Last year, San Mateo County residents passed a half-cent transportation sales tax. Measure W went into effect in July, and is expected to generate more than $90 million a year for “transportation-related improvement projects.” Half of the money will be administered by SamTrans and half by the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA).
The TA is finalizing its draft strategic plan to guide those investments over the next five years.
Measure W projects are supposed to align with the core principles of the county’s Congestion Relief Plan, which was developed with input from county residents and stakeholders in 2018. Those principles include congestion relief, public transportation improvements, incorporating Complete Streets, reducing vehicles miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions, and incentivizing transit, biking, walking, and carpooling over driving alone.