In 2016, the voters of Santa Clara County passed Measure B: a 30-year, half-cent sales tax, to fund transportation projects. The funding is allocated for projects along these lines:
- $1.8 billion for expressways, highway interchanges and route 85
- $1.5 billion to extend BART to Santa Clara
- $1.2 billion to improve and repair local roads
- $1 billion for Caltrain capacity and grade separation
- $500 million for local public transportation
- $250 million for bicycle and pedestrian projects
Per VTA’s website:
With the passage of the sales tax, VTA must develop guidelines for each of the nine program areas as described in the resolution that created the measure. In order to allow for sufficient time to discuss each of the nine program areas, VTA will present the proposed guidelines for three of the programs each month beginning in February. VTA will present the final set of draft guidelines in May.
The following VTA committees will be discussing the guidelines as part of their regularly scheduled meetings. The public is welcome to attend these meetings to learn more about the proposed guidelines and provide input. Please click each for meeting dates, agendas and a description of each committee.
- Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
- Congestion Management Program & Planning Committee (CMPP)
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)
- Policy Advisory Committee (PAC)
- Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
The Citizen’s Oversight Committee being formed will also ensure transparency and accountability.
Citizens registered to vote in Santa Clara County can apply online. Applications are due by April 21.