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New chair and vice chair of Alameda CTC

By Tess Lengyel

OAKLAND, Calif. -- In the first change in leadership since its inception, the Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC) unanimously elected Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty as its Chair and Oakland City Council President Pro Tem Rebecca Kaplan as its Vice Chair, on January 24, 2013. Both have served on the Commission since it was created in July 2010, from the merger of the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency and the sales tax authority, Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority.

Supervisor Haggerty is a long standing local and region-wide leader for transportation funding and implementation, and succeeds inaugural Chair, Mayor Mark Green.

"I'm pleased to be leading the Alameda CTC as we move into our second decade of delivering voter-mandated and publicly funded transportation solutions," stated Chair-elect Haggerty. "It is an honor to work together with top-notch elected officials to solve the challenging issues of congestion, air quality and transportation funding for Alameda County, with the highest level of accountability."

"The Alameda County Transportation Commission is essential in fulfilling our region's commitment to expanding economic opportunity and reducing greenhouse gases," Kaplan said. "I'm honored to serve as vice chair of this important regional planning agency and look forward to continuing our work to rebuild infrastructure for our future."

The Chair and Vice Chair were elected for a term of one year. The Alameda CTC also welcomed four new Commissioners; Alameda Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Albany Mayor Peggy Thomsen, Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne, and Union City Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci.

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