Saturday, October 8, 2016

[TransportNews] L.A. Metro's Telephone Town Hall Meetings: 12+19 October




Metro will host two telephone town hall meetings on Wednesday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 19, 2016 to educate the citizens of Los Angeles County on Measure M. Using innovative telephone technology, the senior staff will speak directly with members of the community providing information and answering questions on Measure M and other issues facing the agency. The town halls are scheduled as follows:
  • Wednesday, October 12 6:30 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 19 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Thirty thousand registered voters will be called each evening, at random, through an automated system and invited to participate in the telephone forum. Those who choose to participate can hear about Measure M, Metro’s long range transportation plan, local bus and rail service, and other projects underway.

How to participate in the Telephone Town Hall

  1. In addition to automatic calls, you can also  RSVP to receive an email reminder.
  2. On the day of the meeting, call the toll-free call-in number
    • English: 888-400- 1932
    • Spanish: 888-400- 9342
  3. Listen online to the Live Webcast from your browser
  4. ADA Language AccommodationIf you require an interpreter or other accommodations, please contact Metro at least 72 hours prior to the telephone town hall meeting date at 323-466- 3876 or California Relay Service at 711.

Measure M

The Metro Board of Directors has approved placing a sales tax ballot measure, titled the Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan, on the November 8, 2016, ballot. Voters will be asked: 
“To improve freeway traffic flow/safety; repair potholes/sidewalks; repave local streets; earthquake-retrofit bridges; synchronize signals; keep senior/disabled/student fares affordable; expand rail/subway/bus systems; improve job/school/airport connections; and create jobs; shall voters authorize a Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan through a ½ ¢ sales tax and continue the existing ½ ¢ traffic relief tax until voters decide to end it, with independent audits/oversight and funds controlled locally?”

Why is Metro proposing Measure M?

Angelenos spend an average of 81 hours a year stuck in traffic. Currently, there are 10.2 million people living in LA County, and we are projected to grow by 2.3 million people in the next 40 years. Traffic congestion and air pollution are expected to get worse with more growth, and the measure is intended to raise money to meet those needs.

Subregional Fact Sheets
The following fact sheets summarize the projects and Measure M funding for each Los Angeles County region if the measure passes.
(Source: http://theplan.metro.net/#telephone)

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