AIA Los Angeles Endorses Measure J
Last Updated: October 9, 2012
3780 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA
Los Angeles, CA (October 3, 2012) - The American Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles (AIA|LA) strongly endorses Measure J and encourages architects and designers to vote YES on Measure J on November 6, 2012.
Measure J will accelerate the construction of the highway and transit projects approved by the voters in 2008 by Measure R. By extending the half-cent sales tax to the year 2069, METRO will be able to secure financing to complete all of the Measure R transit projects within the next ten years.
Without Measure J, Measure R projects will be built over the course of the next thirty years as funding becomes available. With Measure J, the Westside Subway Extension will be completed by 2022 rather than by 2036; the Regional Connector will be completed by 2019 rather than 2025. Measure J will also provide significant savings to the region through avoided interest payments.
A world-class city deserves a world-class transit system. Accelerating the completion of our regional transportation network helps make Southern California more economically competitive (effective transit is the bedrock of economic activity) as well as more environmentally sustainable (by emphasizing healthier mobility options.)
Measure J funds transportation improvements and operations of regional transit systems for an additional 30 years over Measure R with built in flexibility to shift funding between regions of Los Angeles County. According to the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Measure J will help advance the creation of 250,000 jobs (direct, indirect and induced workers), at an average cost of $25 per person per year in additional sales tax - a very good return for the tax-payers investment.
Help Southern California meet the transit challenges of the future and vote YES on Measure J.