L.A. Does Seismic Testing for New Subway

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While residents in other parts of California (not to mention Haiti) are recovering from real earthquakes this week, residents of Century City and Westwood in Los Angeles have been feeling some simulated shaking.

The L.A. Metropolitan Transit Authority is doing some oddly timed seismic testing while trying to plot out a route for a $4 billion dollar subway extension on the west side of the city. The first phase expected is expected to open in 2019.

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is doing the work at night to limit the disturbance to the residents and traffic flow. It's aim is to identify the best environmental spots for tunnels and stations in the area. And if you are partial to one part of town or another being selected, this testing is for you.

Locals perceive the testing as a nuisance--no surprise there--but officials say disturbances should be minimal and limited to half an hour at a time. According to L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavksy, work in front of residences will be in decibels similar to daytime traffic--but in the middle of the night when people might want to be, you know, sleeping. Any residents with questions can call 213-922-6934, for emergencies 323-889-5311.

Metro CEO Art Leahy's memo to his staff gives information on the next steps in the process for this line. In short, testing in the area will conclude this week with further tests depending on this weeks information. An updated version of the the Draft of Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report 'should' be released for public review and public hearings this summer.

I do love a good public hearing. You?

(Photo: The "minivb," above, helps test the ground to see which spots can withstand excavation.)
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