversial Purple Line extension that would include a tunnel under Beverly Hills High School has won another round in court. 

On Friday a judge upheld federal approval of the subway project. That means Metro can move forward with finalizing a federal grant and a federally-backed loan totaling $1.5 billion. The money will help pay to extend the subway from Beverly Hills to Century City. 

Beverly Hills and its school district had sued to block the tunnel. They say it would be too close to an earthquake fault that runs along Santa Monica Boulevard. 

The tunnel's opponents found one ray of hope in the judge's ruling. He ordered the federal government to re-do parts of its environmental review of the project.

Metro is currently in the midst of 22 weeks of weekend closures along Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile area. The reason? Ongoing construction to extend the Purple Line westward from its current terminus at Wilshire and Western in Koreatown.