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Problems with L.A.'s Blue Line rail system; fixing the U.S. tax system; ad extending Measure R's sales tax increase

April 24, 2012

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority must demonstrate that accelerating Measure R projects by borrowing against future tax revenue is fiscally responsible and that rail would not cannibalize bus operating funds once these new projects are completed.

Also, the MTA must demonstrate the financial capacity to accelerate and close funding gaps for the Gold Line Foothill and Eastside extensions, the Crenshaw Line's Leimert Park station and underground sections, the High Desert Corridor and Metrolink corridor upgrades.

Michael D. Antonovich

Los Angeles

The writer, L.A. County supervisor for the 5th District, is vice chairman of the MTA.

I agree that the legacy of Measure R and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's 30/10 plan will transform Los Angeles. The buildout of our rail transit system will boost our economic competitiveness, produce thousands of jobs, result in cleaner air and create a more livable and affordable city.

However, I disagree with your conclusion that by extending Measure R, we are "billing our kids (or grandkids) for today's projects." Extending Measure R will certainly benefit the current generation by creating thousands of jobs sooner, relieving congestion sooner and cleaning the air sooner. And we can build it now at a lower cost.

But future generations will gain the greatest benefit, inheriting a more efficient economy as well as cleaner air.

Our children will thank us, even if they are also paying for the benefits they receive.

Denny Zane

Los Angeles

The writer is executive director of Move LA.

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