Denny Zane, former mayor of Santa Monica and executive director of the Subway to the Sea Coalition, has called a meeting. A meeting of experts from across the spectrum of expertdom. A meeting about the greatest challenge our world has ever faced.
Los Angeles Traffic.
Denny Zane and some of the city’s greatest minds will converge at an inconvenient time for the employed: Thursday, January 10, 8:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m. They’re not just talking traffic either. They’re talking funding. Like, how to get it.
I say, make it more expensive to drive a car in L.A. Raise the gas tax. Raise developer transportation fees. Halt all freeway expansion. Replace each Metro bus line with rail until there is a complete rail network. Use streetcar lines in underserved areas where subways are cost-prohibitive.
Some interesting funding solutions on the meeting’s agenda, like a Driver’s License fee increase, listed after the jump.
LACTFC invites you to attend It’s Time to Move LA!, a community conference to address Los Angeles County’s transportation funding challenge by bringing together key constituencies to explore alternative transportation funding and implementation strategies. It ought to be clear to all – an effective transportation funding program is needed to ensure a robust and efficient transportation system in 21st century Los Angeles.
It’s Time to Move LA! will set the stage for business, labor, health, environmental and community leaders to perhaps find a common agenda that can ultimately be presented to Los Angeles County leaders, agencies and, possibly, voters.
Join us in this vital dialogue.
LA County Transportation Funding Collaborative
* State constitutional amendment permitting voter approval of transportation funding with 55% vote
* Ensuring state sales taxes on gasoline go to transportation purposes
* State or county gas tax increase
* County voter-approved taxes, such as sales or parcel taxes
* City voter-approved taxes, such as sales or parcel taxes
* Public-private partnerships
* Congestion pricing, county or city based
* Assessment districts
* Transit oriented tax-increment districts
* Driver’s License fee increase
* Motor vehicle registration fees in LA County, e.g., based on vehicle weight, vehicles miles traveled, estimated mileage and emissions, or a simple flat rate
* Climate Impact Fees or carbon taxes
* Monetized carbon credits
* County transportation bonds
* Parking fees or surcharges
* Traffic or parking fine surcharges
* Developer mitigation fees for transit, perhaps in lieu of parking
Who knows what will come out of this meeting, or why it took this long to realize we needed to have one in the first place.
Thank you, Denny Zane, for getting the ball rolling. Love your work on Boston Legal.