Everyone talks about being stuck in traffic, but Los Angeles County voters did something about it.
In November 2008, Measure R was approved by an amazing two-thirds majority, committing a projected $40 billion to traffic relief and transportation upgrades throughout the county over the next 30 years.
Measure R will help fund dozens of critical transit and highway projects, create more than 210,000 new construction jobs and infuse an estimated $32 billion back into the local economy, according to estimates by the nonprofit Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.
Some of Measure R’s most immediate benefits will be for the 88 cities in Los Angeles County. In the first full year of implementation, local jurisdictions are expected to receive a total of over $100 million for their transportation needs.
These funds may be put to work by cities for projects such as pothole repairs, major street resurfacing, left-turn signals, bikeways, pedestrian improvements, streetscapes, traffic signal synchronization and local transit services.
The remaining Measure R funds will finance dozens of new transit and highway projects countywide and accelerate those already in the pipeline. In addition, fares for Metro bus and rail service will remain the same for a year, while discounted fares for disabled, senior, student and Medicare riders will not be raised for five years.
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