Ever since Measure M was announced as the ballot initiative for traffic reduction in Los Angeles County on the November 8 Presidential Election, I have been excitedly talking about it with friends and family. While most are supportive, a few people have candidly told me that they believe they will never see the benefits of Measure M in their lifetime.
I get what they are saying. Completion dates like 2029 and beyond seem far away, even for someone in their early thirties.
In reality, however, local returns to all 88 cities in LA County will mean immediate road repairs, and recently announced public-private partnership agreements would accelerate major projects. While this answer addresses their concern, it isn’t the best answer. You see, Measure M is actually about my children because my kids love public transit.
Every time my 18 month sees a train, he goes “choo-choo.” My daughter once commented that the opening of the Expo Line near our house was “a beautiful thing.” The sense of sheer joy that they get from riding Metro to their favorite museum or down to the beach is just amazing.
I want my kids to be able to live, work, and play in Los Angeles. And the only way that can happen is with a world-class public transportation system. That is why I am voting for Measure M.
And I am not alone. My friend Houman is voting for Measure M for his one-year-old daughter. He is a conservative when it comes to economic issues. But for him, investment in public transit is critical for Los Angeles to continue to be a world-class city. So he is voting for Measure M so that his daughter will have the opportunity that he doesn’t have.
Sam is a Century City lawyer who decided to ditch his second car and now walks, take ride shares, or uses public transportation. In fact, he inspired me to do the same just a few months ago. He has two daughters, and he doesn’t want them to be dependent on a single-occupancy vehicle when they grow up. He wants them to be able to walk or bike safely on the streets and be able to get where they need to go without owning a car, either…not just because of the huge insurance savings but it is healthy and more environmentally friendly.
And LA Dads Group co-organizer Trevor Mulligan has two young kids and just one car in Los Angeles—his wife takes the Expo Line to work and he drives, walks and runs around LA with the kids. He is more proof that you don’t need two (or more) cars in Los Angeles to survive. Measure M is all about safety for him—better sidewalks and safer streets for his kids to run, walk, and play.
All of these friends want Los Angeles to be a place where they can live, work, and play. But more than that, they want it to be a place for their kids to enjoy, too. And all of them are voting for Measure M because it isn’t about when it will be completed but who it is for—our kids.
Sponsored by Campaign to Move LA, in Support of Transportation Ballot Measure M, Major Funding by Aaron Sosnick, Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. & HDR Engineering, Inc.