- Associated Press - Friday, November 7, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - The subway is coming to Beverly Hills.

But it’ll still be nearly a decade before the first train arrives.

On Friday, local and federal officials are gathering to break ceremonial ground on a 4-mile extension of the LA Metro Purple Line into Los Angeles’ famously flashy neighboring city.

The construction firm doing the $2.8 billion project expects an opening in 2023. Work moving underground utility lines already has started.

Beverly Hills is not where the extension will end - by 2035, it is supposed to head more than 5 miles farther west, through Beverly Hills and past the University of California, Los Angeles.

Most of the funding comes from federal grants or low-interest loans, with much of the rest from a voter-approved sales tax.

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