November 2016 Transportation Ballot Measure – Expenditure Plan

After public input and thoughtful discussion, the Regional Transportation Commission yesterday approved an Expenditure Plan with five transportation investment categories. This action follows approval of a Long Range Transportation Plan that identified a severe funding shortfall and the benefit of becoming a “self help” county to be more competitive for state and federal funding. Commissioners emphasized that this package of projects is fair and balanced, represents the diverse transportation needs in our community, and provides an opportunity to invest in our infrastructure, our environment, our economy and our future. The 30 year, ½ cent sales tax funded Transportation Funding Measure to be placed on the November 2016 presidential ballot would include:

  • Neighborhood Projects 30% – Funding to cities and county for their high priority eligible projects such as repair and maintenance of local streets and roads; school traffic safety and safe routes to school; bicycle and pedestrian facilities; and other safety improvement projects. Also included are Highway 9 projects in the San Lorenzo Valley; and the Highway 17 Wildlife Undercrossing to improve safety for wildlife and motorists.
  • Highway Corridors 25% – Funding for the three auxiliary lane projects on Highway 1 including 41st Ave to Soquel Dr, Bay/Porter to Park Ave, and Park Ave to State Park; two bicycle/pedestrian highway crossings; transportation systems management programs to inform travelers of real-time traffic conditions and encourage carpool/vanpooling; and Safe on 17 programs and Freeway Service Patrol to help reduce congestion and collisions.
  • Mobility Access 16% – Funding primarily for specialized transportation services to meet the needs of the area’s aging and disabled populations including Santa Cruz METRO’s paratransit and Community Bridges transportation service.
  • Coastal Rail Trail 15%– Funding to construct, operate and maintain sections of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail.
  • Rail Corridor 14% – Funding to maintain the track and bridge infrastructure; environmental analysis of passenger rail transit options; Watsonville/Pajaro Valley Train Station connection with the Capital Corridor and Coast Daylight train services; improvement, upgrade and installation of signals at railroad crossings; and underground conduit and/or pipes to facilitate utilities including Internet service.