Key funding source was the first to generate revenues that were used to build the Metro Rail system and a host of other rail and bus projects.
Proposition A was the first of its kind to bolster the County's ability to respond to gridlock and mobility challenges in LA. Approved by voters in November 1980, Prop A is a half-cent sales tax dedicated to transportation funding.
Prop A has funded municipal transportation projects, improved bus service and initiated plans for a rail system that continues to be expanded today. Between July 1, 1982 and June 30, 1985, bus fares were subsidized at 50 cents thanks to Prop A. Prop A also subsidized an unlimited use transfer charge of 10 cents; a basic monthly transit pass of $20; a monthly transit pass of $4 for the elderly, handicapped and students; and commensurate reductions in express fares.
One-fourth of the funds go to Local Return Programs. These are local jurisdictions, including the 88 cities in the county as well as the unincorporated portion of the county. The monies help these entities develop and improve local public transit, paratransit and related transportation infrastructure. The funds are distributed on a formula basis by population. Local Return funds cannot be used for highways.
Prop A has funded many critical transportation improvements and projects:
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