Los Angeles County residents will vote in November on a measure that would increase sales tax by a half cent. The plan would raise $860 million to improve rail and freeway infrastructure, including the extension of the Gold Line to Claremont in the San Gabriel Valley. The current line runs from Azusa to Union Station.
Although the Gold Line does not pass through Alhambra, the city has a proposal to connect Alhambra residents to the South Pasadena station through an ACT shuttle bus service with a 25-cent fare. Presented at the Sept. 12 Alhambra City Council meeting, the proposed shuttle would run on a similar route to the existing Blue Line with the exception of stopping in South Pasadena on Mission Street and Meridian Avenue.
The Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan, called Measure M, would also provide about $1.2 million to the city of Alhambra for “street improvements, pothole repair, signals, etc,” through Local Return funding during the first full year of implementation, according to Metro’s SGV factsheet.
Construction will begin on a mega project in every sub-region of LA County within the first 15 years, the SGV Tribune reported. A plan for a tunnel to connect the I-710 from Alhambra to Pasadena was not included in the measure.
The measure will create 465,900 jobs and ease traffic congestion, the SGV Tribune reported.
South Bay cities, who cited confusing wording on the ballot as a reason to oppose the sales tax measure, had their petition rejected by a judge early September, the LA Daily News reported.
The Bus Riders Union, also opposed to Measure M, felt that the measure would focus on the rail system instead of the bus lines, leaving bus riders “waiting longer at bus stops for less frequent service,” the SGV Tribune reported.
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