Beverly Hills Offers Metro Alternative Routes to Constellation Boulevard

The three proposed options would reach Constellation Boulevard in Century City without tunneling under Beverly Hills High School.

At  with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors, the city of Beverly Hills presented three options for reaching a subway station on Constellation Boulevard in Century City that do not require tunneling under .

Robert McMurry from Gilchrist & Rutter, who was commissioned by Beverly Hills, explained the alternative routes for the Century City portion of the Westside Subway Extension. The project is an expansion of the Purple Line to Beverly Hills, Century City, Westwood and the Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Many Beverly Hills civic leaders and residents support the subway but are , while others in Century City and Los Angeles have  of Metro's planned route, which calls for a subway going under the school.

For all the newly proposed alignment options, the Constellation Boulevard station would have to move farther west: 

Option 1

  • This alignment bends southwest to avoid the 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard site. The advantages are that it passes below the least amount of structures, would go beneath relatively shallow depths of identified foundations and/or parking levels, and does not interfere with planned construction at the 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard site. The disadvantages include relatively tight curves below these structures (there is an increased risk of large/unacceptable ground settlement in tight-radius curves) and the unknown foundation elements at one building it would go under.

Option 2

  • This alignment bends southwest with a relatively shallow curve compared to Option 1. The advantages are that it passes below most structures on a straight tunnel alignment with less risk (versus a tightly curved tunnel alignment) of excessive ground loss and settlement, goes beneath structures with relatively shallow depths of identified foundations and/or parking levels, and could accommodate a portion of the Constellation station (either crossover or station proper) in the vacant lot planned for construction staging of the project. The disadvantages include that it passes below the 10000 Santa Monica Boulevard site, the unknown foundation elements at one building it would go under, it's the farthest western relocation of Constellation station, and there are possible limitations to future development of the vacant corner lot at Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars.

Option 3

  • This alignment bends southwest with a curve relatively similar to Option 1. The advantage is that it provides the farthest east relocation of the Constellation station. The disadvantages include that it passes below the 1000 Santa Monica Boulevard site, underlies the most structures, curves beneath the most structures, and the unknown foundation elements at three buildings it would go under.

To see images of the three alternative routes, click through the gallery to the right. 

Do you think any of these three options would work? Tell us in the comments section below. 

Thomas Iodine June 07, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Well said.
George Vreeland Hill June 07, 2012 at 10:47 AM
I like these options. They make sense and would benefit Metro. Personally, I like option 2, but I am not in a position to make such decisions. Metro needs to seriously look this over. This offers hope. As I have said all along, I trust our leaders and the City of Beverly Hills.
Thomas Iodine June 07, 2012 at 10:47 AM
When you put "all" in all caps, did you do that to be funny? Many people--who don't live in Beverly Hills--frankly resent Beverly Hills residents for frivolously challenging the Westside Subway Extension. It's not hard to understand why, either. Beverly Hills blocked the Beverly Hills freeway in 1975, and to this day commuters pay the price in stress, gas and wear and tear as they sit in traffic along Wilshire, Santa Monica and Olympic Boulevards. Now BH is getting desperate because they're losing their battle against affordable transit, and they know it. BH is infamous for NIMBY behaviour. No use pretending BH gives a damn about anyone but themselves.
Thomas Iodine June 07, 2012 at 11:15 AM
By 1975, Beverly Hills had completely blocked the construction of what would have been called the Beverly Hills Freeway--an extension of CA 2 from the 101 at Vermont Ave that would have cut across BH/WeHo and intersected at the 405 near Wilshire Blvd. So when you hear about Beverly Hills trying to block the Westside Subway Extension, don't believe their platitudes about "safety" and "careful consideration." BH is simply self-absorbed NIMBY to the extreme, and they don't give a shit about the rest of the city. The BH Freeway would have alleviated traffic on the 10, 101, and 405 freeways, as well as Sepulveda, Fairfax, Wilshire, Melrose, Olympic and Santa Monica Blvd, just to name a few. They killed the BH Freeway and now we're paying for it every single day. I don't want this to happen again.
westwoodwolf June 07, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I was at the Beverly Hills special MTA hearing. I clearly understood what the purpose of the additional options volunteeered by Beverly Hills were: DELAYINC TACTICS! There is no justifiable reason for them. They unnecessarily add more study time. They complicate the most efficient subway route with unnecessary tight, technically problematic, track turns. And last, not least, they would create the same problems Beverly Hills Highscool claims for their property under other peoples property!


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