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Today, the Metro Board meets for their monthly meeting, but today is especially important because they will be voting on whether or not to ask voters in November to raise the sales tax a half-cent to 8.75%. Despite opposition, namely from the San Gabriel Valley over the Gold Line Extension, it is expected to pass. However, the politicians in Sacramento have to pass a bill to allow the proposal to go forward on the ballot. It's tricky business, but if all went according to Metro's plan, here's a good highlight of what will be funded, per Steve Hymon's list on the Bottleneck Blog (he also had an article in the print edition today):

  • $7.9 billion for county-wide bus operations and expansion
  • $6 billion to local cities for transportation needs on per capita basis
  • $4 billion for a Westside subway extension
  • $1.1 billion for Metrolink operations and expansion
  • $1 billion for a mass transit project along the 405 freeway in Sepulveda Pass
  • $971 million for Crenshaw Boulevard light rail or busway
  • $925 million for completion of the Expo Line light rail to Santa Monica
  • $735 million for the extension of the Gold Line from Pasadena to Claremont