LA METRO: THIS IS WHAT MOVE LA HAS HEARD FROM OUR COALITION AND FROM COMMUNITIES
Here is our official proposal for LA Metro’s proposed 2016 ballot measure, anticipated to provide at least $120 billion for transportation over 40 years. Beginning with our first “straw man” in 2014, this proposal has literally been revised more than 50 times as the result of countless conversations, consultations and reconciliations of the priorities of our coalition partners and members of communities. See our proposal here!
We have used the same framing as in Measure R (with categories of investment for rail transit capital, bus and rail operations, highways and local projects) but added funding for active transportation, goods movement infrastructure and clean technology, arterials and boulevards, as well as enhanced services for seniors, students and people with disabilities.
This proposal contains the key ingredients that can provide relief from traffic congestion, and these include:
- Robust connectivity between transit modes—rail lines to rail lines, and bus lines to rail lines. This connectivity is the secret sauce that provides congestion relief;
- First-last-mile investments in walking, biking and shared-use options to get transit users to rail stations and bus stops and back home again;
- A universal student transit pass program that encourages younger generations to use transit regularly and to make decisions about where to live and work based on the proximity of transit—programs like this across the U.S. have dramatically boosted ridership;
- Significant new operating money for bus and rail to ensure that fares remain low;
- Easy transit access to regional airports via Metrolink and Metro Rail—essential to reducing congestion around LAX and on the 405;
- Truck-only lanes on the I-710 out of the ports to freight yards east of downtown LA.
We believe that this is a robust investment program that all of LA County and its many communities, constituencies and voters can and will embrace and support. See our official proposal here!