2016 Measure B

Funding Category
Countywide Sales Tax
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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 and Roads: Road repairs and improvements and congestion relief projects. Complete Streets requirement. All cities/towns receive funds.


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


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



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


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


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



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


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


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


What's New

Download the 2016 Measure B Program Annual Report for FY 2021 by clicking below.

FY 2021 Annual Report 

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2016 Measure B FY 21 Annual Report Cover












2016 Measure B Currently Open Call for Projects


Monthly 2016 Measure B Program Placemat Update

2016MB Feb 23 Update

Download the 2016 Measure B Update for February 2023

2016 Measure B Update for February 2023 (Text)

Local Streets and Roads

  • Reviewing ongoing reimbursement requests.
  • Allocation through FY23: $270.7M
  • Expenditure through February 2023: $154.5M


  • No 2016 Measure B activities in February 2023.
  • Allocation through FY23: $150M

Bicycle & Pedestrian

  • Capital Projects: Executed the funding agreements for the Los Gatos Creek Trail Connector project and the El Camino Real Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements project.
  • Planning Studies: Received six applications for the competitive grant program.
  • Allocation through FY23: $56.4M
  • Expenditure through February 2023: $4M

Caltrain Grade Separation

  • Continued development of funding agreements.
  • Allocation through FY23: $71M
  • Expenditure through February 2023: $517K

Caltrain Corridor Capacity Improvements

  • Executed funding agreement for the EMU Hybridization Study.
  • Executed Diridon Stn. Tech Supp & Analysis funding agreement amendment.
  • Allocation through FY23: $42.5M
  • Expenditure through February 2023: $4.4M

Highway Interchanges

  • Continued development on the Noise Abatement Study Technical Update RFP documents.
  • Allocation through FY23: $364.8M
  • Expenditure through February 2023: $112.2M

County Expressways

  • Almaden Expressway/Camden Ave: Installing grade sidewalks and ramps.
  • Allocation through FY23: $50M
  • Expenditure through February 2023: $23M

SR 85 Corridor

  • SR 85 Noise Reduction Phase 2: Continued progress in the environmental and design phases.
  • Allocation through FY23: $14.5M
  • Expenditure through February 2023: $3.1M

Transit Operations

  • Innovative Transit: Palo Alto is preparing for the launch of its on-demand service.
  • Expand Mobility & Affordable Fares: Sold 1,399 passes via six community partners in February.
  • Allocation through FY23: $112.8M
  • Expenditure through February 2023: $95.5M

Program Administration

  • Working with independent auditor on the 2016 Measure B annual performance audit.
  • Continued development of FY24/FY25 Biennial Budget & 10-year Program.
  • Allocation through FY23: $15.2M
  • Expenditure through February 2023: $9.4M


2016 Measure B Annual Reports

2016 Measure B Annual Reports

2016 Measure B Citizens' Oversight Committee

Among the provisions of the 2016 Measure B ballot approved by Santa Clara County voters is that “an independent citizens’ oversight committee shall be appointed to ensure that the funds are being expended consistent with the approved Program.”  The two primary responsibilities of the 2016 Measure B Citizens’ Oversight Committee (MBCOC) are to provide oversight to ensure that 2016 Measure B funds are being spent consistent with the ballot language and to inform voters on Program compliance. More information on the MBCOC can be found at: https://www.vta.org/2016-measure-b-citizens-oversight-committee

Agency Resources

2016 Measure B Program Manual

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


Contact Us

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