Final Congestion Relief Plan Approved
On Wednesday, July 11 the SamTrans Board of Directors approved placing a measure on the November 2018 ballot to invest approximately $2.4 billion from a new half-cent sales tax designed to relieve traffic congestion in San Mateo County. The Congestion Relief Plan that would be funded by the tax measure reflects priorities identified through the nine-month Get Us Moving process which included extensive outreach around the County and feedback from tens-of-thousands of County residents. The Board of Supervisors is expected to consider the Plan and associated ballot measure at its July 24 meeting.
The Leagues of Women Voters in San Mateo County have agreed to support the measure at this time, based on our relevant positions.
During the past nine months there were public meetings and surveys designed to increase community awareness of current transportation conditions, programs, services, and solutions and to help identify and prioritize transportation funding needs in the county.
Get Us Moving (GUM) was spearheaded by SamTrans and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in a joint effort with local cities, partner agencies, and other stakeholders including regional leaders, transportation experts, employers of all sizes, non-profit groups and volunteer community members. The two Leagues in San Mateo County were represented by Barbara Wallis (South County) and Jackie Jacobberger (North & Central County).