Governor Brown signs bill that would allow Metro to pursue ballot measure

As many readers know, Metro has been working on a potential update to the agency’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) — in addition to a potential ballot measure to help fund projects in the plan. Governor Jerry Brown today signed a bill, AB 767 by Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), that would allow Metro to put a measure before voters in 2016, if the agency so chooses.

In response to the Governor signing the bill, Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas issued the following statement:

“Angelenos have been tremendously supportive of measures that help build and expand our transportation system ‎and reduce congestion. We appreciate the Governor and State Legislature’s leadership on this regional priority. The signing of this bill will allow Metro to continue to work with local stakeholders to determine whether to proceed with a measure for the November 2016 ballot.”

To emphasize the point: the Metro Board of Directors has not yet approved an updated LRTP, nor has the Board voted to put anything on the ballot. The Board is scheduled to make decisions about the LRTP and the ballot measure in 2016.

In the meantime, stay tuned to The Source. We’ll continue to track the issue and post Metro staff reports and updates as they become available.

5 replies

  1. Pretty much expected this bill to be signed anyway considering it’s a bill authored by a Democrat and a Democrat governor.

    Doesn’t really matter, I’m going to vote no on any measure Metro plans to introduce next year.

  2. All right now!!!!! Let the LTR Building Boom START ASAP!!!! BIGGER, BETTER, FASTER, SAFER, ACROSS LA!!!!! connect the Green line to NORWALK METRO-LINK STATION!!!! BUILD THE SAN~ANNA LTR, EXPAND THE GOLD LINE SOUTHEAST, UPGRADE THE ORANGE LINE TO LTR!!!!!!! BUILD THAT PURPLE LINE!!!! NOW!!!! EXPAND THE RED LINE TO BOB-HOPE AIRPORT!!!!! AND…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. BUT FIRST WE HAVE TO GET THE PUBLIC TO VOTE YES ON IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MORE THAN 2/3 VOTING PUBLIC!!!!! WE CAN DO IT!!!

  3. This is awesome, lets build more pedestrian tunnels at trains station please. Just got a jay walking ticket since I stepped into the crosswalk with 6 seconds left on the count down. Metro app told me I had two minutes to make my train. Well, the T-1000 basically had a “I’m going to make you miss another train now that I know whats important to you” demeanor; that sucked. Maybe I impeded someone’s right turn, who knows. Would’ve been nice to have been underground already, and not have been treated to a reservation at the Courthouse from the T-1000. I’m just sayin, I never see bus lane tickets being issued to drivers, ever!