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VTA Board Approves Transportation Sales Tax Measure for Ballot

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    The Santa Clara County VTA board voted Thursday to place a transportation sales tax measure on the November ballot.

    The measure, approved by a unanimous vote, calls for a half-cent sales tax increase over 30 years that would generate as much as $6.5 billion to help fund a number of transit and transportation infrastructure projects, VTA said in a news release.

    Revenues from the tax would target the following projects: $1.5 billion toward the BART Phase II construction, which extends the train service south into downtown San Jose; $1.2 billion toward city streets and roads; $1 billion for Caltrain upgrades; $750 million for highway interchanges; $750 million for county expressways; $500 million for transit operations; $350 million toward Highway 85 improvements; and $250 million for bicycle and pedestrian programs.

    The measure will require a two-thirds voter majority to pass.