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Beverly Hills News – BHUSD and City of Beverly Hills File Against MTA Purple LIne Extension Approval

Posted Friday July 11, 2014 3:30 pm

The Beverly Hills Unified School District and the City of Beverly Hills late Thursday filed requests for summary judgment in their lawsuits against the Federal Transit Authority (FTA), which is providing funding for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) Purple Line Extension project through Beverly Hills.

The School District and the City maintain that the FTA did not properly comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and other federal laws, when it approved funding for the project.

“We believe that the FTA did not properly and independently analyze and mitigate the impacts of this project on our local community, as it is required to do by federal law,” said Beverly Hills City Attorney Larry Wiener.

“The School District’s papers say that approval of the project was inappropriate because the timing of the environmental analysis and decision was contrary to the NEPA statute,” said Jennifer S. Recine counsel to BHUSD.

The School District and the City of Beverly Hills continue to support the extension of the Purple Line (the Westside Subway Extension), including the two stops to be constructed in the City of Beverly Hills, but oppose the change to the alignment that results in the subway tunnel running underneath Beverly Hills High School as it leaves the City.

A copy of the City’s summary judgment motion is posted on the City’s website at www.beverlyhills.org/subway. The motions are scheduled to be considered by federal

District Court Judge George Wu on December 4, 2014. A complete set of documents relating to this litigation is available through the Federal courts.

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