Zev Yaroslavsky

Metro picks controversial contractor to build the next phase of the Westside's Purple Line

Metro picks controversial contractor to build the next phase of the Westside's Purple Line

Local transportation officials on Thursday hired one of the more controversial names in California construction to build a $2.4-billion section of the Westside subway, which will connect Century City to downtown Los Angeles.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors voted 8-0 to award a $1.37-billion contract to a joint venture led by Sylmar-based Tutor Perini Corp. and Chief Executive Ronald Tutor.

The board’s vote marks a form of redemption for Tutor, whose work on L.A.’s first subway a generation ago sparked a protracted legal battle that, until now, had left him excluded from Metro’s rail building boom.

Tutor’s bid was hundreds of millions...

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