In mid August over 40 partners came together with Metro leadership to discuss how the potential 2016 transportation sales tax ballot measure can address social equity and public health.
The group discussion centered around several ideas such as:
- Working to have adopted potential 2016 Sales Tax Framework adopted by Metro Board in October 2015
- Ensuring process of expenditure plan involved stakeholder input and dialogue
- Augmenting measure R and adding 1/4 cent for a new measure
- Developing consensus on definition of social equity in Los Angeles County transportation investments for the framework
- Using data not anecdotes – how can partners provide data to Metro and this process?
- Increasing funds for active transportation
- Learning from other state and regional best practices prioritizing funds with social equity models for investments prioritization
- Polling data – how can leaders in this room have input in Metro’s polling questions?
- Addressing unintended consequences like displacement and rise in property values (Metro’s recent memo on Transit Oriented Development)
- Ensuring funds allocation to grow operations, protect core transit riders and improve bus service
Thank you to Metro and all our partners who were able to attend, we look forward to continuing this dialogue and working together to support social equity and public health in Metro’s policies and investments.
- Have you signed on to our public health and social equity recommendations for potential 2016 Transportation Sales Tax framework? Join us – and sign on by Monday 8/30 (click here)
- RSVP for our September Partner meeting on 9/9 today (click here)