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Hearing Thursday on Disputed Westside Subway Stop

Metro's proposal to tunnel under Beverly Hills High School to bring the subway to Century City is opposed by Beverly Hills school and city officials.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors will meet to review objections to a proposed tunnel under Beverly Hills High School that would allow the so-called Subway to the Sea to reach Century City.

The high school and Beverly Hills city officials requested today's public hearing because they believe placing the tunnel under the campus would be dangerous.

Metro has recommended a Century City station at Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars over an alternative stop at Santa Monica Boulevard and Century Park East, requiring the subway to go under the high school. The Century City Chamber of Commerce and other neighborhood groups

On April 26, the Metro board three subway stops from Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue to Wilshire and La Cienega Boulevard, but postponed its decision on stops in Beverly Hills, Century City, Westwood and the Veterans Administration campus until the public hearing was held.

When the extension is completed, riders would be able to travel from downtown Los Angeles to Westwood in 25 minutes, according to Metro officials.

For updates from today's 1 p.m. meeting, visit Beverly Hills Patch and Westwood-Century City Patch.

The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. in the third floor boardroom at One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952.

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