Tax measure gets things rolling for LA streetcars

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Cable car in San Francisco (AP photo)

Cable car in San Francisco (AP photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles voters desire a streetcar and they’re willing to pay for it as the city struggles to move people out of their cars.

Downtown voters this week approved a tax measure to raise half of the $125 million for a 4-mile trolley loop past Disney Hall and Staples Center. It would be the first such line in half a century.

Despite buses and trains, residents say it’s still hard to get around in an area that’s struggling to revitalize. Supporters say streetcars could attract 10,000 riders a day.

However, USC engineering professor Jim Moore questions the cost. He says downtown accounts for 2 percent to 4 percent of jobs in LA county. Moore tells the Los Angeles Times the money would be better spent on regional bus service.

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