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New Video Explains Just How L.A.'s Metro Will Grow If Measure M Passes

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Forgive us, but we wouldn't keep posting stuff about Measure M if it wasn't so important!. The above seven-minute video, put together by Nick Andert, gives its viewers a clear blueprint of how the many mass transit projects Measure M would fund (if passed) would be actually built. The animation accessibly lays out the expected timeline and sequence in which new Metro projects would be completed.

Basically, Andert closely read the Measure M documents for the anticipated dates of completion on all the Metro projects funded by the ballot measure. Using that information, Andert imported a Metro map he had previously made into Adobe After Effects, and animated the lines in order of their construction.

Through the video, Andert does a pretty solid job of explaining some of the nuances of how the rail and bus lines will eventually be built. Andert notes that some of the lines could begin construction at dates other than what's outlined in the Measure M documents, and that some other bus lines could later be converted to rail.

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It's important to note, however, that Measure M will do a whole lot more than just build new rail lines. Like Andert explains at the end of the video, a significant portion (about 20 percent) is devoted to road and freeway maintenance across L.A. County. This portion will be devoted to building HOV lanes across several L.A. County freeways, rebuilding multiple interchanges, and just, generally, improving several stretches of freeway around L.A.

Anywho, the video is fun. If you're registered to vote in L.A. County, consider spending the seven minutes it takes to watch the video a part of your ongoing civic education. Measure M will need a 2/3 majority vote to pass.

If you're curious about the full list of projects, you can take a look at the ballot measure itself. Scroll down to page 25 for a full list of projects Measure M will fund if voters approve it.