What is the Alameda CTC and what does it do?
The Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) is a joint powers authority that plans, funds and delivers transportation programs and projects that expand access and improve mobility to foster a vibrant and livable Alameda County. It was formed in 2010 from the merger of two organizations – the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA) and Congestion Management Agency (Alameda CMA). It is governed by 22 elected officials representing all 14 cities in Alameda County, the five County Board of Supervisors, and a representative from BART and AC Transit.
Why did ACTIA and the Alameda CMA merge?
Both agencies were involved in transportation programming and project delivery as well as advocacy related to transportation and mobility. The merger built on the success of the two agencies while saving tax dollars by eliminating redundancies and streamlining administrative processes.
Who makes the decision on where tax dollars should be allocated?
Alameda CTC implements projects and programs approved by the voters through policy, planning and funding decisions made in public meetings. Members represent the interests of their local constituents, as well as all residents of Alameda County who benefit from the investments included in the county transportation plans. Alameda CTC has community advisory committees that make direct recommendations on bicycle and pedestrian funding as well as senior and disabled transportation funding. This enables local community members to be engaged in recommending how transportation dollars are allocated.
How does Alameda CTC ensure accountability of taxpayer funds?
Alameda CTC spends tax dollars wisely and delivers projects and programs efficiently. In 2000, Measure B established a Citizens Watchdog Committee (CWC) to review, on behalf of the public, all expenditures on projects, programs and administration as well as timely delivery of projects. A major role of the CWC is to keep the public informed about the progress of Measure B-funded programs and projects and the appropriate use of these funds. The CWC reports its findings annually to the public to ensure transparency and accountability.
100% of all Measure B taxpayer funds have been found by independent audit reports to be spent in accordance with what the voters approved. The new expenditure plan that will be placed on the November 2012 ballot continues this oversight with an Independent Watchdog Committee that will perform the same functions.
What plans are produced through Alameda CTC?
The Countywide Transportation Plan (CWTP) is a long-range policy document that guides decisions and articulates the vision for the County’s transportation system over a 25-year planning horizon. It lays the groundwork for an investment program and serves as Alameda County's input to the Regional Transportation Plan. This plan is updated every four years. A final draft CWTP was approved by the Alameda CTC in May 2012.
Concurrent with the CWTP, Alameda CTC also developed a new Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP) that lays out how many of the projects and programs in the long-range plan will be funded with the transportation sales tax measure.
The Alameda CTC also develops long-range bicycle and pedestrian plans that are incorporated into the CWTP and are in part funded by the TEP.
In addition, Alameda CTC conducts special studies and manages planning programs, such as the Congestion Management Program, which is updated every two years and sets forth the fundamentals for implementing the long-range CWTP, including setting level of service (LOS) standards for roadways, analyzing the impact of land development on transportation, exploring ways to manage travel demand, and developing a five-year Capital Improvement Program. Alameda CTC also maintains a countywide travel demand model to anticipate and forecast the potential impacts of local land development decisions on the major roadways in the county, and every two years prepares a LOS report, to determine congestion-related conditions on the county’s roadway system.
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