A half-cent sales tax initiative in Santa Clara County, California, has become a model program in the finance of county highway improvements. Creative funding, fast-track planning, and public-private partnerships drive the Measure A Highway Improvement Program. The Santa Clara County Traffic Authority (SCCTA) devised the program in response to commuter gridlock created by burgeoning new centers of commerce in their growing county. The sales tax--known as the Santa Clara County Commuter Relief Act--was one of several funding mechanisms, including monies from California's State/Local Partnership Project and two Federal Demonstration Program grants. Land donation also played an important role. The article explains that construction costs were kept low because of California's slow construction market and fierce competition for work among firms. Changes on Routes 101, 85, and 237 are described extensively--the upgrading to freeway status of 61 km (38 mi) and the new construction of 29 km (18 mi). When Measure A expires in March 1995, a similar measure has been voted to take its place for a 20-year period. The new measure is being challenged and the California Supreme Court plans to hear the case.

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    Scranton Gillette Communications

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  • Authors:
    • Flynn, L
  • Publication Date: 1994-5


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  • Accession Number: 00663067
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 5 1994 12:00AM