Westside Extension Meetings May 19, 2010 15:09:34 GMT -8
Post by masonite on May 19, 2010 15:09:34 GMT -8
1.) Named "Direct Connection", this is the shortest route. This route crosses Santa Monica at a sharp angle and heads up to Wilshire fairly quickly, before following Wilshire to Westwood Station. This is the easternmost route.
- Estimated cost: $680-720 million.
- Estimated travel time: 2.0-2.5 minutes.
- Estimated depth: 65-120 feet.
- Estimated # residential easements required: 56-69.
2.) Named "Cross Country", this is the next longer route. This route crosses Santa Monica at a narrow angle and meets Wilshire farther west than Direct Connection, before following Wilshire to Westwood Station. This route is located in between the other two routes.
- Estimated cost: $690-730 million.
- Estimated travel time: ~2.5 minutes.
- Estimated depth: 60-135 feet.
- Estimated # residential easements required: 75-110.
3.) Named "Westwood Loop", this is the longest route. This route heads down Santa Monica Boulevard to Westwood Boulevard, then heads north to Westwood Station. They would still require easements under houses, because this routing would need to swing to the east before getting to Westwood Station.
- Estimated cost: $820-830 million.
- Estimated travel time: 4.5 minutes.
- Estimated depth: 58-104 feet.
- Estimated # residential easements required: 30-65.
At this meeting support was strong for the subway and for the shortest route. Residents of course are in favor of the shortest travel time on the subway. (I'm sure residents are also ok with this because they will be paid very well for those easements, in exchange for giving up their purely-theoretical right to mine for minerals 50+ feet below their homes).
The only major concern expressed last night was for possible safety issues, but even those didn't seem too urgent. In fact, Metro made the case that the shortest route (Direct Connection) is probably easier to seismically engineer, since it crosses the Santa Monica Fault (underneath Santa Monica Blvd.) at a sharper angle. There was also some concern for traffic buildup at Westwood, due to people trying to get to the subway.
Nice summary. Thanks.
From this information, it seems like the Direct Connection is the most logical choice. I wonder when they will be making their recommendations on the alignment and Century City and Westwood station locations.
The Century City station seems like a no brainer in that virtually everyone supports the Avenue of the Stars location over SM Blvd.
For me, the Westwood station should be on Wilshire at Westwood, but the support for that location doesn't seem to be quite so universal. The construction certainly is going to be difficult to do at that location and that section of Wilshire is incredibly busy so I can appreciate them not wanting to do construction on Wilshire. I just think the other site is not very central so the farther east (and thus more central) the better at this key location. I'm glad both locations have portals on both sides of Wilshire as that is key on such a wide busy street. Making pedestrians cross Wilshire in masse would be a disaster.