A new LA County transportation half-cent sales tax just cleared a big hurdle – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The following excerpt appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on June 23, 2016. To read the full article, click here.

A new LA County transportation half-cent sales tax just cleared a big hurdle – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

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Gold Line riders wait at the Del Mar Station in Pasadena. If the half-cent transportation tax is approved it would be used to extend the Gold Line to Claremont. San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

By Steve Scauzillo

June 23, 2016

[Excerpt]:

A ballot measure that would raise the sales tax in Los Angeles County by a half cent and fund $120 billion in rail and freeway improvements over the next 50 years moved a step closer Thursday to being considered by the voters.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) board — by an 11-2 vote — approved the measure for placement on the Nov. 8 ballot. Though considered a formality, the county Board of Supervisors, whose members also sit on the 13-member Metro board, have until Aug. 12 to place the initiative on the ballot.

The new tax would fund numerous projects in the next 10 years, including: a possible light-rail train through the Sepulveda Pass connecting the Westside with the San Fernando Valley; extension of the Gold Line from Glendora to Claremont; completion of the Purple Line subway to Westwood; a mega Green Line station at 96th Street that will accommodate a people mover into the central terminal of Los Angeles International Airport; and a Green Line extension to Crenshaw Boulevard in Torrance.

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