Eli Broad

A tax hike to fund a major expansion of the Metro system is leading in early returns

A tax hike to fund a major expansion of the Metro system is leading in early returns

A half-cent sales tax increase that would fund the most ambitious transit expansion in Los Angeles County history appeared to be leading in early returns Tuesday night.

Measure M would generate an estimated $120 billion over four decades for Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus and rail operations, system maintenance and fare subsidies, as well as a dramatic expansion of the county’s growing rail network.

The proposal has the potential to transform a traffic-choked region that began building a modern rail network decades after...

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