2016 Measure B

Funding Category
Countywide Sales Tax
Active Date Range

Santa Clara County voters have approved 2016 Measure B, a 30-year, half-cent countywide sales tax to enhance transit, highways, expressways and active transportation (bicycles, pedestrians and complete streets). A countywide sales tax provides a local revenue source that can be leveraged to help obtain additional funds through regional, state and federal fund sources. The measure passed by nearly 72%, the highest level of support for any Santa Clara County transportation tax. Collection of the tax began on April 1, 2017.

 

Transparency Website

Visit 2016measureb.vta.org for financial details about the projects, funding categories and areas you care about most. The site provides a window into the measure's revenue and expenditures, one more example of VTA's commitment to transparency.

Program Categories

2016 Measure B Program Category Logos
The VTA Board of Directors adopted guidelines for each of the nine Program Categories at their October 2017 and November 2017 meetings. These guidelines are intended to direct the implementation of each program category and propose how the program category funds should be allocated – and can be found below. The categories and transportation projects eligible for 2016 Measure B funds are as follows: 
LOCAL STREETS & ROADS

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Local Streets and Roads: Road repairs and improvements and congestion relief projects. Complete Streets requirement. All cities/towns receive funds.

BART SILICON VALLEY PHASE II

BART PHASE II: Downtown San Jose & Santa Clara. Six miles, four stations. New regional rail corridor. Links to major transit

  • BART Phase II Program Guidelines​​​​​​
BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN ​​​​​​

Bicycle and Pedestrian Program: Eliminate bike/ped gaps. Improve connections, mobility. Safer, more convenient.

 

CALTRAIN GRADE SEPARATIONS

Caltrain Grade Separations: Separate tracks from roadways. Safer for pedestrians, bicyclists. Reduce traffic congestion.

CALTRAIN CORRIDOR CAPACITY IMPROVEMENTS

Caltrain Corridor Capacity Improvements: Expand ridership capacity. Level boarding. Countywide service improvements.

HIGHWAY INTERCHANGES

Highway Interchanges: Connectors, on/off ramps, widening. Improve connectivity, safety, reduce congestion.

COUNTY EXPRESSWAYS

COUNTY EXPRESSWAYS:

County Expressways: Intersections/interchanges, widening, grade separations. Reduce congestion, improve connections.

STATE ROUTE 85 CORRIDOR

State Route 85 Corridor: Corridor transit study. Transit and congestion relief project. Noise abatement.

TRANSIT OPERATIONS

Transit Operations: Increase bus frequency. First/last mile connections. Programs: seniors, disabled, low-income, students.

 

What's New

2016 Measure B Currently Open Call for Projects

Download the 2016 Measure B Update for January 2021

2016 Measure B Placemat Update - Jan 2020
2016 Measure B Update for January 2021 (Text)

Local Streets & Roads

• No new 2016 Measure B activities in January 2021.
• Allocation through FY21: $170M.
• Expenditure through January 2021: $63.9M.

BART Phase II

• No 2016 Measure B activities in January 2021.
• Allocation through FY21: $150M.

Bicycle & Pedestrian

• Capital Projects: Finalizing agreements for Cupertino, Los Gatos, Morgan Hill, and Sunnyvale.
• Planning Studies: Preparing for Call for Projects.
• Allocation through FY21: $33.3M.
• Expenditure through January 2021: $30K

Caltrain Grade Separation

• No new 2016 Measure B activities in January 2021.
• Allocation through FY21: $38M.
• Expenditure through January 2021: $401K.

Caltrain Corridor Capacity Improvements

• Finalizing funding agreement with Caltrain for technical services and analysis for the Diridon Integrated Station Concept Plan.
• Allocation through FY21: $13.1M.
• Expenditure through January 2021: $2.8M

Highway Interchanges

• US 101/De La Cruz/Trimble IC: Completed final design. Construction bidding in spring 2021.
• SR 87 Ramp Widening/US 101/ Story: Completed final design. Construction bidding spring 2021.
• Allocation through FY21: $206.9M.
• Expenditure through January 2021: $34.1M.

County Expressways

• Santa Teresa-Hale Corridor (led by City of Morgan Hill): Completed Phase I & II final design. Phase I construction to begin April 2021.
• Allocation through FY21: $50M.
• Expenditure through January 2021: $427K.

SR 85 Corridor

• No new 2016 Measure B activities in January 2021.
• Allocation through FY21: $14.5M.
• Expenditure through January 2021: $1.1M.

Transit Operations

• Innovative Transit Service Models: Reviewed and scored all project applications.
• Expand Mobility & Affordable Fares: Sold 1,112 passes via six community partners through January 2021.
• Allocation through FY21: $66.6M.
• Expenditure through January 2021: $52M.

Program Administration

• Developing principles and project selection criteria for a 10-year Program and Biennial Budget.
• Developing the Program manual and FY17 - FY19 annual report.
• Allocation through January 2021: $13.2M.
• Expenditure through January 2021: $4.8M.

 

To see how much 2016 Measure B revenue has been collected, visit our Financial and Investor Information page.

Citizens Oversight Committee

At its September 2017 meeting, the VTA Board of Directors appointed seven individuals to serve on the 2016 Measure B Citizens' Oversight Committee. The purpose of the committee is to ensure that the funds are being expended consistent with the approved Program. Annually, the committee has an audit of the Program conducted by an independent auditor.

An orientation for the members of the committee was held on December 5, 2017.

Agency Resources

2016 Measure B Logos

Partner agencies are required to use VTA's 2016 Measure B logo in their collateral materials. The logo is available in multiple formats.

Templates and Reporting Forms

Local Streets & Roads Annual Documentation Templates

Bicycle & Pedestrian Education and Encouragement Annual Documentation Templates

Contact Us

Please email us at 2016MeasureB@vta.org with any questions, input or feedback about this program.