LA’s Regional Approach to Transportation Funding is Winning Fans

Blueprint America reports on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plan to pay for 30 years worth of infrastructure and transportation projects in 10 years. The Mayor is doing this through a half-cent increase of the sales tax that was passed by a two-thirds majority in the greater Los Angeles area. How did Mayor Villaraigosa convince the public to vote in favor of this? Well, by making it a regional, county-wide proposal —

The vote showed that Angelenos, tired of bottlenecks, recognize the need for transportation improvements and are willing to tax themselves for transit, not roads, to get there – no small feat in the region known as the car capital of the world.

Among the dozen projects that would be on the fast track include light rail extensions to Los Angeles International Airport; a long-envisioned subway extension to the city’s Westside providing a high-capacity, high-speed alternative for the 300,000 people who travel to the L.A.’s “second downtown” every day from throughout the county; the Crenshaw Corridor light rail line; a Metro Green Line extension in the South Bay; an Eastside extension of the Metro Gold Line from East Los Angeles; and transit projects serving the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valley.

Seems like LA is making strides in improving its public transportation system. Who knew it would come to this? Maybe the Lehigh Valley is next. Perhaps a half-cent sales tax increase for new regional public transit projects is the key.

About Beata Bujalska

Beata Bujalska is the former Campaign Coordinator for Renew Lehigh Valley. She currently lives in Panama, a place that fascinates her due to (among other reasons) its recent development boom.

Posted on September 29, 2010, in Municipal Government, Neighborhoods, Public Infrastructure, Transportation and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. TEA Party decries taxation, and politicians love the ‘no new taxes’ mantra. But common sense tells us that people don’t mind paying taxes if they actually accomplish something. Even here in the Lehigh Valley, we’ve seen several successful votes to pay for open space & farmland preservation with higher taxes.

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