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Century City Mailer for Web

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Westside Subway Extension
Subway Planning in the Century City Area
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Many of you have followed Metro’s planning for theWestside Subway Extension. There has been a great deal of interest in your neighborhoods about the studies involvingthe location of the Century City station and tunnels.Metro contractors have conducted extensive geotechnicalinvestigations to learn more about soil and seismicconditions, oil well locations, potential noise and vibration,and possible impacts for current or future buildings.Analysis of this information, including all back-up data andmaterial, was recently released in two technical reports. Asummary of the reports was presented to Metro’s Planningand Programming Committee by a panel of technicalexperts and an independent review panel comprised of internationally recognized experts in geology, seismology,and engineering.Please visit us online at
to learnmore about the subway, view the reports, videos of the presentation to the Metro Board, and the experts’biographies. A full set of the reports is available at boththe Beverly Hills Public Library (444 N Rexford Dr) and theWestwood Public Library (1246 Glendon Av).This document provides you with a brief summary of thefindings of the studies. Please note that no decision hasbeen made by the Metro Board to date. It is anticipatedthat the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Report
will be released in early 2012 for a 45-day publicreview period before it is presented to the Metro Board fortheir consideration.
In October 2010, the Metro Board asked for a detailedinvestigation of technical issues regarding the location of the Century City station for the Westside Subway Extensionand tunnels in the area. Since then, more than 200 fieldtests were conducted in the area. The data were analyzedand reviewed and two technical reports produced–theTunnel Safety Report and the Fault Investigation Report.
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Dear Beverly Hills, Century City & Westwood area neighbors:
What were the conclusions of the studies?
The studies concluded that (1) there is not a viable location anywhere on Santa Monica Blfor a Century City station due to the presence of two active fault zones; (2) Constellation Blis outside of active fault zones and is a viable station location; and (3) that the tunnels andstations can be built to be safe and without impacting people or property located above them.
What did the studies find aboutthe fault zones in this area?
Santa Monica Bl lies within the Santa Monica fault zone from west of Century Park West toeast of Avenue of the Stars. The originally proposed Santa Monica Bl Station at Avenue of theStars would be directly within the fault zone. The studies found that the West Beverly HillsLineament (
is a northern extension of the Newport-Inglewood fault zone. In this area,the zone has several well-defined strands along the eastern edge of Century City and westernedge of Beverly Hills. A proposed station location on Santa Monica Bl at Century Park Eastwould straddle the
.The studies found that the station location on Constellation Bl would not be within an activefault zone and is a viable option for a station location. The Constellation Bl Station site issouth and west of both active fault zones.
Active Santa MonicaFault ZoneSanta MonicaFault ZoneHolocene ActivityUndeterminedCentury CityConstellation StationCentury City SantaMonica StationTunnelsTunnels
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Active West Beverly Hills Lineament/Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone
Fault traceFault zone area
Note: The fault locations shown are maintraces and additional faults andground deformation exist betweenthe fault traces shown.
How could the Constellation sitebe safe for a station? It’s stillclose to the active fault zones.
Throughout our active seismic region, we have to deal with ground shaking as a result of earthquakes. There is a di
erence between a location in an active fault zone where groundrupture or deformation could occur and an area where ground shaking occurs. No subwaystations have been built in known active fault zones in North America. Modern engineeringtechniques have been developed to address the ability of structures, including subwaystations, to withstand ground shaking.
If it is not safe to build a subwaystation in a fault zone, is it safeto tunnel through one?
There are numerous proven design and construction methods to ensure that a subway tunnelis safe in a fault zone. These include building a larger diameter tunnel and/or a very strongand
exible lining to withstand several feet of movement. Tunneling at a high angle across afault zone, rather than along one, limits the risk.
Is there a risk of groundsettlement from the tunnel?
The latest technology uses pressurized, closed-face tunnel boring machines (
s). As thesemachines proceed, concrete tunnel liners are immediately installed in the newly excavatedtunnel portion. These techniques combine to provide immediate ground support of thetunnel. These machines were successfully used on the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension
where ground movement was very limited and, along most of that alignment, therewas no measureable settlement.
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