Coalition News

San Fernando Valley Officials Back Mega Transit Tax - 6/24/16

A day after Los Angeles County transit officials chose to seek voter approval this fall for a 1-cent sales tax to fund the most ambitious urban rail and highway overhaul in the nation, Valley officials stood united in favor of the plan. After years of deliberation, the Metro board opted to let voters choose whether to extend the half-cent transit sales tax approved eight years ago in Measure R, and add another half-cent to fund rail and freeway improvements.  "This plan will transform how residents and business owners move around the Valley. Now is the time for the Valley to unite behind building efficient, convenient alternatives to congested freeways," said Stuart Waldman, president of VICA.

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Metro Seeks Permanent Transit Tax for L.A. County to Fix Gridlock - 6/10/16

On June 10, Metro officials called upon voters to support the most ambitious traffic-management plan in the nation through a permanent transit sales tax. If approved by the Metro board this month, a newly named Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan measure will appear on the November ballot. VICA President Stuart Waldman commended the Metro board for "ensuring that the Valley is recognized in the final expenditure plan."

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VICA Pushes for Speed on Transit Improvements - 5/26/16

On May 26, the Valley Industry and Commerce Association announced that potential improvements to the Orange Line busway would be moved up by five years to begin in 2019. The work was planned to begin in 2024 if the ballot measure passes, but VICA worked behind the scenes to change the start date.

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Can the San Fernando Valley Say Yes to Trains? - 3/28/16

Valley on Track founder Coby King believes that growing support for transit projects in the Valley reflects the area's urbanization, and a shedding of its traditional car culture.

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Valley Leaders Excited About Proposed Valley Transit Projects - 3/18/16

City officials and business leaders who had said the Valley was shortchanged in the last transit sales-tax measure were ecstatic when Metro released details of a proposed sales-tax measure on March 18. “This is a banner day for the Valley,” Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, which got the projects that it and the San Fernando Council of Governments had requested, said in a statement. “It’s gratifying to have the Valley needs recognized.”

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MTA Rolls Out Plan to Double L.A.'s Rail Network- 3/18/16

On March 18, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority rolled out its spending plan for a new $120 billion tax on the November ballot, setting a course for the future of L.A.'s transit system.

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Metro Funding Plan Includes Valley Projects - 3/18/16

Three Valley projects supported by the Valley Industry and Commerce Association and the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments are included in the first draft of the expenditure plan proposed to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority connected to a potential ballot measure.

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At 10, Valley’s Orange Line is a Child Star That Hasn’t Aged Well - 10/28/15

The Orange Line is a victim of its owns success. This once popular public transportation option has now become too over-crowded, which is believed to be the cause for its recent delays.

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Valley Leaders Call for Higher Return on Public Transit Dollars - 10/26/15

After the latest transportation summit, San Fernando Valley leaders are hopeful for a more fair return on public transit dollars through Ballot Measure R2.

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Time to Get San Fernando Valley Mass-Transit Needs on Track - 9/30/15

On Oct. 26, the Valley Economic Alliance, Valley Industry and Commerce Association and state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, will host a transportation summit at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, where speakers will talk about “meeting the Valley’s transportation needs.”

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Valley Rail Coalition on Track - 8/1/15

A coalition formed to bring light rail projects to the San Fernando Valley has added a significant number of members, the Valley Industry and Commerce Association announced this week.

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Council Backs Valley Transit Projects - 7/17/15

The San Fernando Valley Council of Governments voted Thursday to back three public transit projects for the Valley. The transit projects have become a rallying point for Valley on Track, a coalition of community and business groups and public officials formed last year by the Valley Industry & Commerce Association, the business advocacy group in Sherman Oaks.

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Valley Coalition Formed to Advocate for Rail - 6/11/14

The Valley Industry and Commerce has launched a coalition aimed at bringing rail transit to the San Fernando Valley. Last week, the business advocacy organization formed "Valley on Track."

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