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June 29, 2010 > Countywide transportation agency created

Countywide transportation agency created

Submitted By ACTIA and ACCMA

At a joint board meeting on June 24, the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA) and the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (ACCMA) gave final approval to a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) which creates a new countywide transportation agency, the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC). The JPA had previously been approved by the County's 14 cities, the County Board of Supervisors, AC Transit and BART.

Approval of the JPA completes the first step in merging the two agencies into a single entity to eliminate redundancies and create efficiencies in planning and project delivery and to streamline legislative, policy and funding strategies. The merger will take place according to a specific schedule. Until all merger actions are complete, a 22-member Board, with representation from all Alameda County cities, the County, AC Transit and BART, will act on behalf of ACTIA, ACCMA, and the Alameda CTC.

"This action creates a unified voice for Alameda County transportation by streamlining administration, planning, funding and delivery of projects and programs, providing a positive economic benefit for the residents, businesses and other governmental agencies in Alameda County," commented Union City's Mayor Mark Green, Chair of both ACTIA and ACCMA.

The Alameda CTC Board (and the separate Boards of ACTIA and CMA for a period of time until all merger activities are finalized) is composed of:

¥ Each member of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors;
¥ One member from each of the 14 cities (Oakland has two representatives); and
¥ One BART representative and one AC Transit representative.

Specifically, in administering Measure B, Alameda County's half-cent transportation sales tax measure approved by voters in November 2000, the funding allocations will continue as promised to voters. Forty percent of funds for capital projects and 60 percent for program expenditures will include distribution of pass-through funds to local jurisdictions and sponsor-agencies for local streets and roads, transit maintenance and operations, senior and disabled transportation, bicycle and pedestrian safety and transit-oriented development. The Alameda CTC will ensure the Commission's administrative staff costs related to Measure B expenditures are capped at 1 percent of net Measure B revenues. Total administrative costs related to Measure B are limited to 4.5 percent of net revenues. Annual independent audits, currently performed to ensure accountability and transparency, will continue.


Merger Background
In January 2009, ACTIA and the ACCMA initiated a study to identify service sharing and/or consolidation opportunities between the two agencies. The study examined whether mission-critical responsibilities could be delivered in a more streamlined and cost effective manner if the two agencies operated on a more integrated basis.

Another objective was to determine if there was sufficient information to allow policy makers to decide whether to move forward with an implementation analysis and develop a plan for a possible integration and potential consolidation.

During a joint ACTIA-ACCMA meeting in May 2009, the Boards were informed of the opportunities for service sharing and potential merger of operations, consequent cost efficiencies and estimated annual savings. The 10-year return on investment is very good, with up-front costs relatively minor considering the long-term goals and benefits. Consolidation and efficiency improvements are in the areas of financial services, administrative services and capital project delivery. Potential merger of the Boards of Directors into a single Board was also discussed. The initial analysis was compelling enough for the Boards to move forward with an implementation analysis and plan.

As a result of two separate studies, in January 2010 both Boards of Directors expressed support for a proposed merger and directed staff to present necessary actions to a joint meeting to form a new joint powers authority with the powers of a congestion management agency and ACTIA. The Boards further agreed on a new structure for a combined Board of Directors and expressed support for the title Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC).

In February 2010, the joint Boards approved a draft JPA and directed staff to present it to the Board of Supervisors, City Councils for all 14 cities in the County, and AC Transit and BART boards. Over the next few months, ACTIA and ACCMA obtained approval of the new JPA and necessary parallel changes to the ACCMA joint powers agreement from each of these entities. The ACTIA Board also amended the 2000 Transportation Expenditure Plan, following a 45-day review period, to change the ACTIA Board's composition so that it is the same as that of the Alameda CTC Board.

On June 24, the Alameda County Transportation Authority (originally created in 1986 to implement the first transportation sales tax measure in the County) was terminated and the Agency's assets and liabilities transferred to ACTIA. As the merger progresses, these will transfer to the new Alameda CTC.



Merger Timetable (target dates)
June 24, 2010: Completion of JPA adoption by member agencies and Boards of Directors
July 22, 2010: First Alameda CTC meeting
January-March, 2011: Employees transition to new Commission
July 1, 2011: Single accounting system begins
January 2012: Complete integration of operations
November 2014: Consolidation of office space

Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA)
ACTIA administers Measure B, the half-cent transportation sales tax in Alameda County, which was approved by 81.5 percent of the voters. ACTIA delivers transportation improvements and services to keep Alameda County moving, including mass transit projects and programs, transit villages, bicycle and pedestrian corridors, and key highway projects to eliminate bottlenecks and improve local connectivity. For more information, visit www.actia2022.com

Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (ACCMA)
In 1990, California voters passed Proposition 111 that increased the statewide fuel tax to fund transportation projects and required urban counties to designate an agency to plan and implement congestion management projects and programs with these funds. In 1991, Alameda County, its 14 cities and local transit operators created ACCMA. The agency works to improve how residents, workers, visitors and goods move in and through Alameda County. By properly channeling information, expertise and scarce transportation dollars, ACCMA ensures tax dollars are spent wisely to improve transportation countywide. For more information, visit www.accma.ca.gov


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