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Purple Line Extension TBM art and naming contest announced


The Metro (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) in Los Angeles, is inviting students from kindergarten through to 12th grade to participate in an art and naming contest for the two TBMs that will dig the twin subway tunnels to connect three underground stations of Section 1 of the Purple Line Extension in Los Angeles. The TBM Art and Naming contest will run until the 15.10.2017.


The Purple Line Extension will extend the subway from its current terminus at Wilshire/Western Station in Koreatown for 14.5 km (9 miles) to Westwood with 7 new stations to be constructed in 3 phases: Wilshire/La Brea, Wilshire/Fairfax, Wilshire/La Cienega (Section 1); Wilshire/Rodeo, Century City/Contellation (Section 2); Westwood/UCLA and Westwood/Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital (Section 3).


The Purple Line Extension Transit Project Section 1 is under construction using a combination of TBM and an open-cut methods. The two TBMs, to be named, will be used to dig two parallel tunnels that will connect three new stations between Koreatown and Beverly Hills, travelling under Wilshire Boulevard. Each tunnel will take approximately 24 months to complete.


The TBMs will dig side by side starting at Wilshire/La Brea in the Miracle Mile section of Los Angeles and continue towards Wilshire/Western in Koreatown. Then they will be disassembled for transporting back to Wilshire/La Brea and then reassembled for the last leg of their journey through Wilshire/Fairfax and finishing at Wilshire/La Cienega in Beverly Hills. The TBMs will start work in Summer 2018 after they have been assembled and tested. Click here for tunnelbuilder archive. Visit https://www.metro.net/projects/purple-line-extension-tbm/. 37/17.


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