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.