Court Upholds EIR for Westside Subway Project

The Westside Subway Extension public transit project will extend the heavy-rail Purple Line from downtown to the Westside of Los Angeles, bringing much needed relief from the infamous traffic congestion of Los Angeles. Due to concerns about seismic safety and the desire to locate stations with the highest ridership potential, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority selected an alignment that would travel under Beverly Hills High School. This alignment drew opposition from the Beverly Hills Unified School District and the City of Beverly Hills. The school district and the city both filed CEQA lawsuits; the city also argued that Metro did not properly conduct a hearing for the project. In a published opinion, the Second District Court of Appeal upheld the EIR for the project and determined that Metro properly conducted the hearing on the project. RMM attorneys Whit Manley, Tiffany Wright and Laura Harris represent Metro. A summary of the case can be found here.