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Orange County Transportation Authority seeks voter approval to renew Measure M transportation tax

Last week, the Orange County Transportation Authority board adopted a renewed Measure M Transportation Investment Plan and asked the Orange County Board of Supervisors to place the measure on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Originally approved by Orange County voters in 1990, Measure M would dedicate a half-cent sales tax to transportation improvements and raise $4.2 billion by the time it expires in 2011. If approved, the renewed Measure M would generate $11.8 billion for transportation projects during a 30-year period beginning in 2011.

The measure calls for about $3 billion in public transit improvements, such as providing increased Metrolink commuter-rail service, local transit connections to Metrolink stations, and improved services for seniors and the disabled.

The renewed Measure M must be approved by at least two-thirds of voters.

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