OneBayArea Grant Program
Alameda CTC is implementing the OneBayArea Grant (OBAG) Program that was developed to support California’s climate law (Senate Bill 375, Steinberg, 2008), which requires a Sustainable Communities Strategy, an integrated land use and transportation plan that all metropolitan regions in California must complete under Senate Bill 375. OBAG is funded by the federal surface transportation act. See our Opportunities Page for the Call for Projects in February 2013. Applications for OBAG funds are due in March 2013, and a workshop was held for applicants in early February 2013.
As part of this OBAG implementation, Alameda CTC is estimated to receive $63 million to allocate throughout Alameda County for local streets and roads, bicycle and pedestrian projects and transit oriented development. Per the OBAG requirements, Alameda CTC must spend 70 percent of the funds in priority development areas (PDAs) and 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.
To support the development of the Alameda County OBAG program, Alameda CTC is performing community outreach. For more information, see the Alameda County OBAG Implementation Fact Sheet (available in Chinese (中文) and Spanish (En Español)) and the 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 — requires 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. Alameda CTC requested and received an extension of the original MTC complete streets deadline for Alameda County jurisdictions; it is now April 1, 2013. See the Alameda CTC Complete Streets page for more information.