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The San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA) Board of Directors approved funding for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program at its December meeting. The program will fund projects that improve bicycling, walking accessibility and safety in San Mateo County. The competitive awards total nearly $22 million in combined funding from voter approved Measures A and W for 25 projects. The 2022 Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Cycle 6 Call for Projects (CFP) was the largest in San Mateo County history.
The TA Strategic Plan 2020-2024 created a combined Measure A and W Pedestrian and Bicycle Program in accordance with the Measure A Goals and Measure W Core Principles. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Program includes three main categories: Large Capital Projects, Small Capital Projects, and Planning/Promotions Projects.
The goals for the CFP are to help reduce traffic congestion by safely connecting communities and neighborhoods, improve existing facilities to make them safer and more accessible for cyclists and pedestrians, and fill gaps and cross barriers in the existing bicycle/pedestrian network.
Some of the projects slated to move forward are Redwood Avenue Pedestrian Improvements in Redwood City, Esplanade & Palmetto Bicycle & Pedestrian Improvement Project in Pacifica, and the El Camino Real Master Plan in South San Francisco.
The TA also re-programmed funds for the Holly Street/Highway 101 Interchange Project in San Carlos to give the city an additional year to secure full funding for the project. In addition, the TA has advanced a previous Cycle 5 funding award to help with the design phase of the Middle Avenue Undercrossing in Menlo Park, which was originally slated for the construction phase.
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.