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

First phase of the Los Angeles Metro Purple Line extension project gets funding.

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.

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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