LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Voters overwhelming passed Measure M that will raise the countywide sales tax by a half-cent to fund transportation projects in Los Angeles County.
Over the next 40 years, M is supposed to pump $120 billion into projects that would improve and build rail lines, streets and freeways to relieve traffic congestion.
But don’t expect to see much relief any time soon. Some experts predict commuters will not see any radical reduction, as much as 15 percent, in commuting time for another 40 years, and Metro officials agree.
“At the top of the list in terms of going into construction is the 96th Street station that will be a connection to LAX,” said Pauletta Tonilas, Chief Communications Officer at LA Metro.
That project is scheduled to break ground in 2018.
Then there’s “the Orange Line, BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), also the Gold Line Extension to Claremont,” Tonilas said.