L.A. Metro Receives FTA Funding for Purple Line Extension Project

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has received $100 million in funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the third and final section of the Metro Purple Line Extension Project. The funding will be used for the existing tunneling contract, its stations, track and systems contract, and advanced utility relocation work.

“We are encouraged that the FTA has chosen to direct $100 million toward building the Westside Purple Line Extension Project,” remarked James Butts, City of Inglewood Mayor and Metro Board Chair. “This money will go specifically to our third project section that will help us reach Westwood, UCLA and the West LA Medical Center.”

“The FTA has been and continues to be a critical federal funding partner as we work to provide greater mobility options for L.A. County residents,” added Butts. “We at Metro are deeply appreciative to Acting FTA Administrator K. Jane Williams and her outstanding staff today for making these funds available. We look forward to concluding our long-term funding agreement with the FTA for this section of the Purple Line later this year.”

The 2.56-mile section three Purple Line Extension will travel between Century City and Westwood/VA Hospital and include two new subway stations. The second and third project sections are being built by Tutor Perini O&G, a Joint Venture.  The 9-mile line is expected to open by 2027. 

“The Purple Line Extension will be a game changer for L.A. County, bringing fast, frequent subway service to connect our region’s two biggest population centers,” said Phillip A. Washington, Metro CEO. “Our progress to date would not be possible without the unflagging commitment of our federal partners. With the full support of U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Acting Administrator Jane Williams has smartly guided this project through the FTA’s approval process. We look forward to crossing the proverbial finish line to completely fund this project soon as we cement our Full Funding Grant Agreement.”

The funding is the second $100 million allocation from the FTA for section three and comes from the FTA’s Fiscal Year 2019 Capital Investment Grants Program. Metro has requested $1.3 billion in funding and anticipates a grant agreement in the months ahead. The total cost for the third section of the project is $3.6 billion.