In 1988 when voters approved Measure A, Riverside County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation, they set in motion a proactive response to growing congestion by spelling out a list of transportation projects to address the problem.
RCTC has ensured that the $1 billion raised by Measure A from 1989 to 2009 has made a significant difference on virtually every major roadway in the County. Commuter rail, public transit, and commuters have also received benefits.
Funds go back to each of three districts: Western Riverside County, the Coachella Valley, and Palo Verde, in proportion to what they contribute.
In addition to major highway projects, over half a billion dollars has improved local streets and roads everywhere in Riverside County. Between 1990 and 2006 cities and county areas in Western Riverside County had received $370.3 million, cities and county areas in the Coachella Valley had received $119.6 million, and cities and county areas in the Palo Verde district had received $14.2 million.
In 2002, Measure A was extended by Riverside County voters. Now, Measure A will continue to fund transportation improvements through 2039.