How Badly Do You Want That New Rail Line?

June 28, 2016
The morning rush in Palo Alto.
The morning rush in Palo Alto.
Stephen Lam / Reuters

Small sales tax increases are increasingly used by cities to finance investments in transportation infrastructure. L.A.’s new Expo Line, which was funded through the annual half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in 2008, is no exception. According to Brian D. Taylor, a transportation expert and professor of urban planning at UCLA, this genre of tax increases is rapidly becoming the only feasible way of paying for ambitious transportation projects.

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