MEASURE R: OVERVIEW, SUCCESSES, AND PROPOSED CONTINUATION
Thanks to Measure R, more transit and highway projects are opening, under construction, or in the 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 R 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.
In November 2008, Measure R, a half-cent sales tax for financing new transportation projects and accelerating those already in the pipeline, was approved by a two-thirds majority by the voters of LA County.
Measure R committed a projected $40 billion to traffic relief and transportation upgrades throughout the county 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 safety and the purchase of new clean-fueled buses for Metro and municipal bus operators. Measure R has also paid for pothole repair, traffic signalization, bike and pedestrian programs and more as part of the local return program.
KEEPING FARES LOW FOR SENIORS AND STUDENTS
Metro fares for seniors, students, the disabled, and Medicare recipients under Measure R were frozen at current levels for five years. A general fare increase for regular riders was postponed for one year after Measure R passed.
SIMULTANEOUS AND EXPEDITED TRANSIT PROJECTS
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 be operating more than 100 miles of track as Expo and Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension open.
MAJOR TRANSIT PROJECTS SET TO OPEN
MAJOR TRANSIT PROJECTS IN THE PLANNING PHASE
EXPEDITED HIGHWAY PROJECTS
While we expand our public transportation system, Measure R makes sure that our highways meet residents’ needs. There are currently 15 Measure R highway projects in various stages of construction and planning.
MAJOR HIGHWAY PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
MAJOR HIGHWAY PROJECTS IN THE PLANNING PHASE
Current State law limits Measure R to 30 years. By continuing Measure R beyond 2039 and keeping it in place until the voters, themselves, decide to end it, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation 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 sales tax residents currently pay.
To continue Measure R, the State Legislature and Governor have to approve legislation being led by Assembly member Mike Feuer which would remove the current expiration of the half-penny sales tax in 2039.
The MTA Board would then have to vote before the November election to place a Measure R continuation on the ballot.
In order for Measure R continuation to be approved, it would require a two-thirds vote of the people – just as it did in 2008.
A continuation of Measure R Extension would allow us to complete:
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