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30/10 Public Transit Plan Could be Derailed Over Highway Projects & 'Regional Equity'

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been going around selling his 30/10 plan to everyone, even to President Barack Obama. The idea is to get a $30 to $40 billion loan from the federal government with a guarantee that Metro will pay it back with funds raised from Measure R, the 2008 voter-approved sales tax. The money would build 12 transportation projects slated to be completed within 30 years in 10 years instead. The idea is a first-of-a-kind and is garnering a coalition of support.

But not all people are happy with it and the Metro board tomorrow will vote to support the plan or not, which will be a key endorsement when the federal powers that be ever make their final decision.

“While 30/10 sounds great on paper, the plan is inherently flawed and neglects large regions of the County," County Supervisor Michael Antonovich said a statement this week. He represents the northern parts of the county, from Pasadena to Santa Clarita and into the Antelope Valley.