The purpose of the Measure A and Measure W Pedestrian and Bicycle Program is to fund specific projects to encourage and improve bicycling and walking conditions.Funding can be used for non-infrastructure programs or infrastructure project development and construction of pedestrian and bicycle facilities within San Mateo County.
As defined in the 2004 Transportation Expenditure Plan, Measure A provides the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program category with a three percent share of the sales tax revenues collected. Similarly, as defined in the 2018 Congestion Relief Plan, Measure W provides the Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Program category with a five percent share of the sales tax revenues collected. According to the 2020-2024 Transportation Authority Strategic Plan, both measures are projected to produce approximately $179 million in available funding for this program ($42.5 million from the remaining 15 years of Measure A and $136.5 million for the 30 year life of Measure W).
Cycle 5 Call for Projects
In August 2020, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA) issued its fifth Pedestrian and Bicycle Program CFP, announcing the availability of up to $8.1 million in Measure A and Measure W funds. This is the first Pedestrian and Bicycle CFP to include funds from both measures and the first cycle that includes Measure W funding for planning and promotions projects. Of the $8.1 million, the TA allocates 2.5 percent of the available funding directly to the San Mateo County Office of Education’s Safe Routes to School program ($202,500 for this cycle).
In total, nineteen applications were received from 11 jurisdictions with funding requests exceeding $17 million. In December 2020, the TA Board of Directors approved $7.714 million to fully fund 11 projects and partially fund one project. The remaining balances in each sub-category will be rolled over to the next Call for Projects cycle. The project fact sheets below provide an overview of how Measure A and Measure W funding will be put into action to support walking and biking in San Mateo County.