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  by lpetrich
New video: constructing the Crenshaw/LAX Line | The Source "We’re beginning with the Crenshaw/LAX Line because it’s the furthest along and 91 percent complete as of this writing. The 8.5-mile, $2.058-billion light rail line is scheduled to open next year with eight new stations serving the Crenshaw Corridor, Inglewood, Westchester and the LAX communities."

New video: Building the Regional Connector | The Source "The project is currently 56 percent complete with a scheduled opening in 2022."

A similar video is coming up about the LA Purple Line.
  by lpetrich
Fresh video: Building the Purple Line Extension to the Westside | The Source

FTA gives Metro go ahead to start work on stations, track and systems on Section 3 of Purple Line Extension | The Source Referring to a Full Funding Grant Agreement with the Federal Transit Administration, "Again, in plain English, the FFGA is not a completely done deal yet but the FTA’s actions this week indicates the deal is progressing well."

Over at LA Metro's page Purple Line Extension, I find that stage 1 has lots of construction notices, while stages 2 and 3 are in preconstruction, including searches for utilities. For stage 2, I find Constellation Blvd. Closure at Century Park East, Beginning September 21 for a tunnel-boring-machine launch box near the planned Century City station. The closure will be for some 9 - 15 months.
  by lpetrich
Metro hires a contractor to build the Purple Line subway to West L.A. - more evidence of them going ahead with the third segment of the three planned ones. The first two segments are now under construction.

Metro prepares to upgrade the Valley’s popular Orange Line bus route - Curbed LA This bus-rapid-transit line will get crossing gates and elevated stations, in preparation for conversion to light rail.

Community meetings to be held to discuss first/last mile plans for East San Fernando Valley light rail project | The Source - it will go north from the Orange Line in Van Nuys Blvd., and then northeast. It will turn into San Fernando Blvd. and go northwest to Sylmar.
  by Jeff Smith
https://www.progressiverailroading.com/ ... nus--57818
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) earlier this week announced that its first tunnel boring machine has broken through from the Wilshire/La Brea Station site to the Wilshire/Western Terminus in Los Angeles.

The boring machine is one of two being used to mine parallel subway tunnels to extend LA Metro’s Purple Line from the current Wilshire/Western Terminus to the Wilshire/La Brea Station site.
The $9.8-billion, 9-mile underground subway project ultimately will extend LA Metro’s Purple Line from its current terminus in Koreatown to Westwood/VA Hospital in West Los Angeles.
  by lpetrich
Purple Line Extension Section 1 tunnel boring machine breaks through to Wilshire/Western | The Source
The 1,000-ton, 400-feet long TBM named “Soyeon” burrowed through the last remaining cluster of soil 50 to 70 feet below busy Wilshire Boulevard Tuesday afternoon, June 11. The TBM is one of two TBMs to mine approximately two miles of parallel subway tunnels between the future Wilshire/La Brea Station and the existing Wilshire/Western Station.
Soyeon took 8 months to dig all that way. That TBM will be joined later this month by its companion TBM, Elsie. That TBM is digging the other of the two bores of the Purple Line's tunnel. The two TBM's will then be disassembled, taken back to La Brea, reassembled, and made to tunnel westward to Wilshire-La Cienega. This tunneling should be done by mid-2020.

“Harriet” and “Ruth” will dig tunnels for Purple Line Extension between Beverly Hills and Century City; artwork for TBMs unveiled | The Source Tunneling should begin in early 2020.

Crenshaw/LAX Line pics and getting to and from LAX: HWR, June 13 | The Source -- pictures of the line from an airliner.
  by lpetrich
Second tunnel boring machine on Purple Line Extension reaches Wilshire/Western Station | The Source
It’s official. Elsie, Metro’s second tunnel boring machine for the first section of the Purple Line Extension, has made it to Wilshire/Western Station in Koreatown. The Goliath-sized TBM made it to the station at 3:57 p.m. on Thursday (June 27) — the tunnel at left in the above photo.
  by lpetrich
Construction Authority signs construction contract for $2.1-billion Foothill Gold Line project - The Source
It will be built out from Glendora to Pomona by 2025 (9 mi), with Pomona to Montclair done in 2028 (3 mi) if enough money can be found.

Metro staff studies building Initial Operating Segments on West Santa Ana Branch project - The Source - essentially building the outer parts first.

IOS-1 goes from a station on the Green Line in Paramount out to Pioneer station in Artesia.
IOS-2 goes from Slauson station on the Blue Line to that Green Line Paramount station, and then includes IOS-1.
The rest of the line is from Slauson to downtown LA.

LA Metro's news blog, The Source - Metro News & Reviews has a Spanish version: El Pasajero ("The Passenger")