These programs set aside a percentage of funds to local jurisdictions such as the City of Oakland to directly receive funds from ACTC on a regular basis. This increases local control over local dollars. In addition to these pass-through funds, the City of Oakland also receives funded discretionary grants from ACTC for projects by application. A key feature of these programs is that funds can only be used to serve local transportation needs.
Measure B was approved by Alameda County voters in 1986 and renewed in 2000. It provides a one-half-cent sales tax to improve transportation throughout the County. It is the largest sources of
Measure B was approved by Alameda County voters in 1986 and renewed in 2000. It provides a one-half-cent sales tax to improve transportation throughout the County. It is the largest source of funding for maintaining and building Oakland’s streets.
Measure BB, that passed the 2/3 required voter approval on the November 4, 2014 ballot, increased the local transportation sales tax from ½ cent to 1 cent, and will extend it for 30 years until 2050. The measure was passed along with the countywide Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP). This ensures strict accountability over the 1.4B in transportation funds that will be provided over the next 30 years.
Measure F Alameda County Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF) Program was approved by Alameda County voters in November, 2010, with 63% of the vote. The VRF is a $10 charge per year for each vehicle registered in Alameda County. This $10 fee, which began in May 2011, will generate about $11 million throughout Alameda County per year. These funds are dedicated to maintain the County’s transportation infrastructure through the following four categories: Local Road Improvement and Repair Program (60%), Transit for Congestion Relief (25%), Local Transportation Technology (10%), and Pedestrian and Bicyclist Access and Safety Program (5%).
How Do Measure B, BB, and Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF) Funds Help Oakland?
* Oakland receives approximately $10 million every year to maintain our local streets and roads. These funds help Oakland repave streets, fill pot holes and repair sidewalks; install and maintain traffic signals, streets signs and street lights; and address neighborhood traffic safety issues and traffic safety near schools.
* Oakland receives another approximately $1 million each year specifically for bicycle and pedestrian safety projects. Projects include new pedestrian signals, and design and installation bicycle lanes, racks and other facilities.
* Oakland receives approximately $1 million in paratransit dollars to assist seniors and people with mobility impairments.
* Oakland receives approximately $1.5 million annually from VRF funds for local street and road repair, which is specifically targeted to paving projects