Los Angeles' Purple Line getting $1.25 billion federal promise

Metro's Purple Line currently ends at Wilshire and Western.
Metro's Purple Line currently ends at Wilshire and Western.
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Los Angeles is one step closer to extending a subway route to the L.A. County Museum of Art. Wednesday morning, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will announce a new grant for Metro's Purple Line. 

The money won't quite complete the vaunted subway-to-the-sea, but it will take riders of the Purple Line from Union Station west to La Cienega Blvd. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti will join Secretary Foxx, both California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, and other members of Congress on Capitol Hill to announce the $1.25 billion grant. 

This is the second big federal chunk of change for the Purple Line. The Department of Transportation has already loaned the project $856 million, to be repaid from a sales tax hike approved by L.A. County voters.

Metro also has received loans for the Regional Connector, which will link the Gold and Blue lines downtown, and the Green Line extension, which promises to reach L.A. International Airport.

But competition going forward will tougher as cities across the country apply for the transportation loan program. 

The Purple Line extension won't reach La Cienega until 2024. After that, Metro wants the Purple Line to go under Beverly Hills and end on the west side of Los Angeles. Opponents of the extension have sued, saying the tracks should not go under Beverly Hills High School.

This story has been updated.