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Final Measure J Tally Announced

Results show the countywide ballot measure aimed at accelerating transit projects is .56 percent short of passage.

A half-cent sales tax that would have accelerated rail, highway, bus and transportation improvement projects across the region fell just .56 percent short of passage, The Source reported.

The final vote tally, released Sunday by the Los Angeles County Registrar, showed 66.1 percent of voters in favor of Measure J and 33.9 percent against the measure. It was about 14,000 votes behind the two-thirds approval needed to pass, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's blog The Source:

... turnout was less in 2012 than in 2008 when Measure R was approved with 67.9 percent of the vote. In 2008, a total of 3,001,783 votes were cast in the Measure R election. The final numbers this year show that 2,863,951 votes were cast for or against Measure J.

Measure J would have extended the Measure R sales tax—the half-cent sales tax hike voters approved in 2008—for the next 30 years.

The sales tax increase is currently set to last until 2039, and is projected to raise $40 billion in that time period. Approval of Measure J would have extended the tax until 2069.

Metro responded to the final tally Monday morning, saying it's possible the agency might ask voters in the future to extend Measure R:

In the final vote tally, 66.11 percent of voters, nearly two million Los Angeles County residents, expressed confidence in Metro and the Measure R program. Progress will continue as Metro remains focused on delivering a dozen new transit projects and 15 highway improvement projects that voters approved four years ago in passing Measure R.

Did you want Measure J to pass or fail? Tell us in the comments section below.

I want to drive December 04, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Decent public transportation can you get around in Pasadena, Culver City, or Long Beach without cars. There is reason that there are big parking lot structure in those area Don't mislead people
I want to drive December 04, 2012 at 09:09 PM
A half-cent sales tax that would have accelerated rail, highway, bus and transportation improvement There are typos It should A half-cent sales tax that would have accelerated rail, highway, bus destruction and transportation improvement There are some bus improvement such as Orange Line However, most improvement result in "you need cars to use the system" If the system does not reach destination, spend more time waiting for buses or just drive
Bruce Mitchell December 04, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I guess I'm one of the (very) few public transit users in this comment thread. Since I no longer own a car, I rely on public transit exclusively and can say it is a whole lot better than what people on this thread seem to think. I have no trouble getting around L.A. And going anywhere I want. Of course I want to see improvements such as more rail lines, more bus thruways like the Orange and Silve lines, and more bus service. I voted for Measure J as did nearly 2/3 of the voters. The minority who voted against are short-sighted and sound very selfish indeed if the comments ate are anything to go by. Losing by .56 percent simply means the issue will be revisited and we will win next time! These transit expansion programs need to be jump started as soon as possible if L.A. has any hope of slowing the crushing congestion of cars in coming decades.
Scott Zwartz December 05, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I believe that taxation is a good thing and presently, we are not taxed high. Prop J, however, was not a tax; it was a theft of public money. The 1% ripping off the 99%. Very few Angelenos understand the math, geography & finances of subways or their true purpose in Los Angeles, As Los Angeles knew 100 years ago, subways were not viable transportation for Los Angeles as LA was destined to be a large circular city. Here's a byte to 1915 Traffic L.A. Study. http://bit.ly/cJh5BP People who are interested in learning the facts about any subway and Los Angeles should start with this document which was written by engineers and not by loopy urban planners. The sole purpose of LA subways is to be a false justification for super-dense projects. Look at Ken Alpert's article in CityWatchLA about the Casden project. Ken also fell for all the hype and trashed anyone who said that the purpose of the subways was to justify super-density and not improve transportation. The other evil of Prop J was the plan to borrow 30 years of money in the first 10 years and give all those billions of dollars to the corrupt developers of the subways and the high rises within 10 years. The fact that almost 2/3 of the voters feel for this folly of spending 100% of one's budget in the first 10 years, leaving no money for anything in years 11 thru 30, is frightening. LA needs Virtual Presence and if we do not act now, we will lose all the technology and jobs like we lost solar.
Andrew December 06, 2012 at 04:10 AM
I was very sorry to see this fail, despite over 66% in favor. It makes all the sense in the world to accelerate the projects and enjoy the benefits in our lifetime. Rail ridership has grown incredibly over the years ... who would have thought that we would see over 40,000 daily boardings on the Green Line that still kind of goes from nowhere to nowhere. Early critical predictions that the pioneering Blue Line would be like a "ghost train" and not find any passengers look especially stupid. As the network grows - Santa Monica, Wilshire and the Downtown Connector come to mine - the sources, destinations and connections grows, and the number of passengers will grow exponentially. Best hopes for good transit in Los Angeles.

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