Disputed Beverly Hills subway route approved

FILE - This Nov. 8, 2011 file photo shows students standing on the lawn in front of Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, Calif. The long, fierce fight over sending a subway 70 feet under Beverly Hills High School has spawned a pair of warring videos that have begun to overshadow the policy and geology at the center of the dispute. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County transportation officials have approved a disputed plan to route a subway tunnel under Beverly Hills High School, but a court battle over the proposed Westside Subway Extension is a virtual certainty.

The board of directors of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority heard pleas for further study and threats of lawsuits from Beverly Hills officials and parents, but voted 7-2 Thursday for the extension of the Purple Line.

The first segment of the long-sought subway line that would eventually connect downtown Los Angeles with the coast was approved last month, but the board agreed to hold off on the second and third segments to allow for more comment from Beverly Hills' own engineers and geologists