Our Work

Measures R, M, H, and Vision 2020

MOVE LA HAS BUILT a successful civic engagement model resulting in smart, transformative solutions to complex problems in LA County. Since 2007 Move LA has worked with a wide range of civic leaders and organizations to “dream big” and identify strategies that address fundamental community challenges by forming alliances and coalitions that champion viable solutions to our problems. To date we have focused on the need to fund transit and affordable housing in neighborhoods near transit, and to eradicate homelessness across LA County. The success of our work has served as a model for community advocacy in other cities and counties and has been celebrated around the U.S.! Now, after the victories of Measure R (2008) and Measure M (2016) to modernize our transportation system, and Measure H (2017) to help end homelessness, we are embarking on a plan we are calling Vision 2020, as well as on following through with the unfinished business of Measures R and M.


Measures R and M are profoundly advancing the modernization of LA County’s transportation system, but we have not addressed the larger problem of modernizing the regional transportation systems that serve all of Southern California—Metrolink’s regional commuter rail system and our regional goods movement system. We must do this because the transportation sector is the single biggest cause of both air pollution and climate change in California, producing almost 40% of all GHG emissions and about 80% of all the NOx emissions that are the biggest cause of air pollution.

The bad news is that without deployment of zero and near-zero emission vehicles as well as improvements to both the goods movement and Metrolink systems we aren't doing enough to clean our air or combat climate change or to reduce congestion. In fact, emissions from vehicles increased in 2016 because people are driving more. The good news is that the South Coast Air Quality Management District has adopted a 2016 Air Quality Management Plan for reducing emissions to meet federal clean air standards and it relies heavily upon accelerated deployment of clean vehicles.

And there's more good news: The advanced zero- and near-zero-emission technologies using electricity, renewable natural gas, or hydrogen to power passenger vehicles as well as light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks are now or soon will be readily available to help achieve the AQMP's goals.

But we still need 1) funding for the accelerated deployment of these clean cars, trucks and off-road vehicles; 2) to ensure that the power and fueling infrastructure that will support their use is in place; 3) to electrify and make other improvements to Metrolink, and 4) investments in goods movement infrastructure that will ease congestion for everyone.

That's where our Strawman 2020 comes in: We propose putting a measure on the November 2020 ballot in the 4-county South Coast Air Quality Management District (LA, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, minus the desert areas) to raise $1.4 billion per year over 30 years. Click the link below to see how we'd do this and how we think the money could be spent.

Ancillary benefits of this investment would include reduced traffic congestion and increased system efficiency, which would spur regional economic growth—adding up to a really big win! Our work here includes convening a regional coalition to help accomplish this mission and reaching a Grand Bargain on what kind of a measure could pay for these improvements.

If we can clean the air and abate climate change here, in the world's 12th largest economy and one of the world's largest car markets, the achievement is big enough that we would become a model for the world.

Vision 2020 Strawman: And what we could fund!
What SoCal experts say about clean air, clean trucks, and abating climate change
Move LA's Denny Zane reflects on the possibilities from a 2017 perspective,
and imagines our accomplishments looking back from 2040 

We must and will stay involved in the implementation of Measures R and M to make sure that promises made are promises kept, and to support the leaders and coalition partners who took an active role in the development and passage of these measures. A priority for us is to expand transit ridership with the goal of reducing traffic and expanding access to opportunity for those who need it the most. We are working toward creating a universal student transit pass program to "grow" transit riders and make it easier and more affordable for students to get to school and to jobs. We are also advocating for expanded transit access and mobility services including microtransit for seniors and people with disabilities.

Our other most important priority is encouraging community development near transit. There is a reciprocal relationship between the success of transit and the existence of healthy community development around stops and stations for people of all ages and incomes, including the low-income households who use transit the most. We will work toward this goal by advocating for the construction of more affordable housing and the adoption of anti-displacement strategies in neighborhoods around stations and especially along “Grand Boulevards”—high-volume transit corridors, many of which will be served by bus rapid transit (BRT).

Growing Transit Ridership with "Any Line, Any Time" transit passes: Our work with students
An Aging and Disability Network: Our work with seniors and people with disabilities
Housing + Transit: Finding a more robust local revenue source for affordable housing
Grand Boulevards

You can read about our victories with Measures R, M and H as well as our local,
regional, state and federal work over the past decade here.


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