The Division 20 Portal Widening and Turnback Facility Project

The Division 20 Portal Widening and Turnback Facility Project aims to accommodate increased service levels on the Metro Red and Purple Lines. To achieve this, Metro is planning facility improvements to the Division 20 Rail Yard, located within the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles. Improvements include: widening of the heavy rail tunnel portal south of the US-101 freeway, a new turnback facility and expansion and reconfiguration of rail storage tracks. With these improvements, new tracks and switches will allow for improved service times at Union Station and throughout the Metro Red/Purple Line system. 

Presently, the Metro Red and Purple Lines carry over 140,000 passengers each day. Ridership is expected to grow by 49,000 following the completion of the Purple Line Extension to the future Westwood/VA Hospital Station. Many Red/Purple Line trains switch tracks before entering Union Station, which is the reason that some trains operate more slowly coming in and out of the station. This project will allow switching to take place after riders get on or off trains, allowing for faster service times. It will also help to ensure safety and reliability on the system, a sufficient capacity to serve future passengers and a more effective operation of Metro’s expanding subway network. 

Global ASR prepared the hazardous waste and hazardous materials technical memorandum for the recently approved Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for this project. Global ASR reviewed several environmental documents for the various parcels where the project will be built.Global ASR’s Principal has extensive experience conducting site investigation and remediation on the properties that are part of this project under the former Aliso Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) Voluntary Clean-up Agreement (VCA) under the oversight of the Department of Toxic Substances and Control (DTSC).

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