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USA: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is to recommend to the board the award of a contract to build the Section 2 of the Purple Line extension. A joint venture of Tutor Perini and O&G has been selected to build the second phase of the metro extension to Century City/Constellation.

This follows the Department of Transportation’s announcement at the start of January that it will provide $1·6bn in federal grants and loans towards the $2·5bn project.

Section 2 would run for 4·2 km from Wilshire/La Cienega to Century City/Constellation, with an intermediate station at Wilshire/Rodeo. Opening is expected in 2026.

The first section of the Purple Line extension is under construction between Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega. In December Metro had selected CRRC MA Corp to supply 34 metro cars for the extension, in addition to 30 to replace older rolling stock, but losing bidder Hyundai Rotem has contested the decision.