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Thursday, April 14, 2016

San Fernando Valley residents OK with 1-cent transit tax, MTA poll says

http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20160412/san-fernando-valley-residents-ok-with-1-cent-transit-tax-mta-poll-says

By Dana Bartholomew, April 12, 2016

 The Pierce College Orange Line stop. (Daily News file photo)

 The Pierce College Orange Line stop.


Nearly three out of four San Fernando Valley residents support an upcoming sales tax measure to pay for traffic congestion relief, according to an MTA poll this week.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority polled roughly 100 residents at a community forum in Van Nuys on Monday, of whom 72 percent said they would vote yes on a 1-cent sales tax to raise $120 billion for new highway, bus and rail projects and more, Metro officials reported Tuesday.

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The sales tax measure, now up for public comment, will likely be put on the November ballot. The 1-cent tax measure would require a two-thirds approval by voters. The last ballot ffort to extend the current Measure R tax, known as Measure J, narrowly failed four years ago.

Of those who took an electronic poll in Van Nuys, according to the MTA:

• 72 percent would vote to support the measure if the election were held today

• 73 percent would support extending the measure to 50 years, rather than 40, to pay for more projects

• 81 percent would support continued funding after transit projects are built to keep the system in good working order • 70 percent favored building fewer projects but getting them completed sooner
When asked to pick their top priority for more investment, 49 percent picked rail as No. 1.

Metro officials say the measure, now informally dubbed a Measure R extension and a Measure R2 addition, would enhance mobility, ease congestion, keep the economy moving and lead to a better quality of life for the next generation of Angelenos.

The agency is hosting public meetings across Los Angeles County to present details on its plan. A public comment period runs through June.

Valley representatives and business leaders have supported the measure they say could finally bring the Valley its “fair share” of rail, bus and bikeway links to Los Angeles.

The proposal includes Valley transit upgrades for Sepulveda Pass, Van Nuys Boulevard and Orange Line rail lines, plus a dedicated busway to the San Gabriel Valley.