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MTA ‘Final EIR’ Favors BHHS Tunnel, Constellation Station

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The document, entitled “Westside Subway Extension Final EIS/EIR – Century City Station Analysis” presents three different station locations, two on Santa Monica Boulevard and one at Constellation and Avenue of the Stars.

The Constellation station location is the focal point of controversy within Beverly Hills as that location calls for the tunnel under Beverly Hills High School.

The two locations on Santa Monica Boulevard include the original MTA location at Avenue of the Stars and the second location, at Century Park East, proposed by Mayor Barry Brucker and Vice Mayor Willie Brien.

The report presents arguments favoring crossing a fault not paralleling it. According to the report, the Santa Monica station route would allegedly parallel the fault while the Constellation station route under BHHS would cross it. Following that argument, Constellation and the BHHS tunnel would be the choice.

The report, which can be found on bhcourier.com, shows only one earthquake fault – the Santa Monica fault – and no other faults within the area.

The report appears designed to build a factual case for the sharp turn south from Wilshire Boulevard under BHHS to reach the Constellation station. The report lists the proposed decision criteria with “route to proposed station” being the most important. The report then contains information about the ease of tunneling through oil fields (BHHS has an oilfield undernearth), lack of noise and vibration and “Why Operate Under Private Property.” Another page shows the various routes between Beverly Hills and Westwood. The route marked “direct connector” which avoids the BHHS tunnel would appear to be the best route but is not supported by the narrative portion.

The report states that the final decision will be made by the MTA board in “Summer/Fall 2011” with the final report due in Fall 2011.

The Courier asked MTA Spokesman Dave Sotero if any final documents had been produced and he pointed to the MTA website as having all of the up-to-date information. He also said the newest information was from the community update meetings last month.

The Beverly Hills Unified School District is contesting the proposed route under BHHS.

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