LOS ANGELES – Today, the Metro Board of Directors voted in favor of placing Los Angeles County’s Traffic Improvement Plan (often referred to as Measure R2) on the November ballot. Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, a director on Metro’s board and supporter of the proposed plan, announced that the ballot measure proposes to fund projects throughout the County.
“I am pleased that the measure will get a chance to go before the voters in November,” said Supervisor Solis. “The measure will provide consistent, sustainable funding for much-needed transportation projects in all parts of Los Angeles County.”
The ballot measure has seen multiple revisions in an effort to provide for equitable distribution of funding and projects. Solis has been persistently vocal to ensure that transit-dependent and low-income communities, particularly in East Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley and Southeast cities, were included in the expenditure plan.
“It’s not perfect, but it is far better for communities and cities in my district than the process for developing Measure R in 2008,” said Solis. “We have made a great deal of progress by seeking input from local residents and community-based organizations.”
Supervisor Solis noted that several projects in the First Supervisorial District are included in the expenditure plan:
- Two Metro Gold Line Eastside Extensions, one along State Route 60 to South El Monte and one along Washington Blvd. to Whittier
- Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension to Claremont
- West Santa Ana Branch from Union Station to Artesia
- I-5 Improvements between the I-710 and SR 605
- I-710 South Corridor Improvements
- I-605 / SR 60 Interchange Improvements
- SR 71 Gap from I-10 to Rio Rancho Rd
The measure would also set aside funding for bike and pedestrian infrastructure, including sidewalk improvements, bike lanes, and curb cuts. This will provide for safe and accessible pathways and promote healthier, “greener” options for residents.
“We are also explicitly focusing on our seniors, youth, and disabled communities who depend on accessible and reliable transportation options,” added Solis. “I feel that with this revised plan, Metro has made a huge step in the right direction. We are addressing the needs of the transit-dependent and the disadvantaged communities, while enhancing and maintaining the system for all.”
The proposed measure would also more than double the amounts of funding that cities will receive directly through local return, and expands the eligible uses to include transit-oriented community projects. Cities will be better able to support Metro’s and the County’s desire to increase affordable housing near transportation hubs and connect transit-dependent riders to jobs, schools, parks, and more.
By providing better alternatives to freeways, the measure’s planned projects will reduce congestion and improve air quality. Additionally, the various projects will bring job opportunities to the region.
“I am confident that this measure will create jobs, apprenticeships and new paths to careers for our local and underserved communities,” noted Solis.
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