The Bay Area is home to an extensive trails network, several of which are under development throughout Alameda County. They serve as recreational, commuter and community access corridors.
Developing, building and maintaining trails and greenways requires extensive partnerships with cities, counties, park districts, Caltrans, transportation agencies, community members, regulatory agencies, funding partners and in some cases, non-profits. Each step of project development and delivery requires close partnerships to plan, fund, deliver, maintain and operate the trails.
Alameda County Transportation Commission is funding development of the following three Alameda County trails with $264 million in Measure BB transportation sales tax funds (or three percent of total funds) in the Bicycle and Pedestrian Paths and Safety Program:
- Bay Trail
- East Bay Greenway (See the East Bay Greenway project webpage for more detailed information.)
- Iron Horse Trail
- Measure B: approved by voters in 2000.
- Measure BB: approved by the voters in 2014 to generate nearly $8 billion over 30 years for essential transportation improvements throughout Alameda County.
- Completion of major trails: these funds are for project development, construction and capital maintenance only. Routine maintenance is not eligible from this funding source. ($264 million)
- Direct local distributions are improvements are funded by Measure B, Measure BB and VRF. Routine maintenance of trails is an eligible use of these funds. (~$232 million for bicycle and pedestrian trails)
- Regional Measure 3 (RM 3) includes $150 million to expand the San Francisco Bay Trail and Safe Routes to Transit for bicyclists and pedestrians.
- 2018 Cycle 4 has programmed $440 million statewide for FY 2020-23.
- The California Natural Resources Agency also proposes $24.7 million in grant funds.
- See https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/funding/funding_opportunities.cfm for more information