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The San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA) is pleased to announce that its Alternative Congestion Relief (ACR) and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan received an Award of Merit for the 2022 Transportation Planning Award by the American Planning Association (APA) of California. The TA developed the ACR/TDM Plan to help guide Measures A and W investment decisions from these funding categories.
“The honor of receiving this award is a testament to the hard work the TA accomplishes on a daily basis for the region,” said TA Board Chair Rico E. Medina. “We will continue to push new and exciting ideas to the forefront of our efforts.”
ACR/TDM strategies encourage the use of sustainable transportation options to enhance mobility. ACR/TDM initiatives work toward ensuring people’s trips are safe, reliable, and convenient while discouraging driving, managing congestion, and reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMT). This plan will help guide TA future Calls for Projects (CFP) by prioritizing projects best suited to meet these goals.
Projects funded through the ACR/TDM categories will have a $200,000 cap, to ensure funding is focused on first/last mile connections and smaller projects. Eligible project examples include transit pass subsidies, transit stop improvements, e-bike subsidies, bike parking, wayfinding, and many other first/last-mile mobility strategies.
The Board of Directors took action during its August meeting to approve the allocation of funding, which include projects in small/coastal communities versus the mid/large jurisdictions to help balance funding across the county. The allocation for the budget items also includes paratransit under Measure A, Project 101, and the ferry terminal in Redwood City from Measure A.
The Transportation Planning Award is given to deserving plans and projects to encourage quality in planning and increase the public’s awareness of the planning profession through recognizing outstanding achievement in the planning field. Each year, the APA bestows Planning Awards to honor the most outstanding efforts in planning. An awards ceremony will be held later this year.
About the Transportation Authority (TA): Created to administer Measure A, San Mateo County’s ½ cent sales tax, the TA provides funding for transportation projects and programs in San Mateo County. In 2004, more than 75 percent of San Mateo County voters reauthorize Measure A for an additional 25 years. In 2018, voters approved Measure W, the San Mateo County Congestion Relief Plan an additional ½ cent sales tax. The TA will administer half the revenue of Measure W and the San Mateo County Transit District will administer the other half to fund and implement the Congestion Relief Plan.
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