Vote YES on Measure M on Nov. 8!!!

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Just gotta say it again: Traffic Relief! Measure M would dramatically improve our transportation system and redefine commutes for residents in every corner of LA County to get all of us where we want to go, when we want to get there, however we choose to travel—train, bus, car, bike or on foot.

It's all about better Connections: Measure M is a ½-cent sales tax—costing less than 9 cents/person /day—that would fund “LA County’s Traffic Improvement Plan,” significantly expanding and supporting the rail and bus transit systems, improving freeways and local roads, building bike paths and repairing sidewalks, and providing first-last-mile connections to transit stations for people of all ages and abilities. Measure M would replace an existing tax with a new tax that would raise $120 billion over 40 years and continue until voters decide to end it.

Read more about Metro's Traffic Improvement Plan.


Who Rides Bus & Who Rides Rail in LA County?

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Metro's 2016 Quality of Life Report is full of interesting statistic/graphics about the public transportation system! Check this: 80% of the population of LA County lives near Metro's 15,000 bus stops and if you include the 20 smaller transit agencies in LA County that partner with Metro 99% of the population lives near a stop. We are more transit-oriented than we think!


How Much Would Measure M Cost ME?

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How much would the Measure M sales tax cost each of us in LA County??? On average less than 9 cents/person/day—just $2.70/month— to create the second largest public transportation (rail and bus) system (after New York) in the U.S. Here's Measure M on the November ballot.


This Feels Historic!

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More Mobility, Movement, Motion, Maintenance: The Los Angeles County Registrar–Recorder Office has officially designated the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan as Measure M the November 8, 2016 ballot.

Measure M, brought forward by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), is an expenditure plan that would fund a wide variety of transit and highway projects; local street improvements; programs for seniors, students and the disabled; and more over the next four decades.

“Measure M addresses many of the critical transportation needs caused by our aging infrastructure and expected population growth,” said Metro Board Chair John Fasana.

Measure M asks voters to increase the countywide sales tax by a half-cent and continue the existing Measure R tax after it’s set to expire in 2039 until voters decide to change it.

The plan includes a host of major highway and transit projects across the county and many other programs. These include keeping fares affordable for seniors, students and the disabled; improving local streets and sidewalks; earthquake retrofitting bridges; improving freeway traffic flow; expanding the rail and bus system; enhancing bike and pedestrian connections; and keeping the system maintained and in good working condition. The tax measure also embraces technology and innovation to adapt as transportation evolves.

“This plan came from the people, for the people, through a collaborative process where our partners across the county, and the general public, have helped craft the way we position the region for current and future transportation needs,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington.

The full expenditure plan is available for public review at www.metro.net/theplan.


Bad News/Good News on AB 2222

 

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The bad news: AB 2222 was not taken off suspense in the Appropriations Committee Thursday, which means the bill has reached the end of its course unless—and this is the good newsthere is a lame duck session after the Nov. 8 election and the language from AB 2222 is included in a transportation funding bill that does move forward. It's a long shot, as Democrats and Republicans have been trying to reach agreement on a transportation funding bill—and have not been able to—since Governor Brown called for a Special Session on Transportation last summer. But again, the broad bipartisan support that AB 2222 received suggests that it is a possibility, and Assemblymember Chris Holden, the author, has continued to make student passes a top priority.

Another possibility is that the Cap & Trade auction results next week will be more robust than the disappointing results last May—which were caused in part by the lawsuit against the Cap & Trade program and uncertainty about its future—and student transit passes could be included in the GHG Reduction Fund expenditure plan. (GGRF is funded by Cap & Trade.)

And if all else fails, we will be back next year with another student transit pass bill, more determined than ever and with the experience of this session to inform our efforts. As our colleague Josh Stark from TransForm CA, which co-sponsored the bill with Move LA, wrote in an email Friday: "It was a long, hard slog to get to an end without a win, but really, this is just a beginning . . . We have momentum, and we have a popular concept that is ready."

And in the meantime, see that photo above? Cal State Northridge is the first school in LA County to have negotiated an agreement under Metro's brand new student transit pass program, and Pasadena City College, Rio Hondo College and LA Trade Tech are next up in the queue. Funding from a statewide student transit pass program could only help to make Metro's program more robust.

Thank you all for your interest and dedication! Stay with us! We agree with Josh that this is just the beginning. Move LA is in this for the long haul.


Transit . . . Better than Tinder?

Transit is more people-oriented than the single-occupancy automobile.

Directed by Carlyn Hudson for Move LA, with Aman Mehra and Mark Foti, thanks to the Goldhirsh Foundation and LA2050.


5 Hours Left: Call Senators Lara and De Leon to Support Student Transit Passes

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Despite the enormous difficulty Democrats and Republicans in the California Legislature have had reaching agreement on how to fund transportation and which projects to fund, they have agreed on AB 2222, which would create a statewide discounted student transit pass program for low-income K-12 and public college and university students! Proof is in the votes (starting with the most recent and counting backwards): Senate Environmental Quality 6-0; Senate Transportation and Housing 7-0; Assembly Floor 72-7; Assembly Appropriations 18-2; Assembly Transportation 18-0. The organizations above are just some of the supporters of AB 2222.

CALL TO ACTION! AB 2222, authored by Asm. Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), was put on suspense in Senate Appropriations Monday, and a decision whether to take it off suspense so that it can continue to move forward this session will be made tomorrow — Thursday, Aug. 11. The decision will be made by the Appropriations Committee and its chair, Sen. Richardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), and will also involve Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon. If we want AB 2222 to continue moving forward it's key that we reach out and urge Senate Appropriations Committee members to support student passes.

The members are: Senator Ricardo Lara (Chair) (D-Bell Gardens) 916-651-4033  °  Senator Patricia Bates (Vice Chair) (R-Laguna Niguel) 916-651-4036  °  Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) 916 651-4015  °  Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) 916-651-4013  °  Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) 916-651-4902  °  Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) 916-651-4032  °  Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) 916-651-4004 

Also: Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) 916-651-4024.

Please call all committee members and Senator De Leon if you can. Tell the person who answers the phone that AB 2222 was up in committee on Monday and that you urge the senator to support the bill, which would create a statewide discounted student transit pass program for K-12 and public college and university students. They will ask you for your name and that’s it!

The funding source for AB 2222 had been $50M/year from the GHG Reduction Fund, but this language was removed from the bill because the future of the GGRF and the Cap & Trade program that funds it have become somewhat uncertain given the lawsuit against and opposition to Cap & Trade.

However, it appears the chairs of the Senate and Assembly transportation committees, Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) and Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley)—who have been trying to pass transportation funding bills for a year!—may be reaching agreement on a funding source. There is a possibility that given the broad bipartisan support for AB 2222 that this money could fund student transit passes too!!

Call Gloria Ohland at Move LA (a co-sponsor of AB2222) if you have questions: 213-304-0444


What is LA Metro's Ballot Measure?

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Tentatively called Measure M, it is a half-cent sales tax in LA County that has been placed on the November 2016 ballot by LA Metro to fund “LA County’s Traffic Improvement Plan.” Measure M would also extend Measure R, approved by voters in 2008. If Measure M wins a 2/3 majority vote in November it would provide approximately $120 billion over 40 years to significantly expand the rail transit system and support the bus system all over LA County, as well as provide first and last mile connections to stations for people on foot and on bike and users of all ages and abilities.

The ballot measure would also pay for important highway improvements, and provide funding to all 88 cities in LA County to address local needs including street repairs such as filling potholes, synchronizing traffic signals, supporting local transit service, and investing in pedestrian and bicycle improvements. Measure M would create a dramatically improved transportation system to redefine commutes for residents in every corner of the county to get all of us where we want to go, when we want to get there, however we choose to travel! MORE TO COME . . .


Center for Transportation Excellence Profiles LA County Traffic Improvement Plan Campaign

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This profile reminds us that we lost the Measure J ballot measure by .57% in 2012--just 15,000 votes--in a campaign that got off the ground barely 2 months before the vote. There's been much more prep done for the so-called Measure M (name is still not official) sales tax measure campaign to raise in excess of $120 billion for transportation: The Center for Transportation Excellence profile says Metro has provided information to 2.9 million people via social media and that 48,000 people participated in telephone town halls and other outreach events in May. More than 560 people went to public meetings about the measure and 73 percent said they'd vote for it. So we'll see. The profile is here and it references Move LA.


LA Area Chamber Endorses New Sales Tax Measure: "A Bold Transportation Plan for LA County"

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Gary Toebben, president and CEO of the LA Area Chamber of Commerce, writes on his Business Perspective Blog: In 2008, Los Angeles County residents took a leap of faith and voted to raise our county-wide sales taxes to fund the construction and maintenance of our transportation infrastructure. Seven years later, Metro conducted a quality of life report to study the impact of that decision on the region. The results are impressive. New rail and bus rapid transit now provides access to more than 300,000 jobs in the region. Nearly 500,000 residents now live within a half mile of projects that opened after passage of Measure R. (Italics are mine!) What’s impressive is that this data was tallied prior to the 2016 openings of the Gold Line extension and Expo Phase II.

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