LOS ANGELES COUNTY — “Now that the Registrar has verified that Measure J has failed, it is vital that we move forward this time with an equitable regional transportation system that includes rail connections to LAX, Bob Hope, Ontario, Palmdale, Long Beach municipal airports and other transit needs,” said MTA Chairman Michael D. Antonovich.
Supervisor Antonovich emphasized the need to work with the input and cooperation of all our cities and unincorporated communities. “We must stop undermining communities including the San Fernando Valley, by sending their tax dollars over the hill to the Subway and Expo Line projects. It is wrong to tax some communities to fund the private interest of one.”
“Our County’s 88 cities and 134 unincorporated communities voters spoke – Measure J was not the answer to developing a cost-effective regional transit system that meets our entire county’s current and future needs,” he added. “Unlike Measure J, a new plan will not lock funding to communities at their 2004 population percentages, paralyzing the Santa Clarita, San Gabriel, Antelope Valleys and the South Bay’s ability to meet their transit needs.”
The voters’ rejection of Measure J allows our county, cities and unincorporated communities to present a regional transit plan that will include connective rail to our airports and extend the Gold Line to Claremont, Bob Hope Airport, and South El Monte.
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