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 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

  • BART Phase II Program Guidelines​​​​​​

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 Reports for FY 2017 - FY 2019 and FY 2020 by clicking below.

FY 2017 - FY 2019 Annual Report || FY 2020 Annual Report















2016 Measure B Currently Open Call for Projects


Monthly 2016 Measure B Program Placemat Update

2016MB November 21 Update

Download the 2016 Measure B Update for November 2021

2016 Measure B Update for November 2021(Text)

Local Streets and Roads

• Working with Complete Streets consultant to review annual Complete Streets Checklists submittals.
• Allocation through FY23: $270.7M
• Expenditure through November 2021: $101.1M


• No 2016 Measure B activities in November 2021.
• Allocation through FY23: $150M

Bicycle & Pedestrian

• Capital Projects: Developing funding agreements for FY22/FY23 budget cycle projects.
• Education & Encouragement: Reviewing FY21 annual reports from Member Agencies and monitoring project progress.
• Planning Studies: Executed three funding agreements.
• Allocation through FY23: $56.4M
• Expenditure through November 2021: $1.1M

Caltrain Grade Separation

• Provided technical oversight in the development of Castro Grade Separation Final Design RFP.
• Presented FY22/FY23 budget to Committees.
• Allocation through FY21: $38M
• Expenditure through November 2021: $405K

Caltrain Corridor Capacity Improvements

• No 2016 Measure B activities in November 2021.
• Allocation through FY23: $42.5M
• Expenditure through November 2021: $2.9M

Highway Interchanges

• Presented highway prioritized project list and proposed FY22/FY23 highway program allocation to Committees.
• 2 projects in close-out, 3 in construction, 4 in final design, 5 in environmental clearance, and 1 in Project Initial Document phase.
• Allocation through FY21: $206.9M
• Expenditure through November 2021: $61.3M

County Expressways

• Foothill Expressway: In project close-out.
• Oregon Page-Mill Expressway/Hannover: Construction began.
• Allocation through FY23: $50M
• Expenditure through November 2021: $12.6M

SR 85 Corridor

• No 2016 Measure B activities in November 2021.
• Allocation through FY23: $14.5M
• Expenditure through November 2021: $1.5M

Transit Operations

• Innovative Transit: Finalizing funding agreement with City of Palo Alto.
• Allocation through FY23: $112.8M
• Expenditure through November 2021: $73.4M

Program Administration

• FY21 Performance Audit underway.
• Allocation through FY23: $15.2M
• Expenditure through November 2021: $6.6M


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

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.