Facing crowded roads and construction, Cupertino establishes traffic impact fee

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CUPERTINO — The City of Cupertino unanimously passed an ordinance Oct. 3 that directs funds to reducing traffic congestion in the area, which has grown busier since construction of Apple Inc.’s new headquarters was approved in 2013. Almost all new developments in the city — residential, retail, office or hotel — will pay a traffic impact fee to fund road improvements, public transit and bicycle safety projects. Cupertino joins its neighbors, including San Jose and Sunnyvale, in adopting fees to offset the traffic burden caused by new businesses and housing units. But compared to other Bay Area cities where technology companies are headquartered, Cupertino lacks the public transit infrastructure to…

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