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August 17, 2010 > Executive director named to Alameda County Transportation Commission

Executive director named to Alameda County Transportation Commission

Submitted By Alameda CTC

On August 9, 2010, the Alameda County Transportation Commission appointed its first Executive Director, Arthur Dao, to lead the newly-formed countywide transportation agency. The announcement came after a decision during a special meeting of the full Commission, and comes more than one month ahead of the anticipated schedule, which aimed to have the new Executive Director in place by late September 2010.

Dao's appointment follows a national search to fill the new position and will allow the Commission, formed earlier in the year by a Joint Powers Agreement between the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA) and the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (ACCMA), to move forward with plans for the consolidation of both agencies.

"Art has a wealth of technical skills, expertise, experience and strong advocacy ability with public officials, having worked with city, County, and agency staff for so long. He is highly regarded, his learning curve will be minimal and he has a strong desire and proven record of getting things accomplished," said Alameda CTC Chairman and Union City Mayor Mark Green.

"The Commission couldn't have picked a better Executive Director than Art Dao. He is ready, enthusiastic and smart and has all the skill to make things work," noted outgoing long-time ACTIA Executive Director Christine Monsen in support of his appointment.

Dao transitions into the Commission's Executive Director position from his previous function with ACTIA, where he was appointed in June 2001 to serve as the Deputy Director. In that capacity, Dao was responsible for the delivery of the Measure B-funded Capital Program and is credited with developing and overseeing the early delivery of nearly all Measure B capital infrastructure projects. Alameda County residents may anticipate similar momentum and accountability under Dao's leadership at the Commission.

To date, formation of the Alameda CTC has involved many prior steps, beginning in January 2009 with a consolidation analysis outlining the benefits of combining ACTIA and ACCMA. In January 2010, the Boards of ACTIA and ACCMA expressed joint support of a merger and, in February 2010, the joint Boards approved a draft Joint Powers Agreement, which received approval of the Board of Supervisors, the City Councils of all 14 cities in the County, and the Boards of AC Transit and BART.

On June 24, 2010, the Alameda County Transportation Authority (ACTA - originally created in 1986 to implement the first transportation sales tax measure in the County) was terminated and the Agency's assets and liabilities were transferred to ACTIA. On July 22 the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA), Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (ACCMA) and the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) held its first joint board meeting, electing the Chair, Mayor Mark Green of Union City, and Vice Chair, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, for all three Boards. Under Dao's direction, final steps will include formally transitioning and integrating current ACTIA and ACCMA operations to the new Commission in the coming months.

Dao brings more than 24 years of transportation engineering and management experience to the Commission. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of California at Davis and is a registered engineer.

Executive Directors Christine Monsen (ACTIA) and Dennis Fay (ACCMA) will continue their roles as Co-Executive Directors of the Alameda CTC until a commencement date is established for the new Executive Director.

"Christine and Dennis have been the pillars of transportation in Alameda County and in the region. They leave behind a tremendous legacy for me to follow and we are working on an appropriate transition plan. ACCMA Chief Deputy Director Frank Furger will continue to play a critical, valuable leadership role in the new agency to deliver key projects in Alameda County. It is also important to note that while there is much work ahead for me, as the incoming Executive Director, to build a unified team of staff from the two predecessor organizations, I will take all measures to ensure there will be no interruption to the delivery of on-going and critical projects and programs," said Dao.

For more information about the Alameda County Transportation Commission, visit

Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority
ACTIA administers Measure B, the half-cent transportation sales tax in Alameda County, which was approved by 81.5 percent of the voters. ACTIA delivers transportation improvements and services to keep Alameda County moving, including mass transit projects and programs, transit villages, bicycle and pedestrian corridors, and key highway projects to eliminate bottlenecks and improve local connectivity.

Alameda County Congestion Management Agency
In 1990, California voters passed Proposition 111 that increased the statewide fuel tax to fund transportation projects and required urban counties to designate an agency to plan and implement congestion management projects and programs with these funds. In 1991, Alameda County, its 14 cities and local transit operators created the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (ACCMA). The ACCMA works to improve how residents, workers, visitors and goods move in and through Alameda County. By properly channeling information, expertise and scarce transportation dollars, ACCMA ensures that tax dollars are spent wisely to improve transportation countywide.

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