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No-sunset transportation sales tax to fund Los Angeles Metro

Traffic-fatigued Los Angeles County residents have long envied the cohesive transit available in the Bay Area. But that system offers warning signs too: Bay Area Rapid Transit has been hit by delays and damaged train cars and now needs a ballot measure to pass just so it can repair its aging stations.

Here in Los Angeles County, as we continue expanding the Metro system, we don't want to wind up like BART, which found the funds to build lines--but not to maintain them. Metro needs a dedicated source of operating revenue to keep our trains moving.

That is a key reason why I will vote today as a member of the Metro Board of Directors to place the Los Angeles Traffic Improvement Plan on the November ballot--funded by a "no sunset" transportation sales tax.

Source: 2016 Veepstakes: Eric Garcetti OpEd in Los Angeles Times , Jun 23, 2016

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