The San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA) is reaching out to gather interest in any potential highway projects that could be funded by Measure A.
The TA is responsible for administering Measure A, the half-cent sales tax in San Mateo County that is used to fund transportation and infrastructure improvement projects. Currently, the TA is soliciting Letters of Interest from eligible highway project sponsors, which include cities within San Mateo County, Caltrans, and City/County Associations of Governments of San Mateo (C/CAG), among others.
Those project sponsors have until March 30 to send their Letters of Interest, which detail information about potential highway improvement projects in their jurisdictions. The Letters of Interest should include a list of projects, a brief justification statement, the project scopes, projected schedules and estimated costs, a list of other funding sources allocated, programmed or planned for the projects, and a discussion of known public support or opposition.
The Letters of Interest form is located online here. Interested project sponsors should email their Letters of Interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 30. For questions or comments about the Letters of Interest, project sponsors can email Peter Rasmussen at email@example.com.
Once the Letters of Interest are collected, the TA will use the information provided to help develop a framework for the 10-year Highway Capital Improvement Program, from 2016 through 2025. The Highway Capital Improvement Program will be used as an informational tool to better manage funding needs for infrastructure projects and help steer advocacy efforts.
The Highway Capital Improvement Program will also help provide an order of magnitude of need for the TA’s next Call for Highway Projects, a process for programming and allocating specific Measure A Highway Program funding expenditures. That is a separate process that is scheduled to begin in May, pending approval from the TA Board.
When Measure A was overwhelmingly reauthorized by voters in 2004, it was stated that 27.5 percent of the sales tax collected by the initiative would be used toward the Highway Program.
About the TA: Created to administer Measure A, San Mateo County’s half-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.