What's Next for Public Transit in LA?
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Although expected to pass, it's still extremely close to call. Measure R, which will raise LA County's sales tax a half-cent on the dollar for transportation, is winning by 27,630 votes. It needs two-thirds to pass and it's currently less than a percent higher than that at 67.65%. "At this point, the majority of absentee and provisional ballots have been counted," Bottleneck blogger Steve Hymon notes.
Blogger Darrell Clarke at L.A. Visions nicely summarizes what Metro's head honcho Roger Snoble said on November 6th on KPCC. "Construction of the Foothill Gold Line 'is able to move ahead very quickly, right along with Expo' Line phase 2 to Santa Monica in 2010 (21:00), as well as the Green Line to LAX (19:30)...On accelerating the Purple Line Wilshire Subway (1-D Westside Subway Extension, $4,074M, FY 2034-36), the LA Times Bottleneck Blog reported: 'During the news conference about Measure R's passage, Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief Roger Snoble said it may now be possible to extend the line to Fairfax Avenue within six or seven years and the line could get to Westwood in 20 years.'
Clarke also says the Regional Connector that will bring the Blue, Gold and Expo lines together is "expected to be competitive for federal funding (estimated $708M match to $160M local), which we hope can advance it from its current FY 2023-25 scheduled completion."