The San Mateo County Express Lanes Joint Powers Authority (SMCELJPA) adopted a $1.7 million budget for FY2020 at its meeting today. These funds are advanced by the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (SMCTA) and the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG).
This budget allows for the completion of the California Transportation Commission (CTC) toll authority application, contracting to bring on a policy/program manager, the approval of contracts for a US 101 Express Lanes Equity Study, before/after traffic studies, staff support and the creation of a website and branding materials for the new agency.
Contributions from SMCTA and C/CAG will be repaid from toll funds when the Express Lanes go into effect in 2022.
The San Mateo US 101 Express Lanes Project will build an express lane in each direction on Highway 101 from the San Mateo/Santa Clara county line to Interstate 380, a distance of about 22 miles.
Express lanes will allow buses and carpools with three or more people to travel for free, and others can travel in the lane for a toll, while maintaining targeted 45 mph traffic flow.
About the TA: Created to administer Measure A, San Mateo County’s ½ sales tax, the Transportation Authority provides funding for transportation and infrastructure improvement projects. In 2004, more than 75 percent of San Mateo County residents voted to reauthorize Measure A for an additional 25 years.
About C/CAG: The City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) represents all 21 juristdictions in the County and is the Congestion Management Agency for San Mateo County and works on issues that affect the quality of life in general; transportation, air quality, stormwater runoff, hazardous waste, solid waste and recycling, and land use near airports.