Measure M is approved!

Measure M is Approved!

November 9, 2016 — The people of LA County communicated with a resounding voice of approval of Measure M. Voters passed Metro’s no sunset transportation ballot measure with 71.15% support.

Measure M Lessons Learned

LA County’s Measure M Lessons Learned

This report documents the story of Measure M – LA County’s ambitious transportation sales tax initiative – and Metro’s bottom-up approach that took into account the diverse needs of the county’s 10.1 million residents.

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.

Measure M

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?”

Ordinance 16 with Expenditure Plan (3.9MB pdf)
Metro’s Program Management Plan (3MB pdf)

Telephone Town Hall

 Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:30-7:30 p.m. PST
English Transcript | Spanish Transcript

Call in and listen to information on Metro’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget process, along with an update on Measure M. Staff will be prepared to answer questions about the budget, Measure M, service planning, and other topics within the agency.

The meetings will be simulcast in English and Spanish. Interested residents can dial in directly to participate:

Why is Metro proposing Measure M?

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.

Facts About Measure M – LA Metro’s Ballot Measure (1.3MB, PDF format)
Local Return Allocation by Subregion (280KB, PDF format)

Subregional Fact Sheets

The following fact sheets summarize the projects and Measure M funding for each Los Angeles County region if the measure passes.

Interactive Map: Projects by SubregionClick on a subregion to view the projects in that region and its local return.

Other Programs

The following programs will receive the indicated funding over 40 years.

Other Programs information graphic


Goals of Measure M

  • Ease traffic congestion, improve freeway traffic flow, and reduce bottlenecks.
  • Expand rail and rapid transit system; accelerate rail construction and build new rail lines; enhance local, regional, and express bus service; and improve system connectivity.
  • Repave local streets, repair potholes, and synchronize signals; improve neighborhood streets and intersections, and enhance bike and pedestrian connections.
  • Make public transportation more accessible, convenient, and affordable for seniors, students, and the disabled; and provide better mobility options for our aging population.
  • Earthquake-retrofit bridges, and keep the transit and highway system safe and in good working condition.
  • Embrace technology and innovation; incorporate modern technology, new advancements, and emerging innovations into the local transportation system.
  • Create jobs, reduce pollution, and generate local economic benefits; increase personal quality time and overall quality of life.
  • Provide accountability and transparency; protect and monitor the public’s investments through independent audits and oversight.

Impacts of Measure M

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.

Interactive Map: Project List Click on a number to read the project description.

Samples of Tax Cost

The following table provides five examples of common purchases and how much additional tax would be paid with Measure M.
So for a café latte, you would pay $.02 more for a $4.15 latte if Measure M is passed.

Comparable Costs Infographic

Accountability Provisions of the Measure

Measure M includes provisions establishing an independent oversight process including a Taxpayer Oversight Committee and annual audits.

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