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Milpitas aims Measure B funds toward relieving congestion, safety

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Milpitas is receiving more than $300,000 in funding for infrastructure projects from newly-released funds accrued by Measure B since 2017.

Over 70 percent of Santa Clara County voters approved Measure B in 2016 to fund $6.3 billion in road repair, a South Bay BART extension and other projects.

A Saratoga woman filed a lawsuit against the measure in January 2017, saying the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority had misled voters through the sales tax. She appealed and lost the case last week.

The city of Milpitas announced Friday it will receive $1.3 million annually from the funds, beginning with a first installment of $329,415 toward easing traffic congestion, street safety programs and a street resurfacing program.

The 30-year, half-cent sales tax has raised $340 million since it began collecting funds two years ago. VTA will now distribute the funds to projects throughout Santa Clara County, with a majority of funds going to BART.

Milpitas will also consider creating a transportation subcommittee during a meeting on Feb. 5 to develop creative solutions to traffic issues and decide how to best leverage the Measure B funding.

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