LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A $2.1 billion federal grant and loan agreement was announced Wednesday to help build a nearly four-mile stretch of the Purple line subway from downtown to Beverly Hills.

Mayor Eric Garcetti was in Washington, D.C., for the announcement.

The money will go toward extending the line 3.9 miles along Wilshire Boulevard. Currently, the line stops at Western Avenue.

“The continued expansion of Los Angeles’ public transportation system is vitally important to millions of area residents who need reliable, affordable access to jobs, education and other ladders of opportunity that this  egion has to offer,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

When the line is complete, it will run through Century City and end at the VA Hospital in West Los Angeles.

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