Last spring, transportation officials opened two light-rail extensions to Azusa and Santa Monica, connecting the eastern and western reaches of Los Angeles County to the passenger rail system for the first time in decades.
Six months later, 71.5% of voters approved Measure M, a sales tax increase to expand the transit network again.
It was a red-letter year for public transportation with one exception: Ridership.
Trips taken on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s sprawling bus and rail system dropped again in 2016, by nearly 6%, driven by a continuing slide in bus ridership, according to agency data.
Subway and light-rail...