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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. 

Alameda CTC is estimated to receive $63 million over four fiscal years (FY 2012-13 through FY 2015-16) from the OBAG program, funded by the federal surface transportation act, for transportation investments in Alameda County (local streets and roads, bicycle and pedestrian projects and transit oriented development). Pursuant to the OBAG requirements, Alameda CTC is required to allocate 70 percent of the funds to priority development areas (PDAs) and to develop a PDA Investment and Growth Strategy that establishes a process for prioritizing OBAG transportation funds in a way that supports and encourages residential and commercial development in the region’s PDAs in both the near- and long-term. See the map of PDAs in Alameda County.

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

To support the development of the Alameda County OBAG program, Alameda CTC performed community outreach throughout 2012-2013. For more information about these efforts, see the 2013 Alameda County OBAG Implementation Fact Sheet (available in Chinese (中文) and Spanish (En Español)) and the 2012-13 Alameda CTC Outreach Schedule that summarizes outreach activities on a monthly basis for fiscal year 2012-2013.

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.