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Thursday Public Hearing on Westside Subway Extension

At the request of Beverly Hills, a public hearing on the location of the proposed Century City subway stop will be held.

A public hearing requested by Beverly Hills on the placement of a subway station in Century City will be held Thursday at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority headquarters.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. in the third floor boardroom at One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952.

The Metro board held off approving the entire Westside Subway Extension plan at its April 26 meeting after the on the placement of the Century City subway station a few days before the vote was to take place.

Instead, the Metro board  three more subway stops from Wilshire and Western to Wilshire and La Cienega. The board postponed a vote on the other proposed stops in Beverly Hills, Century City, Westwood and the Veterans Administration campus until the public hearing was held.

The Beverly Hills City Council and Beverly Hills Unified School District have opposed Metro's recommended placement of the Century City stop at Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars, which would involve putting the subway tunnel under Beverly Hills High School. Opposers say the subway would make the school an unsafe environment for students and staff, and could impede future construction on the campus. The city council has  and to "fully assert the City’s rights and to protect the City’s interests through the administrative process as Metro considers the final EIR[environmental impact report] and, if necessary, pursue litigation," Beverly Hills Mayor William Brien .

Beverly Hills Councilman Barry Brucker said the amount of time Beverly Hills officials had to publicly discuss the subway route with Metro's board was insufficient.

The public hearing will provide "a chance to ask our experts, ask Metro's experts on subjects that are certainly important to us all," Brucker said during the special meeting. 

The n, citing higher ridership numbers and a safer location for the subway than one on Santa Monica Boulevard.

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