Top Take-Aways From Move LA's 7th Annual Transportation Conversation

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This was the reaction of one conference attendee, Matthew Sharp, senior policy director at the Goldhirsh Foundation:

“The conference was surreal. Every hour included more and more voices from distinct perspectives and communities and zip codes. The thoroughness of the coalition-building and the underlying relationship-building work you have done exceeds the norms for coalitions . . . The speakers covered every potential angle. Your playbook and execution implements the best lessons of political science and movement building.”

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ACA 4 Would Lower Voter Threshold to 55% For A Local Transportation Sales Tax

Legislation introduced by California Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) would reduce the voter threshold for approval of local tax measures for transportation from 66.6% to 55% and make the change effective immediately for other measures on the ballot. We urge you to call or write him to express your support for this bill — ACA 4!

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Check Out The Photos From Our 7th Annual Transportation Conversation!

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April 22 was a big day for Move LA at Union Station — the Cathedral of Public Transportation — with a big crowd, big panels and a big, aspirational conversation about what LA County can be. See Ted Soqui's photos on our flickr page. (Click on the photos to see a caption explaining who is who.)

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Transportation Conversation 7: A Storify Recap, One Tweet At A Time

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If anyone had doubts that LA has a resounding interest in transit, 2015 is the year that will dispel even the mostly staunchly held ones. Earlier this year the Live Ride Share conference Move LA staged with partners trended briefly on Twitter in LA the day after the Academy Awards. And this week Move LA's 7th Annual Transportation Conversation — about what the proposed Measure R2 ballot proposition could fund — trended locally on Twitter for several hours. We hope you enjoyed the event. But if you weren't there, our Storify recap — tweet by tweet — may be the next best thing.

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, Measure R2, Priorities & Politics!

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There are two questions hanging over Move LA’s 7th Annual Transportation Conversation: Question #1) How robust a sales tax measure should Metro place before voters in 2016? Should it be for 30-years, like Measure R -- which could provide an estimated $46 billion for transportation improvements? Or a 45-year measure that could provide $92 billion or more? Or how about a measure with no sunset — which would provide a permanent endowment for transportation modernization in LA County?

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Can This Grand Coalition Agree On Which Projects To Fund?

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The business-labor-environmental coalition that believes we must build out our transit system is even broader now than it was when we helped the Measure R sales tax win a 2/3 vote on the ballot in 2008. A bigger, bold new coalition is coming together around a possible new transportation ballot measure, and it includes LA County's cities and subregional councils of government, faith-based organizations, students and community colleges, people with disabilities, community-based organizations concerned about public health and social equity, affordable housing advocates and arts organizations.

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ICYMI: Former Santa Monica Mayor Driving Effort To Expand Regional Transit

Denny.jpgThe story of Denny Zane's transit epiphany, in the Santa Monica Daily Press: The epiphany came to Denny Zane as he sat in his idling vehicle, exasperated. It was about eight years ago, and the former Santa Monica mayor was stuck in demoralizing eastbound traffic on Olympic Boulevard between Stewart Street and Interstate 405. READ MORE.

The epiphany came to Denny Zane as he sat in his idling vehicle, exasperated.

It was about eight years ago, and the former Santa Monica mayor was stuck in demoralizing eastbound traffic on Olympic Boulevard between Stewart Street and Interstate 405.

- See more at: http://smdp.com/mayor-driving-effort-expand-regional-transit/147168#sthash.PPz7GtlO.dpuf

The epiphany came to Denny Zane as he sat in his idling vehicle, exasperated.

It was about eight years ago, and the former Santa Monica mayor was stuck in demoralizing eastbound traffic on Olympic Boulevard between Stewart Street and Interstate 405.

- See more at: http://smdp.com/mayor-driving-effort-expand-regional-transit/147168#sthash.PPz7GtlO.dpuf

The epiphany came to Denny Zane as he sat in his idling vehicle, exasperated.

It was about eight years ago, and the former Santa Monica mayor was stuck in demoralizing eastbound traffic on Olympic Boulevard between Stewart Street and Interstate 405.

- See more at: http://smdp.com/mayor-driving-effort-expand-regional-transit/147168#sthash.PPz7GtlO.dpuf


Spotlight on the San Fernando Valley: The Orange Line Conversion to Light Rail

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The Orange Line Conversion to Light Rail: This is the 3rd in a series on the San Fernando Valley transit corridor projects that are being discussed as contenders for funding from a transportation sales tax measure that could be put on the November 2016 ballot.

The Orange Bus Rapid Transit Line that crosses the San Fernando Valley from the Red Line station in North Hollywood to Chatsworth 18 miles to the west was an immediate success upon opening in 2005: Ridership tripled on the line during the first year and then climbed another 35% to about 30,000 boardings a day. The line’s success, however, means buses are crowded during peak periods, which has caused proponents to argue it should be converted to light rail.

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