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Measure R Fact Sheet-1

Measure R Fact Sheet-1

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Measure R fact sheet -- Mayor Villaraigosa's State of the City speech.
Measure R fact sheet -- Mayor Villaraigosa's State of the City speech.

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M
EASURE
R:O
VERVIEW
,
 
S
UCCESSES
,
 
A
ND
P
ROPOSED
C
ONTINUATION
 
Thanks to Measure R, more transit and highway projects are opening, under construction, or inthe planning stages than at anytime in the history of Los Angeles County. New construction has already created thousands of direct and indirect jobs, with a projected 410,000 total jobs over the life of Measure R.Current State law limits Measure R to 30 years. Removing this provision would allow Measure to continue until voters themselves decide to end it. In doing so, we can expand our transit network faster while keeping fares low, connect more of the City and County, and almost double the number of  jobs that are created over the next 10 years.
M
EASURE
R
 
In November 2008, Measure R, a half-cent sales tax for financing new transportation projects andaccelerating those already in the pipeline, was approved by a two-thirds majority by the voters of LACounty.Measure R committed a projected $40 billion to traffic relief and transportation upgrades throughout thecounty over 30 years while creating an estimated 410,000 new jobs.In addition to expediting transportation projects, Measure R has funded Metrolink and Metro Rail safetyand the purchase of new clean-fueled buses for Metro and municipal bus operators. Measure R hasalso paid for pothole repair, traffic signalization, bike and pedestrian programs and more as part of thelocal return program.
K
EY
S
UCCESSES
 
K
EEPING
F
ARES
L
OW
F
OR
S
ENIORS AND
S
TUDENTS
 
Metro fares for seniors, students, the disabled, and Medicare recipients under Measure R were frozenat current levels for five years. A general fare increase for regular riders was postponed for one year after Measure R passed.
S
IMULTANEOUS
A
ND
E
XPEDITED
T
RANSIT
P
ROJECTS
 
Measure R funding will enable Metro to work on five major light rail and subway lines simultaneously.Historically, Metro has typically built one major rail line at a time. Within four years, Metro will beoperating more than 100 miles of track as Expo and Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension open.M
 AJOR
T
RANSIT
P
ROJECTS
S
ET TO
O
PEN
 
The Metro Orange Line busway extension to the Chatsworth Metrolink/Amtrak station isopening in June ahead of schedule and projected to be under budget
 
M
 AJOR
T
RANSIT
P
ROJECTS
U
NDER
C
ONSTRUCTION
 
The Metro Gold line Foothill Extension to Azusa is under construction
Expo Phase II from Culver City to Santa Monica is under construction
Within a year, Metro will break ground on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Projectand begin utility relocations for the Westside subway extension and Regional Connector M
 AJOR
T
RANSIT
P
ROJECTS IN THE
P
LANNING
P
HASE
 
Transit improvements in the East San Fernando Valley North/South transit corridor 
Green Line extension to LAX
Green Line extension from Redondo Beach to South Bay Galleria
Eastside Transit Corridor Phase II (from East Los Angeles)
Rapid transit through the Sepulveda Pass along the I-405 corridor 
A new West Santa Ana transit corridor 
E
XPEDITED
H
IGHWAY
P
ROJECTS
While we expand our public transportation system, Measure R makes sure that our highways meetresidents’ needs. There are currently 15 Measure R highway projects in various stages of constructionand planning.M
 AJOR
H
IGHWAY
P
ROJECTS
U
NDER
C
ONSTRUCTION
Carpool lanes in both directions along the I-5 between SR-134/SR-170
Direct link for carpoolers between the I-5 and SR-14 freeways
Carpool lanes and one new mixed flow lane in both directions on the I-5 between the I-605 and Orange County Line
Carpool lanes and one new mixed flow lane in both directions on the I-5 Carmenita RoadInterchange
Truck lanes on the I-5 from SR-14 to Pico Canyon Road in North LA CountyM
 AJOR
H
IGHWAY
P
ROJECTS IN THE
P
LANNING
P
HASE
 
I-710 gap closure
Projects to better handle truck traffic serving the ports on I-710 south
High Desert Corridor Project linking the Antelope Valley to Apple Valley
P
ROPOSED
C
ONTINUATION
 
Current State law limits Measure R to 30 years. By continuing Measure R beyond 2039 and keeping itin place until the voters, themselves, decide to end it, the Los Angeles County MetropolitanTransportation Authority (MTA) will have additional future revenue that it will be able to bond against.This will make it possible for Los Angeles to accelerate highway improvements, transit construction,and create 410,000 jobs.
Continuing Measure R would not increase taxes
; it would simply keep the current half-penny salestax residents currently pay.

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