The San Mateo County Transportation Authority progress report “Making Progress: Transportation Solutions to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs” is now available for review and downloading on the agency’s website: www.smcta.com. The report gives a broad overview of the agency with a look back at the years since the reauthorized measure went into effect in 2009 and a look ahead to future projects and plans.
The reauthorized measure, which will be in force through 2033, includes funds for local street and road improvements, money for highway improvements that tackle the county’s worst traffic bottlenecks, local community shuttles, railroad/street grade separations, ferry service to South San Francisco and Redwood City, and a major infusion of tax dollars for pedestrian and bicycle projects. It also provides much needed operating and capital funds to Caltrain.
There has been a strong focus in the last five years on developing guidelines and best practices, including a five-year Strategic Plan, a Short-Range Highway Plan and the Shuttle Business Practices Guidebook. With this foundation in place, the TA has been able to conduct calls for projects in several program categories, including pedestrian and bicycles, local shuttles, highways and grade separations.
The report also includes a snap-shot of the future, with the TA continuing its vital role in providing critical funds to keep San Mateo County moving. Future projects include updating the Strategic Plan, funding the modernization of Caltrain and reducing traffic congestion on Highway 101.
About the TA: Created to administer Measure A, San Mateo County’s ½ cent 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.