Showdown nearing on Century City subway stop

MTA wants the stop at Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars, conveniently located for CC workers. But a group of Bev Hills elected officials and activists say that MTA would have the subway run under Bev Hills High, which they argue is a bad idea for all sorts of seismic reasons. I don't have the first clue on whether their claims are justified, but many of the experts seem to think not. From an LAT editorial:

The objections have little merit. Beverly Hills activists want the MTA to adopt an earlier plan to locate the Century City station on Santa Monica Boulevard, yet seismic studies, reviewed by some of the nation's top experts on earthquakes and tunneling, ruled that out because there are active fault lines in the area; studies show no such faults affecting the Constellation Boulevard location. The city of Beverly Hills commissioned two studies of its own. One concluded that more research was needed on the dangers of tunneling under the high school, and the other essentially agreed with the MTA that the Santa Monica Boulevard location is not feasible.

The final environmental impact report will be presented to the MTA board on Thursday morning. But the city of Bev Hills is requesting a public hearing on the subway station, so it's a good bet that there will be more pushing and shoving. L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Bev Hills City Councilman Barry Brucker were on Larry Mantle's "Airtalk" today to talk about the dispute.

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