Foothill Gold Line E-News

November 2, 2016


Lots of Discussion about Measure M - the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan

As you know, next Tuesday (November 8), county residents will vote on Measure M - the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan, a sales tax measure placed on the ballot by Los Angeles County Metro. The measure proposes a new half-cent sales tax starting in July 2017, along with an extension of the 2008-voter approved Measure R half-cent sales tax beyond the current expiration year of 2039.

If approved by two-thirds of voters, the Foothill Gold Line to the county line in Claremont would be one of the first of about 40 major capital transit and highway projects to break ground under the measure.

Over the last week, there has been a lot of discussion in the county newspapers about Measure M. Here is a sampling of some of the most recent articles, opinions and letters to the editor:

Op-Ed: Provincial feuding over Measure M will make traffic and mobility worse for everyone - Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-elkind-measure-m-parochial-opposition-20161025-snap-story.html

Measure M: Critical for LA’s Economic Future - Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-leslie/measure-m-critical-for-la_b_12625240.html

Measure M can thaw L.A. County’s glacial traffic: Guest commentary - Pasadena Star-News
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/opinion/20161028/measure-m-can-thaw-la-countys-glacial-traffic-guest-commentary

Measure M would get L.A. County transit up to speed: Zev Yaroslavsky - Los Angeles Daily News
http://www.dailynews.com/opinion/20161028/measure-m-would-get-la-county-transit-up-to-speed-zev-yaroslavsky

Yes on M; we must invest in transportation: Guest commentary - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
http://www.dailybulletin.com/opinion/20161028/yes-on-m-we-must-invest-in-transportation-guest-commentary

Car-crazy Los Angeles might have a few things to teach the smug Bay Area about mass transit - Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-transit-bay-area-la-20161028-story.html

On Measure M, readers disagree with the editorial board: Letters - San Gabriel Valley Tribune
http://www.sgvtribune.com/opinion/20161028/on-measure-m-readers-disagree-with-the-editorial-board-letters

Measure M has a detailed expenditure plan which lays out how the new funds generated by the tax would be spent over the first four decades. More information about Measure M can be found at theplan.metro.net.


VIDEO: State of the Project

Watch this six-minute video to learn from the agency’s board of directors their perspective on the State of the Foothill Gold Line:

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Foothill Gold Line TOD Story in Southern California News Group Papers

Below is an excerpt from the story that ran in today's SCNG papers (San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and Los Angeles Daily News) highlighting the amount of development that has taken place within one-half mile of a current or future Gold Line station since the first segment opened for passenger service in 2003, and what the development has meant to the economic health of the region. To read the full article, click here.

This group quantified the financial impact from the Gold Line, and it’s in the billions

(Photo by Walt Mancini/SGVN)

By Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

[Excerpt]:

The Foothill Gold Line has long been touted as an important piece of Southern California’s growing transit network, but a pair of new reports show it is also generating billions of dollars in private investment along its 18 stations running from Chinatown to Montclair.

One report from real estate and business consulting firm The Maxima Group reveals that existing projects and others that are underway have resulted in $6.7 billion in private investment along the corridor since 2003.

Broken out, that includes more than 12,500 new housing units, 3.6 million square feet of commercial space and 1,400 hotel rooms within a half-mile radius of a Gold Line station.

Those investments have created nearly 50,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction, 20,000 ongoing jobs for Los Angeles County workers and $50 million in annual tax revenues to the county.

To read the full article, click here.

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