Would congestion ease under Metro’s traffic improvement ballot measure?

June 21, 2016
A test train runs above Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica along the new Expo Line extension on April 27, 2016. A Metro ballot measure would increase a county sales tax to pay for more new rail, bus and highway improvements.
A test train runs above Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica along the new Expo Line extension on April 27, 2016. A Metro ballot measure would increase a county sales tax to pay for more new rail, bus and highway improvements.
Steve Hymon / Los Angeles Metro

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has proposed a sales tax increase to fund billions in transportation projects. The aim of the measure, called the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan, is to combat traffic congestion through the construction of new rail lines, rapid bus service, and highway expansions. According to Juan Matute, a professor at the UCLA Lewis Center and the Institute of Transportation Studies, the measure has the potential to produce the desired results, especially by improving commute times for bus riders and cyclists.

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