Metro Chief Executive Officer Art Leahy sent this email to Metro stakeholders on Friday:
Dear Metro Stakeholder,
Measure J, the proposed 30-year extension of the Measure R half-cent transportation sales tax in L.A. County to accelerate transportation projects, fell just short of the required two-thirds majority needed to pass on election night. It did, however, receive an overwhelming 64.7% of the vote. We are encouraged by this expression of confidence as it indicates a clear public mandate for the rapid growth of regional transit and highway projects, extending local transportation funds to cities, and continued transit operational improvements to serve our region's mobility needs.
Moving forward, Metro remains focused on our core mission — continued improvement of our bus, rail and highway systems, while also delivering twenty-seven new transit and highway projects over the next 25 years as approved by voters when they passed Measure R in 2008. Just this year we opened the Canoga extension of the Metro Orange Line and the first phase of the Expo Line to Culver City. Currently, construction is underway for the Expo Line Phase 2 and the Gold Line Foothill Extension. Shortly, we will begin construction of the Crenshaw/LAX corridor, the Regional Connector and the Westside Subway Extension. Among the highway projects, the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project is advancing toward completion. Additional highway improvements across Los Angeles County are progressing, including pursuit of a High Desert Corridor project and widening and capacity enhancements to Interstate 5.
We have a lot to look forward to as our County undertakes one of the biggest transportation infrastructure programs in the nation. Thank you for your continued partnership, support and commitment as we work together to improve mobility and the quality of life for the Los Angeles region.
Best wishes on this Veterans Day weekend as we celebrate the men and women who have served our country.
Arthur T. Leahy
Chief Executive Officer