BHUSD Files Suit to Block Westside Subway Route

The action could prevent Metro from routing the subway under Beverly Hills High School.

The Beverly Hills Unified School District filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court asking a judge to set aside the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's . 

The lawsuit argues that the MTA should not be allowed to move forward with plans for the extension, , because it violates the California Environmental Quality Act, a statute that requires state and local agencies to identify significant environmental impacts potentially caused by their actions—and to avoid or mitigate those impacts. 

The project's Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report calls for tunneling under Beverly Hills High School, which  due to safety concerns.

According to a statement released by BHUSD's legal team:

Metro failed to comply with CEQA “due to a rush‐to‐judgment” in locating the Westside Subway Extension station in Century City at Constellation Boulevard. The lawsuit alleges that the Metro board made its decision without considering the full and complete information about alternatives needed to adequately make an informed choice.

"It is unfortunate that the MTA has turned a deaf ear to our concerns and forced the district to go to court in order to get a fair hearing," BHUSD Board of Education President Brian Goldberg told Patch. "We are pleased that the process is moving forward and we will finally have an opportunity to present our data, witnesses, and cross examine witnesses—something that we were denied by the MTA board at the ."

The controversial Westside Subway Extension is a $5.6 billion expansion of the Purple Line to Beverly Hills, Century City, Westwood and the Veterans Administration Medical Center.

At a public hearing requested by the city of Beverly Hills, attorneys hired by the city presented the Metro Board of Directors with  for reaching a station on Constellation Boulevard that did not require tunneling under BHHS.

To read BHUSD's CEQA challenge against Metro, see the PDF file attached to this article. 

Do you support the lawsuit filed by the Beverly Hills Unified School District? Tell us in the comments below.

Joe Parker June 07, 2012 at 08:40 AM
Raptus, it's stupid that you would have such thoughts, and then get sick over them. I'm sure the veterans and their families wouldn't mind if the motive for tunneling under the cemetery was to better serve thousands of UCLA students now and in the future. But then, does Metro care about students? Certainly not those in Beverly Hills.
Robert Tinker June 11, 2012 at 06:30 PM
David Keene Leavitt July 20, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Is it really possible that the United States is fuil of subway tracks that do not go under high schools? How long has it been that any or us have read or heard of a subway collapse anywhere in this country - or anyplace else in peacetime - absent terrorist activity? Having lived in Beverly Hills for 60 years, and remembering the demise (under the auspices of legislator Tony Bielensen and his friends) of the Beverly Hills Freeway in the 1960s - which was a never-ending loss to our city when it might have cost a small fraction of today's expenses - I favor building the subway wherever the owners think best, in the absence of convincing evidence of danger which, so far, we do not have. The Beverly Hills lawsuit does more damage to the residents and businesspeople of our city than to anyone else. It should be abandoned. David Keene Leavitt.
Lewis Hall July 23, 2012 at 04:50 PM
California schools are under the auspices of the Field Act and the Dept. of State Architects that have done an amazing job of ensuring safe schools in this state. Since 1936, not one K-12 school has been substantially damaged during an earthquake, even when it's sat on the epicenter. But no public school has ever been built over a subway tunnel in California. Even if DSA allows the school to be built, a "bridge" will need to be constructed over this shallow tunnel and that could cost millions. The simple solution is to move the tunnel 1,000 feet north, but this is not what the rich developers in Century City want. That the proposed route under the school runs through active and inactive oil wells raises serious safety concerns compounded by the fact that Metro has neither done a qualified nor a quantified risk assessment of the routes.
Simon July 25, 2012 at 06:34 AM
@Lewis. Please cite your evidence for your "bridge" reference. And moving the stop 1,000 feet north is not a "simple solution" as you untruthfully claim. That area sits on top of an earthquake fault that experts--unpaid by Metro--say is unsafe. You may not ride the subway but the millions of people who will deserve a safe station, as well as one that is convenient to the job center. Thanks for your spin, though!


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