October 18, 2011 > Workshops for Transportation Plan
Workshops for Transportation Plan
Submitted By ACTC
The Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) is currently updating its Countywide Transportation Plan (CWTP) and developing a new Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP) to fund critical transportation maintenance, operations and projects that support local jobs. The public is invited to attend any of a series of five community meetings to be held throughout the county in October and November 2011 to provide their input into the process.
The community workshops will provide an overview of the purpose of the CWTP and the TEP; present and gather input on preliminary TEP projects and programs; and engage participants in prioritizing transportation improvements.
The Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) was formed in July 2010 by the merger of two existing organizations, the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (ACCMA) and the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA). Alameda CTC is a joint powers authority whose members include the 14 cities in Alameda County, the County of Alameda, AC Transit and BART.
The Alameda Countywide Transportation Plan (CWTP) is a long-range policy document that guides transportation funding decisions for Alameda County's transportation system over the next 25 years. The CWTP is updated every four years and includes capital, operating and maintenance funding for roads and highways, public transit (including senior and disabled transportation) and projects that support walking and biking. All transportation projects and programs requesting state, federal or regional funding must be consistent with this Plan. For the first time, the Plan must be closely coordinated with land use decisions to reduce the impacts of greenhouse gases, consistent with State legislation.
The Transportation Expenditure Plan (currently known as Measure B) is a major source of local funding for transportation projects and programs, such as operations and maintenance, in Alameda County. A reauthorization of the TEP is being considered because the current Measure B capital projects have been largely built or committed and the economic downturn has reduced funding for many programs supported by Measure B, resulting in fewer funds to operate and maintain the County's transportation system. The local measure funds far exceed state and federal funding amounts for the County's transportation system.
The first Measure B was approved in 1986 and was extended with a new set of projects and programs in 2000 by 81.5 percent voter approval. In the existing measure, 60 percent of the collected funds are dedicated to programs such as local street and road repair, bicycle and pedestrian safety, transit and paratransit operations. Forty percent of the collected funds are dedicated to capital projects including transit and highway infrastructure improvements. The Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP) will be submitted to the voters of Alameda County for approval. If the plan appears on the 2012 ballot, as anticipated, it will require a two-thirds majority to pass.
The development of the CWTP began in October 2010, with a first round of community workshops held in February-March 2011. Input from those workshops was used to develop the draft CWTP. The final CWTP is expected to be approved in mid-2012. Currently, plans call for the TEP to appear on the November 2012 ballot.
For more information about the workshops, contact Holly Kuljian at (510) 845-7549. Language interpreters, accessible seating, and other special accommodations will be available with a minimum of 72 hours notice.
For more information about the Alameda County Transportation Commission, visit AlamedaCTC.org.
SCHEDULE OF WORKSHOPS
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
All are ADA and transit accessible
Tuesday, October 18
South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis Street, Berkeley
Wednesday, October 19
San Leandro Senior Community Center
13909 East 14th Street, San Leandro
Monday, October 24
East Oakland Senior Center
9255 Edes Avenue, Oakland
Thursday, October 27
Union City Sports Center
31224 Union City Boulevard, Union City
Wednesday, November 2
Dublin Public Library
200 Civic Plaza, Dublin