Measure J would extend the current Measure R half-cent sales tax, which was approved by county voters in 2008, to mid-2069. Such an extension would enable Metro to borrow against that guaranteed income and accelerate several Measure R transit projects, including the Purple Line extension to Westwood, the Eastside Gold Line extension to South El Monte or Whittier, the Metro Connector to LAX, the Green Line South Bay extension to Torrance, the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor project, the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor project, and the Gold Line to Monrovia Montclair. This in turn allows Metro to open these critical lines years sooner than currently planned.
Measure J would also allow the Metro Board to shift funds between highway and transit projects within a region with a 2/3 vote. The annual independent audit, and ongoing monitoring by the independent taxpayer oversight committee, as outlined in Measure R, will continue under Measure J.
The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation reports that Measure J would advance the 250,000 jobs that would be available under Measure R, and will add 200,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs across the region.
Los Angeles County voters will decide the matter on Tuesday, November 6. To learn more about Measure J, visit the Metro website