Welcome to Move LA!

Move LA's mission is to build a broad constituency that will advocate for the development of a comprehensive, diverse, robust, clean and financially sound public transportation system for Los Angeles County. Move LA also champions strategies to accelerate system implementation and policies to ensure that there are prosperous and healthy neighborhoods around stations where people of all ages and incomes can live, work and thrive.

Vancouver Looks to LA for Insight on Transit Referendum From “One of the Continent’s Most Successful Pro-Transit Coalitions”


And that coalition is Move LA, according to the Globe and Mail! Denny Zane told the reporter Frances Bula that while a sales tax is not the ideal way to pay for transit, it is the most politically saleable, as was evidenced by polling done before the decision was made to put the Measure R half-cent sales tax for transportation on the LA County ballot in 2008. Denny added that a vehicle levy would have made more sense by making it more expensive to drive and thereby changing the choices people would make, but that polling showed that people really didn’t like vehicle fees.

“There wasn’t clear evidence why,” Denny said. “The only thing we could conclude was that it’s paid in one lump sum, while the sales tax is paid in small increments. Our key criteria [when the referendum was being planned] was what would raise enough money to matter and [what was] politically viability. The sales tax scored high on both.”

The Globe and Mail story said that Move LA has become a model for other cities in Canada and the United States, especially Vancouver as it braces for its own transit referendum in March. The Globe and Mail is Canada’s largest national newspaper.

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Initiative Avalanche on 2016 Ballot?


November’s record-low turnout means it will be easier than ever to qualify a voter initiative for the ballot, since the number of signatures required to qualify is a percentage of the total votes cast for governor. Since only 7.3 million people voted, the far for qualifying ballot measures will drop … MORE

Does LA Have Serious New Transit Mojo or What?


From our friends at LA Metro and The Source. And there’s more:

Just As A Point of Reference, SoCal . . .


When it comes to city pollution, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo is clearly ready for battle. Speaking to the French press Sunday, Paris’ first female mayor announced what could be the most drastic anti-pollution measures any major world city has implemented yet: By 2020, no diesel fuel at all will … MORE

China Announces 32 New High-Speed Rail Lines and the U.S. Is Building 1?


China is announcing the roll-out of 32 new high-speed rail lines tomorrow. Check out the Chinese high-speed rail yard below, and below the map that shows the shortened travel times between Chinese cities once new lines are built. And then read this excerpt from the Planning Report’s just-published Q … MORE

CicLAvia: A Good Day in South LA


CicLAvia took to the streets of South LA on Sunday from lovely Leimert Park to the historic Dunbar Hotel on Central Avenue, with many testifying on twitter that it was the best and friendliest CicLAvia ever — with spontaneous dance parties and impromptu soccer games, drum processions, live music … MORE

Rail to LAX Plans Start Coming Into Focus


The latest from Los Angeles World Airports (which runs LAX), as presented to Metro’s board last week: There will be three stations constructed inside the central terminal area for the automated people mover that will connect the Crenshaw Line/LAX line to LAX at the Aviation/96th Street station. There will … MORE


LA Mayor Eric Garcetti was able to restart stalled talks between Kinkisharyo International LLC and labor and community groups last week with the result that the manufacturer of rail vehicles will expand its light rail manufacturing plant in Palmdale instead of moving its operations out of LA County. Garcetti, … MORE

Caltrans Allocates $212M of $550M total to LA Metro


Caltrans doled out $550 million of what’s left of Prop 1B, the $20 billion transportation bond passed by voters in 2006, providing some of the largest allocations to LA Metro, including $106 million for Expo Phase 2, $59 million for the Regional Connector, $41 million for bus procurement, and … MORE

Urbanful: Millennials Demand Public Transportation, But Lose Out By Skipping the Voting Booth


On November 2, the online magazine Urbanful put out an article on how millennials’ transportation habits are changing the way cities plan for the future. On November 5, it became clear that millennial’s voting habits have an equally profound effect on public policy, in the opposite direction.

High profile ballot … MORE