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.


Paid for by Campaign to Move LA, in Support of Transportation Ballot Measure M, Major Funding by Aaron Sosnick, HDR Engineering, Inc. & Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.


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.


Paid for by Campaign to Move LA, in Support of Transportation Ballot Measure M, Major Funding by Aaron Sosnick, HDR Engineering, Inc. & Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.


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 “LA County’s Traffic Improvement Plan” that has been placed on the November 2016 ballot by LA Metro to ease congestion across the county. 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 . . .


Paid for by Campaign to Move LA, in Support of Transportation Ballot Measure M, Major Funding by Aaron Sosnick, HDR Engineering, Inc. & Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.


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.

 

Paid for by Campaign to Move LA, in Support of Transportation Ballot Measure M, Major Funding by Aaron Sosnick, HDR Engineering, Inc. & Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.


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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Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in the Largest Metros

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A new report finds there are 619 regionally significant walkable urban places (or “WalkUPS”) in the 30 largest metro areas—home to 46% of the US population—and that the 6-county LA metro region ranks #17 with 53 WalkUPS. (The top 6: NYC, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle.) LA ranks #7 in terms of “Development Momentum”—a ranking that indicates how walkable or sprawling future development is likely to be—#11 in terms of social equity (now that is counterintuitive!), and 27th in terms of GDP per capita.

The key point made in the report, by Chris Leinberger and Michael Rodriguez at the George Washington University School of Business, is that: the more walkable cities also have the most development momentum, and are the most educated and wealthy (as measured by per capita GDP) because that’s where people want to live and where companies want to locate. (LA is somewhat of an anomaly, I think, because the density, urbanity and walkability of LA County is in striking contrast to that in the 5 other counties that comprise our region, skewing our scores.)

Given what we all know about skyrocketing rents it’s hard to believe that these walkable urban places are also the most socially equitable. But this is because, according to the report, low cost transportation options—especially walking and biking—and better access to employment opportunities offset the higher costs of housing. Which underscores “the need for continued and aggressive development of attainable housing solutions,” the authors point out. Download the report here.


AC Transit, Like Metro, is Rolling Out a New Student Transit Program this Fall

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AC Transit is rolling out a free and reduced-fare transit pass pilot at 11 middle- and high-schools in Alameda County this fall, funded by the Measure BB sales tax passed in 2014. (NOTE: AB 2222, a bill that Move LA is co-sponsoring, would provide funding for a statewide program if it wins the support of CA Senate leadership next month!) AC Transit's program for kids is similar to the program Metro will roll out for college and university students—both will negotiate different agreements with each schools. AC Transit Board President Christian Peeples said that anything that grows a new generation of public transit riders is probably a boon for the agency. Move LA agrees! http://www.eastbaytimes.com/…/free-and-reduced-fare-transit…



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