With the support of nearly 70 percent of Los Angeles county voters, Measure M won approval on November 8. This authorizes a new one-half cent sales tax starting in 2017 that will help fund 40 major highway and transit projects over years to come. The vote extends Measure R, set to expire in 2039. This funding via sales tax continues indefinitely unless voters decide to rescind it.
The $860 million a year Measure M is estimated to raise will now fund a variety of projects throughout Los Angeles County including: highway improvements and expansion, bus operations and maintenance, transit and rail improvements and upgrades, airport connections, and bike and pedestrian connections. The monies also help keep senior, student and disabled transit fares affordable.
According to the latest economic forecast by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, these projects will help create 465,690 new jobs across the area as plans include building new infrastructure as well as upgrading and repairing freeways, transit and local streets, sidewalks and bicycle paths.
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