Beverly Hills USD v. LA Metro.Annotate this Case
Metro approved the Westside Subway Extension Project in May 2012, which will extend the Metro Purple Line heavy rail transit (HRT) subway system to the Westside of Los Angeles. To reach the Constellation station, the subway will travel through a tunnel to be constructed under Beverly Hills High School. The School District and the City filed petitions for writ of mandate, challenging Metro's approval of the Project. The trial court denied the petitions. The court concluded that substantial evidence supports Metro’s decision not to recirculate the environmental impact statement/environmental impact report (EIS/EIR), and that the EIS/EIR adequately discussed air pollution and public health impacts. The court also concluded that Metro did not violate the statutory requirements in conducting the transit hearing, that the City received a full and fair hearing, and that substantial evidence supports Metro’s decision and findings of fact in light of the issues tendered for hearing. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.