With the support of the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), Arthur L. Dao, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the organization will retire in December 2019 after more than 33 years in the transportation industry. Mr. Dao’s career has included infrastructure delivery and investments to support mobility, efficiency, access, economic development and the environment throughout the Bay Area.
As Alameda CTC’s first executive director, Mr. Dao led the merger of the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA) and the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (ACCMA) in 2010, which has resulted in improved governmental efficiency and strengthened the funding and delivery of capital projects and programs.
Under Mr. Dao’s leadership, Alameda CTC:
- Developed the 2014 Transportation Expenditure Plan, Measure BB, which was overwhelmingly approved by Alameda County voters in November 2014 to generate more than $8 billion of transportation investments in the county over 30 years, which would result in $20 billion of economic activities and a significant number of jobs;
- Successfully delivered over $800 million of State Proposition 1B bond-funded projects to relieve congestion on major freeway corridors;
- Developed and achieved consensus on a set of comprehensive plans and strategies for goods movement investments, transit improvements and major multimodal arterials improvements throughout Alameda County;
- Strengthened partnerships and coordination with state, regional, and local agencies and transit operators to increase transportation investments in Alameda County.
Prior to being the Executive Director of the Alameda CTC, Mr. Dao was the Deputy Director of Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA). In that capacity, Mr. Dao was responsible for the delivery of the $1.4 billion 2000 Measure B capital program almost 10 years ahead of schedule.
Led by Mr. Dao, notable projects over the past eighteen years include:
- The Bay Area’s first express lanes, the Interstate 680 Sunol Express Lanes, the first in a 550-mile regional network of high-occupancy toll lane projects, and subsequent express lanes on Interstate 580.
- Exemplary transit projects: the BART to Warm Springs station, the BART West Access Bridge and Plaza, the BART/Oakland Airport Connector and the $178 million East Bay Bus Rapid Transit project.
- The introduction of Integrated Corridor Mobility technology for the approximately 270,000 vehicles per day that use the I-80 corridor, one of the Bay Area’s top 10 busiest corridors.
- Critical interjurisdictional arterial corridors: the East 14th Street/Mission Boulevard and Fremont Boulevard Corridor and the San Pablo Avenue Corridor projects, both of which traverse a number of Alameda County jurisdictions.
- Vanguard programs, such as Safe Routes to Schools and the Affordable Student Transit Pass Program, both a part of the Alameda County School Travel Opportunities Program, which was awarded a $3.7 million SB 1 Active Transportation Program grant for the integration of these two successful Alameda CTC programs.
“I have been at the helm all of these years, but I am well aware that none of this happens without my excellent and passionate staff,” says Mr. Dao. “It has been my privilege to serve alongside such hardworking and dedicated people that are cognizant of the value of the good work that we do here at Alameda CTC.”