South County Measure B Grant News
AC Transit, BART, Fremont, Newark, Union City, Union City Transit
Local transit agencies including paratransit providers, jurisdictions and Alameda County receive monthly Measure B and Vehicle Registration Fee pass-through payments to meet regional transportation priorities for several programs: Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety, Local Streets and Roads, Local Transportation Technology, Mass Transit, Paratransit and Transit for Congestion Relief. Below are fund recipients' recent reports on the delivery of these projects.
East Bay Paratransit moves to centralized dispatch
||The East Bay Paratransit Consortium’s Paratransit Broker contracts with three companies that provide the drivers and vehicles that transport East Bay Paratransit (EBP) passengers. In total, there are over 300 drivers and 210 vehicles in the EBP fleet. In annual surveys, the drivers consistently receive high marks for courtesy and assistance to riders. Historically, each service provider employed their own dispatchers to communicate directly with their drivers. Dispatcher duties include assisting drivers and redirecting vehicles in response to day-to-day issues in the field. For example, the dispatcher may direct a vehicle to take a pick-up from a vehicle delayed by traffic. However, each provider could only view his or her own fleet when trying to make a decision on how best to respond to a situation.
On April 2, 2013, all dispatchers moved to a central location in the Paratransit Broker’s offices. This move allows every dispatcher the ability to see the entire East Bay Paratransit fleet, which provides them with more options to resolve problems when they arise during the day. Dispatchers received training on new broker-created software modules for viewing the entire fleet, as well as working cooperatively with each other and with all the drivers. East Bay Paratransit feels this is a very positive move that will benefit EBP riders.
This centralized dispatch function is a requirement under the new contract for the Paratransit Broker and service providers that will be effective July 1, 2013. Centralized dispatch complements the technology improvements implemented over the past few years financed with Measure B Paratransit Gap Grant Program funds. These improvements include Mobile Data Computers in each vehicle and Interactive Voice Response software.
Union City Transit is 100 percent green!
Union City Transit recently took the delivery of six compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. These CNG buses were built locally in Alameda County by the Gillig Corporation in Hayward.
Union City Transit's active fleet is now 100 percent alternative fueled. Service is funded from a variety of sources including passenger fares, state sales and fuel taxes, and Measure B.
Union City Paratransit ridership on the rise!
Union City Paratransit is one of three Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-mandated paratransit providers in Alameda County. In fiscal year 2012-2013, Union City Paratransit transported almost 21,000 passengers. This is a 10 percent increase from the previous year.
Union City Paratransit provides curb-to-curb service within the city and has limited service to Hayward, Fremont and Newark. Passengers connect from East Bay Paratransit at the Union City BART station or the Union Landing Transit Center. Registered riders are also approved to ride any other ADA paratransit service in the nine-county Bay Area. It would not be possible to provide this valuable service without Measure B. Measure B — your tax dollars at work!
Union City intersection improvements
||In FY12-13, the City of Union City undertook several significant projects that used Measure B and local Measure F funds. One of the most noteworthy projects is the Alvarado Boulevard/Union City Boulevard intersection improvement project that included widening Union City Boulevard to extend bike lanes 2,000 feet farther to the south. The reconfiguration of the intersection eliminated the sharp meandering of traffic lanes on this major arterial that runs parallel to and serves as a reliever route for I-880 and connects the cities of Fremont and Hayward.
The second major project is the new traffic signal at the intersection of Dyer Street and Jean Drive, which allows traffic from the large residential areas on both side of Dyer Street to enter it safely.
Another notable project consisted of replacing three failed brick crosswalks on Smith Street and installing pedestrian-actuated, in-road LED "smart" crosswalks at a mid-block crossing to benefit the many visitors who attend the weekly farmers' market in the Old Alvarado District as well as the school children who attend the nearby elementary school.