One Bay Area Grant Program
Alameda CTC is implementing the One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) Program that was developed to support California’s climate law (Senate Bill 375, Steinberg, 2008). SB 375 requires that all metropolitan regions in California must complete a Sustainable Communities Strategy, an integrated land use and transportation plan.
A call for projects was released in February 2013 and applications for OBAG funds were due in March. A final funding program was approved by the Alameda CTC in June 2013, which will allocate more than $70 million from multiple fund sources, including OBAG, Measure B Bike/Ped funds and Express Bus grant, and Vehicle Registration Fee Bike/Ped grant and transit funds. In response to the call for projects, Alameda CTC received 69 applications requesting a total of $121.1 million. Each application underwent a rigorous evaluation process to prioritize projects that link transportation improvements with land-use decisions, relieve congestion and improve the region’s air quality, resulting a final list of projects approved by the Commission in June 2013. Click here to see the complete list of projects.
Background and Public Outreach
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission — the agency that distributes the OBAG funds to Alameda CTC — required that any jurisdiction receiving OBAG funding must either adopt a Complete Streets policy resolution that is consistent with regional guidelines or have a general plan circulation element that is in compliance with the state Complete Streets Act. Each of Alameda County's 14 jurisdictions adopted a Complete Streets Policy by the 2013 deadline.