Letters: Transit for all of L.A. County – Los Angeles Times

The following Letter originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

Letters: Transit for all of L.A. County

By Congressman Adam Schiff

Re “More taxes for more transit?,” Editorial, Nov. 24

When voters approved Measure R in 2008, it allowed our region to move forward on transportation improvements that benefited all of Los Angeles County.

The half-cent sales tax increase changed L.A.’s landscape drastically, with a new dedicated busway, new light-rail connections and other major projects in the pipeline, including the Expo Line’s extension to Santa Monica, the first half of the Gold Line extension to Azusa and the Crenshaw light-rail line to LAX.

As Metro weighs a new tax measure, it must appeal to voters throughout the county. Asking them to approve any new tax or an extension of the existing tax, if it primarily benefits only one area or city, would be inequitable and risk the high level of support necessary for passage.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has already reached out to all of the communities in the county to make a regionally balanced list of projects for a new tax measure. This approach will be critical to the success of any future measure.

Rep. Adam Schiff


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