PROP. 51 BEST ROAD FOR TO KEEP THE STREETS SAFE.
Byline: Dana Rose
PROPOSITION 51 - ``The safe roads measure'' - sets spending priorities, using just 30 percent of the existing car sales tax we already pay, to make traffic safety improvements.
What Proposition 51 will do is fix our most dangerous roads, replace unsafe school buses, and ease our most congested con·gest·ed
Affected with or characterized by congestion.
congested ENT adjective Referring to a boggy blood-filled tissue. See Nasal congestion. traffic bottlenecks.
--Fixing our most dangerous roads: Highway fatalities, including pedestrian fatalities, are increasing in California. Proposition 51 targets the most dangerous intersections and roads for specific safety improvements.
--Replacing unsafe school buses: California has the oldest school bus fleet in the nation. More than 1,000 school buses used every day don't meet 1977 federal safety standards. Thousands of additional school buses spew out diesel exhaust, filling the bus with fumes that cause asthma and other health problems. These buses need to be replaced with clean, modern, safe buses. Proposition 51 will provide the funds for new buses.
Proposition 51 also will create Safe Routes to Schools programs, improving the safety of bike and walk paths, and providing funds to enforce speed limits near schools.
--Relieving congestion The condition of a network when there is not enough bandwidth to support the current traffic load.
congestion - When the offered load of a data communication path exceeds the capacity. bottlenecks: Traffic congestion will be relieved not only by providing highway expansion at the worst bottlenecks, but also by providing greatly expanded bus and light-rail service to get people out of their cars and off the roads.
Hundreds of specific new transportation projects will be built and operated if Proposition 51 is approved by the voters. Some examples include: the Exposition Boulevard light-rail line; a connection between the El Monte bus way and the Harbor Freeway; dramatic traffic congestion relief along the Ventura Freeway, including bus rapid transit
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Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX, ICAO: KLAX, FAA LID: LAX ; greatly expanded Bus Rapid Transit service in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. and elsewhere in Los Angeles County; greatly expanded transit facilities in Long Beach; extension of light rail east of Pasadena; a car-pool lane over the Sepulveda Pass on the San Diego Freeway The San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405, and the part of Interstate 5 south of the El Toro Y) is one of the principal north-south highways in Southern California, and the major beltway of I-5 running through Southern California. ; building a soundwall along the 210; building road undercrossings along rail lines to eliminate safety hazards and reduce train-whistle noise; widen Route 71 between the 10 and the 60; widen the 101-405 interchange; and eliminate safety hazards along I-5 in the Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672. .
Proposition 51 also provides funds to reduce the air- and water-pollution impacts of cars and trucks.
Proposition 51 is supported by hundreds of public interest groups such as Partners for Highway Safety, California Safe Kids Network, California Nurses Association The California Nurses Association (CNA) is the largest and fastest-growing labor union and professional association of Registered Nurses in California. The National Nurses Organizing Committee is a national labor union for Registered Nurses, and is affiliated with the CNA. , California School Nurses, California Lung Association, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce is southern California's largest not-for-profit business federation, representing over 1,500 businesses. Mission
"By being the voice of business, helping its members grow and promoting collaboration, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of , California Trucking Association, National Audubon Society The National Audubon Society is an American non-profit environmental organization dedicated to conservancy. Incorporated in 1905, it is one of the oldest of such organizations in the world. , California Organization of Police and Sheriffs, more than 30 police chiefs, and more than 40 school districts.
To ensure strict accountability, Proposition 51 contains taxpayer safeguards that require annual audits by an independent citizens commission. Administrative overhead is limited to 2 percent of the funds spent.
It is clear that we must do more to reduce traffic congestion, improve highway safety, and make school transportation much safer.
By using 30 percent of the existing sales tax on cars now, we can avoid future tax increases.
It makes sense to use the existing sales tax on cars to pay for these transportation programs.
Thank you for voting yes on Proposition 51 - the safe-roads measure.