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Purple Line's Westside extension gets $2.1 billion in federal funding

Purple Line's Westside extension gets $2.1 billion in federal funding
Construction crews continue to dig an exploratory shaft 70-feet deep in preparation for the future Purple Line. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Metro Purple Line extension project, which will expand the heavy rail line, will receive $2.1 billion in federal funding, officials said Tuesday.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Sens. Dianne Feintsein and Barbara Boxer on Wednesday plan to announce a $1.25-million federal grant package for the first phase of the nine-mile subway extension.

Funding will also come from a $856-million loan from the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program.

The transit project plans to add seven stops between the Wilshire/Western and Westwood/Veterans Administration Hospital stations.

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The Purple Line will allow passengers traveling from downtown Los Angeles to visit the Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills, Century City and Westwood.

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