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Beverly Hills Plans for Second Entrance at Wilshire/Rodeo Station

BEVERLY HILLS — The Purple Line’s forthcoming Wilshire/Rodeo Station in Beverly Hills may have something rare among Los Angeles County’s subway stops: a second entrance.

In fact, the City and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority are in the process of evaluating a secondary north portal for the Wilshire/Rodeo Station on Metro’s Westside Purple Line Extension.

The underground station is part of the Purple Line Extension Section 2 that will extend Metro’s subway to downtown Beverly Hills and Century City.

The original plan was to have one entrance for the Metro’s Wilshire/Rodeo Station located under Wilshire Boulevard, with the main entrance on the southwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Reeves Drive.

According to a notice distributed this week by the city, the northern entrance could be located at one of three sites, including the northwest corner of Wilshire and Beverly Drive.

The other two locations are the northwest corner of Wilshire and Canon Drive, or the northeast corner of that same intersection – currently being used as a staging area for subway construction.

The City will identify a station location for the North Portal station entrance/exit through the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The process will involve evaluation and screening of alternatives, as well as intensive community engagement and public outreach efforts.

On September 19th, a scoping meeting is scheduled. The three potential exit/entrance locations will be presented. The public is invited to comment and attend.

Scoping Meeting Information: 

What:  Public Scoping Meeting
When: September 19, 2019; 6 – 8 PM
Where: Beverly Hills City Hall Municipal Gallery
Open House: 6 PM
Presentation: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

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While early construction has already been wreaking havoc with local traffic, the station will be a godsend to residents desiring faster mobility around town.

The proposed secondary North Portal entrance for the Wilshire/Rodeo Station would provide direct access to dense commercial activity centers located north of Wilshire Boulevard.

An entrance on the north side of Wilshire will allow easier access to Beverly Hills’ central business and tourist hub – the “Golden Triangle” – which is bounded by Canon Drive to the east, Wilshire Boulevard to the South, and Santa Monica Boulevard to the north. 

Rodeo Drive, the famed retail corridor for which the subway station is named, runs through the center of this district.

The deal negotiated by Metro and the City of Beverly Hills could also provide Wilshire/Rodeo Station with another rare amenity in the County’s growing rail network: public restrooms.  However, the facilities would not be located within the station itself, but rather in a private development to be built above.

Metro’s Purple Line extension will allow rail service to continue westward from Wilshire/Western Station in Koreatown to a new terminus at the Veterans Administration Campus, with intermediate stops in the Mid-Wilshire district, Beverly Hills, Century City, and Westwood. 

The completed extension, scheduled to enter service in 2025, is expected to attract approximately 62,000 daily riders.

Comments may be received during the scoping period from September 5, 2019 through October 7, 2019. They can be submitted during the scoping period in the following ways.

By email: NorthPortal@beverlyhills.org
By mail:
City of Beverly Hills – Transportation Planning
Attn: Jessie Holzer
455 North Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

For questions or if you need special assistance to attend the meeting, please contact the Transportation Planning Division at (310) 285-1128 or transportation@beverlyhills.org.

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