Metro keeps LA moving.
The Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is Metro’s roadmap to improve mobility, provide more transportation options, stimulate our local economy, and create jobs. The vision of this program is to enhance our public transit program by investing in our bus system while expanding our rail system. The plan is also delivering highway improvements such as new carpool lanes and projects that are easing freeway bottlenecks for both auto and truck traffic. And, the plan invests in many other programs, including transit operations, highway maintenance, local street improvements, bicycle and pedestrian connections, and transit services for the disabled.
Thanks to revenues from Proposition A, Proposition C and Measure R along with local, state and federal funds, Metro has extended the Gold Line to run from East LA to Azusa; opened the Silver Line from El Monte to Harbor Gateway Transit Center; opened the Expo Line Extension to Santa Monica; extended the Orange Line to Chatsworth; added ExpressLanes on both the 10 and 110 freeways; started construction on the Crenshaw/LAX, Regional Connector and Purple Line Extension rail projects and expanded bike and pedestrian programs throughout the county. But the region has more unmet critical transportation needs than there is money to meet them.
Metro will host two telephone town hall meetings on Wednesday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 19, 2016 to educate the citizens of Los Angeles County on Measure M. Using innovative telephone technology, the senior staff will speak directly with members of the community providing information and answering questions on Measure M and other issues facing the agency. The town halls are scheduled as follows:
Thirty thousand registered voters will be called each evening, at random, through an automated system and invited to participate in the telephone forum. Those who choose to participate can hear about Measure M, Metro’s long range transportation plan, local bus and rail service, and other projects underway.
The Metro Board of Directors has approved placing a sales tax ballot measure, titled the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan, on the November 8, 2016, ballot. Voters will be asked:
“To improve freeway traffic flow/safety; repair potholes/sidewalks; repave local streets; earthquake-retrofit bridges; synchronize signals; keep senior/disabled/student fares affordable; expand rail/subway/bus systems; improve job/school/airport connections; and create jobs; shall voters authorize a Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan through a ½ ¢ sales tax and continue the existing ½ ¢ traffic relief tax until voters decide to end it, with independent audits/oversight and funds controlled locally?”
Angelenos spend an average of 81 hours a year stuck in traffic. Currently, there are 10.2 million people living in LA County, and we are projected to grow by 2.3 million people in the next 40 years. Traffic congestion and air pollution are expected to get worse with more growth, and the measure is intended to raise money to meet those needs.
The following programs will receive the indicated funding over 40 years.
Measure M is expected to generate an estimated $860 million a year in 2017 dollars.
Based on the latest economic forecast by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan would add 465,690 new jobs across the region.
The proposed projects will be built over a 40-year period.
The following table provides five examples of common purchases and how much additional tax would be paid with Measure M.
So for a caffé latte, you would pay $.02 more for a $4.15 latte if Measure M is passed.
Measure M includes provisions establishing an independent oversight process including a Taxpayer Oversight Committee and annual audits.
LA Metro Transit Watch
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