- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County transportation officials have mapped out how they’d like to spend $120 billion that a potential sales tax increase would generate.

The vision is to continue the traffic-choked region’s public transit renaissance by extending subway and rail service, as well as adding new freeway miles and converting some carpool lanes to toll lanes. Los Angeles International Airport would get a direct connection to the existing light rail system.

Two-thirds of voters would have to approve a half-cent tax increase, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board of directors has not yet decided whether to make the ask on November’s ballot.

Metro CEO Phillip Washington presented the staff’s recommendations Friday, saying the projects would increase transit use from 7 percent of trips to 20-30 percent of trips.

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