APA Los Angeles is pleased to support Measure M, a half-cent sales tax ballot measure to fund Metro’s Long Range Transportation Plan. The measure will be placed on the November 8, 2016 ballot, and the $120 billion that it is projected to provide over 40 years will be used improve mobility, provide transportation options, stimulate the local economy, and create jobs. Measure M would extend Measure R and provide funding to all 88 cities in Los Angeles County to address local transportation concerns by relieving traffic congestion, implementing street improvements, making bicycle and pedestrian connections, and improving public transportation. This includes investments in bus, rail transit, freeways, local highways and streets, bikeways, sidewalks and goods movement infrastructure.
While ongoing debates surround the planning and implementation of specific projects and programs, Measure M as a whole would create a dramatically improved transportation system to improve communities and redefine commutes for residents in every corner of the County. APA’s national transportation vision includes empowering and improving metropolitan mobility; integrated planning for sustainable communities; investments that promote economic growth and competitiveness, location efficiency, safety, and accessibility for all users; and flexible, performance-driven funding options. Using our adopted national policies as a guide, APA Los Angeles affirms that the focused mobility investments offered by Measure M will help achieve this vision and are deserving of our support.
In the full statement downloadable here, we offer an analysis of the alignment between APA’s 2010 Policy Guide on Surface Transportation and the goals stipulated in Measure M. More information regarding Metro’s sales tax measure can be found at theplan.metro.net.