LOS ANGELES – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved Metro’s recommendation to place a ballot measure, Los Angeles County’s Traffic Improvement Plan, on the November ballot. Chair Hilda L. Solis announced that the proposed ballot measure will fund projects, create jobs, and improve transportation throughout the County.
Chair Solis said:
“I am pleased that the measure will get a chance to go before the voters in November,” The measure will provide consistent, sustainable funding, over $132 billion in the first 50 years, for much-needed transportation projects in all parts of Los Angeles County. If passed, the measure would also allow Metro to leverage billions in state and federal funding to complete and accelerate major capital projects.
“This massive plan will provide millions of jobs while greatly enhancing our transportation system. It will create jobs and new paths to careers for our local and underserved communities and further extend the range of new contracting opportunities to disadvantaged businesses such as women, minority and veteran owned businesses. These opportunities allow us to foster apprenticeship programs, career training, re-entry programs and technical development for at-risk youth and high school and college grads seeking employment.
“We are also putting a special focus on the needs of our seniors, youth, and disabled communities who depend on accessible and reliable transportation options. We are addressing the needs of the transit-dependent and the disadvantaged communities, while enhancing and maintaining the system for all.”
Dozens of speakers attended the board meeting to show their support for the measure, including representatives from the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building Trades Council, AARP California, Bike SGV, and Salvation Army.
Ron Miller, Executive Secretary of Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council Office, said:
“The LA/OC Building Trades Council and its affiliates are proud to support the Metro and the County in their efforts to create a world class transportation system and at the same time partnering with the trades and many community groups in creating a pipeline to a robust local hire program and the effort to put veterans to work and drive the local economy.”
Stephanie Ramirez, Associate State Director of AARP California, said:
“Los Angeles County is experiencing an increase in population of people ages 60 years old or more, which is estimated at 1.7 million, or about one out of 4 persons. Transportation is a critical link for the 60+ population to families, jobs, health care, and community services. This measure can address the needs of this community, and those of all ages, by building a better system to get around the region.”
Chair Solis noted that the proposed measure would reduce funding gaps and accelerate projects in the First Supervisorial District including:
- Two Metro Gold Line Eastside Extensions: one along State Route 60 to South El Monte, and another 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 proposed measure would also set aside funding for bike and pedestrian infrastructure, known as “active transportation,” including sidewalk improvements, bike lanes, and curb cuts. This will provide for safe and accessible pathways and promote healthier, “greener” options for residents.
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