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MTA will Hold Public Hearing in Santa Clarita to Determine Use of Transportation Funds

Wednesday March 05, 2003

The MTA will conduct a public hearing in the Santa Clarita Valley on Wednesday, March 12th to receive ideas and suggestions for meeting public transportation needs in the Santa Clarita Valley area. The hearing will be held at the Santa Clarita City Council Chambers, 23920 Valencia Blvd., at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

he Transportation Development Act of 1971 requires that one-fourth of the 6 percent state sale tax revenue collected in Los Angeles County be returned to the County for public transportation purposes.

Article 8 of the TDA stipulates that a proportional share of the sales tax revenue be allocated to areas in the County that do not have MTA service. Article 8 applies to approximately 5 percent of the County population that resides in the Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley and Santa Catalina Island.

TDA funds must be spent for public transit purposes when a legitimate need for transit service can be identified. However, if no “unmet transit needs” are found, sales tax revenue may be used for street and road purposes.

Each year, the MTA holds public hearings in areas outside the Agency’s service area to determine if any unmet transit needs exist. Following the hearings, and after receiving input form the Hearing Board and Social Services Transportation Advisory Council, the MTA will decide whether there are unmet transit needs in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Those unable to attend the hearing may submit written comments to MTA by March 31, 2003. Comments should be sent to the MTA Article 8 Hearing Record, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Attention: Susan Richan (mail stop 99-23-3). For information regarding TDA funds or the public hearing, contact Susan Richan at (213) 922-3017.

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