The following excerpt appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on November 16, 2016. To read the full article, click here.
Millennials, Latinos voted for Measure M in huge numbers; older voters shunned it – San Gabriel Valley Tribune
By Steve Scauzillo
November 16, 2016
Overwhelming support from two groups — millennials and Latinos — propelled Measure M to victory in Los Angeles County, according to polling and numbers from the preliminary results of the vote.
The half-cent sales tax, which is expected to raise $860 million a year for building new rail projects, adding bus lines, fixing congested freeway interchanges and filling potholes, passed with nearly 70 percent support.
With the measure, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency, or Metro as it is commonly called, scored the largest transit-funding coup in the nation on Election Day. The money, which will total $120 billion over 40 years, will help build projects including a train through the Sepulveda Pass and extensions of the Purple, Gold and Green lines.
Looking at the numbers behind the measure’s passage, a few demographic and geographic trends become clear: Young people and minority communities see a future with fewer cars, and more trains and buses.
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