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Metro Purple Line expansion approved

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If all goes as planned, the Metro Purple Line will shuttle Angelenos to Westwood in three years. The Metro Board of Directors approved the extension on Thursday.

Los Angeles County supervisor and Metro board member Don Knabe read the vote. “Ladies and gentlemen, item 22 passes – history. Thank you all.”

The nine-mile extension will have seven stops – mainly along Wilshire Boulevard starting at La Brea. Metro engineers are still studying a couple of options for the Century City stop.

The Wilshire route would run the subway tunnel under Beverly Hills High School, and under many exclusive homes. L.A. mayor and Metro board member Antonio Villaraigosa says politics will not win out. "To the extent that we can get people to agree that science has to dictate this, not other considerations, I think we’ll move ahead."

Robert Tannenbaum is a former Beverly Hills Mayor and longtime resident. “They’re always claiming scientific truth and certainty.” He says his neighborhood approved a Purple Line stop, but at the time, the proposed tunnel ran along Santa Monica Boulevard – not Wilshire. “The people of Beverly Hills believe that we’ve been deceived.”

After the vote, Villaraigosa focused on the number of jobs the public works project would create. He says construction will start next year.