Props 1A, 1B could bring millions in transport cash to SMCo.
- Published Monday, October 30, 2006, by the San Mateo Daily Journal
Proposition could bring big money to county
By Dana Yates
Millions of dollars could be funneled to San Mateo County for
nicer roads, less traffic and improved mass transportation if
voters approve state propositions 1A and 1B next week.
Proposition 1B seeks to borrow nearly $20 billion for highway
safety, traffic reduction, air quality and port security. The
majority of the money -- $11.3 billion -- will go to reduce traffic
congestion and make highway and local road improvements. Additional
money will go toward public transportation, the creation of better
roads for better air quality to and from ports and better security
of all transportation systems.
Proposition 1A is also part of that package and solidifies
previously passed Proposition 42 that calls for the gasoline tax
to be only used for transportation improvements and ensures the $2
billion a year collected for it not be siphoned off for other budget
needs. It will ensure the Bay Area receives $274 million annually
and $3.4 billion over 10 years, according the Metropolitan
If passed, the propositions will guarantee millions to Bay Area
SamTrans is slated to earn an extra $67.7 million, Caltrain will get
$60.3 million and Bay Area Rapid Transit will get $348.8 million
over the next 10 years, according to the MTC.
In that same time, the Bay Area would receive $1.3 billion for
public transportation modernization and improvements, $365 million
for local street and road repairs and $348 million in state
transportation improvement program funding. San Mateo County cities
will be entitled to a total of slightly more than $321 million from
both propositions, according to the MTC.
"I think there's no doubt, as with parks, schools ...We're in a
sorry state. This measure is really about catching up. We have
cities with local roads decades behind in upgrades," said Randy
Rentschler, legislation and public affairs director for the MTC.
Some of the money will be directly allocated to cities, counties
and transportation agencies. However, most of the money will be
available for in what Rentschler describes as a "sweepstakes."
Money will be awarded to agencies based on the need for certain
projects and a long list of certain qualifications, he said.
What San Mateo County would receive
Local Streets and Road: $133.1M (Prop 1A), $40.8M (Prop 1B)
State Transportation Improvement Program: $119.5M (1A), $28.7M (1B)
Atherton: $67,049 (1A), $400,000 (1B)
Belmont: $236,804 (1A), $814,868 (1B)
Brisbane: $34,568 (1A), $400,000 (1B)
Burlingame: $261,493 (1A), $899,824 (1B)
Colma: $14,542 (1A), $400,000 (1B)
Daly City: $967,787(1A),$3,330,257 (1B)
East Palo Alto: $296,218 (1A),$1,019,315 (1B)
Foster City: $276,062 (1A), $949,959 (1B)
Half Moon Bay: $117,617 (1A), $404,733 (1B)
Hillsborough: $101,238 (1A), $400,000 (1B)
Menlo Park: $283,910 (1A), $976,964 (1B)
Millbrae: $191,443 (1A), $658,776 (1B)
Pacifica: $357,671 (1A), $1,230,784 (1B)
Portola Valley: $42,037 (1A), $400,000 (1B)
Redwood City: $702,500 (1A), $2,417,357 (1B)
San Bruno: $383,302 (1A),$1,318,981 (1B)
San Carlos: $260,966 (1A), $898,013 (1B)
San Mateo: $870,796 (1A), $2,996,500 (1B)
S. San Francisco:$570,812 (1A), $1,964,222 (1B)
Woodside: $50,845 (1A), $400,000 (1B)
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