- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County’s transportation board has voted to put a permanent sales tax hike on the November ballot to fund a $120 billion plan to expand rail and bus lines.

The measure was approved Thursday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board. It asks voters to bump up the county sales tax by a half-cent and also perpetuate another half-cent hike approved by voters in 2008.

The money would pay for road repairs, freeway improvements and expansion of the commuter train system, including a new subway line from the San Fernando Valley to Los Angeles International Airport.

Supporters argue it would provide an ongoing source of money for public transportation in a traffic-clogged region.

The measure will need approval from county supervisors before it can go on the ballot.

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