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.
The Metro Board of Directors voted to place a sales tax measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot. The measure –called the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan – was crafted through a collaborative process with regional stakeholders and input from the public. The Metro Board of Directors placed this sales tax measure on the ballot to establish a new tax, and extend an existing tax, which is expected to help fund transportation improvements for today and in the future.
Angelenos spend an average of 81 hours a year stuck in traffic. Currently, there are 10 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 proposed tax is intended to raise money to meet those needs.
The measure is a sales tax that continues until voters decide to repeal it either through a citizen initiative or a Metro Board sponsored ballot measure. The measure proposes a new ½ cent sales tax starting in 2017 that would increase to a 1 cent sales tax in 2039 when the existing ½ cent Measure R sales tax expires.
The measure is expected to generate an estimated $860 million a year in 2017 dollars.
The measure includes provisions establishing an independent oversight process. The Measure M Taxpayer Oversight Committee is scheduled to meet quarterly. Every 10 years, Metro, in conjunction with the Oversight Committee, will conduct a comprehensive assessment of each project and program to determine which projects or programs are completed or anticipated to be completed during the next ten-year period. If the Metro Board of Directors approves this assessment, the Board may add new projects and programs by a two-thirds vote so long as the additions do not delay other projects and programs. Public input will also be part of the process.
The proposed projects cannot all be built at the same time. Accordingly, the measure includes a 40-year expenditure plan setting forth both the projected start and finish dates for each project.
Metro operates one of America’s largest transportation systems, with 450 million bus and rail boardings last year. And we also serve LA County as transit, freeway and local roads funding agency, planner, coordinator, designer, builder, and operator. All told, Metro projects have created 400,000 jobs in Southern California since 2008.
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