Parts of the city had been dead against running the Westside subway extension underneath Beverly Hills High School, but the objections had little to do with science and much to do with NIMBYism.
Today, Metro's board ...
... approved the Beverly Hills High School tunneling route, according to City News Service.
The Purple Line will take riders from Koreatown to Westwood. It was originally called the "subway to the sea," but we stopped calling it that because it probably won't ever actually reach the beach.
Opponents in Beverly Hills noted, rightly so, that the original leg was planned for a northern route along Santa Monica Boulevard, and that it was bent south so that -- coincidentally or not -- it would stop underneath a Century City high rise planned by a contributor to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who holds much influence over the Metro board.
But the community's objections to possibly explosive methane gas and other perceived dangers associated with tunneling under a high school were largely debunked.
However, you can surely expect the Beverly Hills school district to take Metro to court over this, delaying the dreams of dozens of maids and gardeners who might actually ride this thing.