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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 and champion strategies to accelerate its implementation.
This is, as LA County Supervisor ZevÂ Yaroslavsky is fond of saying, LAâ€™s Golden Age of Infrastructure Investment, and thereâ€™s good news on several fronts: There are 3 transit lines under construction now in LA County (Crenshaw just broke ground, and the Expo and the Gold Line extensions to Santa Monica and Azusa are more than 50% complete) and 2 more are likely to start construction as early as this summer (Westside Subway, Regional Connector). Also, the rumor from Washington DC is that thereâ€™s a really good chance the America Fast Forward tax credit bond program that Metro and the City of LA have been advocating will be a part of the transportation reauthorization this year. This bond program is Part 2 of the 2-part â€ś30-10â€ť financing strategy to build all Measure R-funded rail lines in 10 years not 30 — Part 1 is the TIFIA low-interest loan program adopted by Congress in 2012. The bond program would bring the â€ś30-10â€ť plan back into view and allow for the acceleration of more LA transit projects. Last but not least, ongoing discussions about what could be funded by Measure R-2 (a possible half-cent sales tax increase or sales tax extension) just get more interesting as time goes by. The link below is one possible formulation of what a new tax could fund, based on the conversations Move LA has participated in.
Google has donated $6.8 million to the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (Muni) for a pilot program that would allow low- and middle-income San Francisco kids aged 5 to 17 to ride Muni for free. The donation comes as Bay Area tech companies have experienced increasing criticism from city … MORE
Last week US Senator Barbara Boxer urged lawmakers to quickly “save” the Highway Trust Fund from insolvency due to a reduction in gas tax revenues because people are driving less and cars are more fuel efficient. The Congressional Budget Office and U.S. Department of Transportation have projected that the … MORE
Both the TIFIA low-interest loan program and a new class of federal tax credit bonds are in President Obama’s proposal for a 4-year federal transportation bill â€” these two financing strategies were part 1 and part 2 of LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s “30-10″ plan.
In 2012 Mayor Villaraigosa and LA … MORE
Three transit projects are underway in downtown San Bernardino: The sbX bus rapid transit line is already under construction, and ground was broken last week for a downtown intermodal transit center as well as an extension of Metrolink to the center from the Santa Fe depot to the west. … MORE
Those leaving include Doug Failing, director of Metro’s highway programs, Roger Moliere, director of real estate, and CFO Terry Matsumoto and Real Estate. One source told the LA Times that paying fewer executive directors may help ease the agency’s financial issues: Metro is facing an operating deficit of $36 … MORE
Move LA is a co-sponsor. And there are scholarships, travel grants, and a sliding scale for registration ($25 to $100)!
Here’s the deal: Join advocates and leaders from across California for 2 days in Sacramento to learn about and educate legislators about the need for more transportation choices. On Tuesday … MORE
Because Super Bowl ads often glorify cars and their drivers and because there are never any ads glorifying transit and transit riders, nextcity.org created this pretty awesome video. Next City is a nonprofit organization and online media publication “dedicated to connecting cities and informing the people who work to … MORE
Apparently Amtrak is planning to offer â€śresidenciesâ€ť â€” long roundtrip train rides for free â€” to writers! Read more on The Wire blog.
U.S Rep. Bill Shuster, head of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, hasn’t been willing to commit to any particular proposal for funding transportation even though the Highway Trust Fund predicted to remain solvent only through September of this year. Lawmakers have been lining up behind various funding … MORE
David Abelâ€™s annual VerdeXchange conference — the 7th annualÂ heldÂ in the LA Hotel Downtown last week â€“ is a place where high-profile decision-makers come together to publicly discuss and debate LAâ€™s green future and the global green economy with this subtext: Markets in California are opportunity-rich. Speakers ranging from LA … MORE