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San Mateo County Transportation Authority Moves Forward on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program
The San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA) announces a Call for Projects (CFP) for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program. The program will fund projects that improve bicycling, walking accessibility and safety in San Mateo County. The competitive bid totals nearly $18 million in combined funding from voter approved Measures A and W. The 2022 Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Cycle 6 CFP will be 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 Pedestrian Program includes three main categories: Capital Projects, Planning/Promotions, and Safe Routes to School.
In 2004, the voters of San Mateo County reauthorized the Measure A Program and approved an extension of the half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements for another 25 years (2009-2033). Three percent of the sales tax revenues from Measure A are available for the construction of facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists.
In 2018, the voters of San Mateo County authorized the Measure W Program and approved a new half-cent sales tax to implement transportation improvements as identified in the San Mateo County Congestion Relief Plan for 30 years (2019-2049). The TA administers 50 percent of the Measure W sales tax proceeds, while the remaining 50 percent are administered by SamTrans. Five percent of the sales tax revenues from Measure W are available for the construction of facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists.
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.
Applications are due September 23, 2022, and the Board is expected to approve funding recommendations in December 2022. For more information, go to Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Call for Projects.
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.