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August 3, 2010 > New transportation agency announces chair and vice chair

New transportation agency announces chair and vice chair

Submitted By Christine Monsen and Dennis Fay, Co-Executive Directors, Alameda CTC

On July 22, the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda
CTC) held its first meeting and elected its Chair, Mayor Mark Green, Union City, and Vice Chair, Supervisor Scott Haggerty. The Alameda County CTC is a newly-formed countywide transportation agency, resulting from the merger of the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (ACCMA) and the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA). Its mission is to plan, fund and deliver a broad spectrum of transportation projects and programs to enhance mobility throughout Alameda County. In the midst of a down economy, the merger is an economical move to streamline costs, eliminate redundancies and create efficiencies in planning, programs and project delivery.

In this respect, the Alameda CTC stresses accountability and transparency in administering public funds, as well as forward-thinking reforms to improve the County's ability to effectively plan and build transportation for the future.

"This is good for the cities, good for the county and transit operators and, in the long-run, will provide greater efficiencies in delivering transportation improvements and services to the residents and businesses of Alameda County," noted newly-elected Chair, Mayor Mark Green, who successfully spearheaded the year-and-a-half merger process.

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.

In May 2009, the Boards reviewed opportunities for service sharing and potential merger of operations, opportunities for cost efficiencies and estimated annual savings. This review demonstrated a very good return on investment, with up-front costs relatively minor considering the long-term goals and benefits.

The greatest opportunities for consolidation and efficiency improvement were in the areas of financial services, administrative services and capital project delivery. Members also discussed the potential for blending the Boards of Directors into one Board. The initial analysis was compelling enough for the Boards to move forward with an implementation analysis and plan.

In January 2010, the Boards expressed support for a proposed merger of the two agencies, including a new structure for a combined Board of Directors and support for the title of Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) as the name of the agency.

In February 2010, the joint Boards approved a draft Joint Powers Agreement and directed staff to present it to the Board of Supervisors, the city councils for all 14 cities in the County and the Boards of AC Transit and BART. Over the next few months, ACTIA and ACCMA obtained approval of the new Joint Powers Agreement and the 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 composition of the ACTIA Board 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 were transferred to ACTIA. As the merger continues, these will be turned over to the new Alameda CTC.

For more information on the Alameda CTC, ACCMA and ACTIA, visit

Alameda County Transportation Commission CTC Board members / alternates as of July 22, 2010.
Alameda County, District 1 Supervisor Scott Haggerty / Councilmember Bill Harrison
* Alameda County, District 2 Supervisor Gail Steele
* Alameda County, District 3 Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker / Councilmember Michael Gregory
* Alameda County, District 4 Supervisor Nate Miley
* Alameda County, District 5 Supervisor Keith Carson / Councilmember Kriss Worthington
* City of Alameda Mayor Beverly Johnson / Councilmember Frank Matarrese
* City of Albany Vice Mayor Farid Javandel / Councilmember Peggy Thomsen
* City of Berkeley Councilmember Laurie Capitelli / Councilmember Kriss Worthington
* City of Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti / Vice Mayor Kasie Hildenbrand
* City of Emeryville Mayor Ruth Atkin / Vice Mayor Kurt Brinkman
* City of Fremont Vice Mayor Robert Wieckowski / Mayor Robert Wasserman
* City of Hayward Councilmember Olden Henson
* City of Livermore Mayor Marshall Kamena / Councilmember Jeff Williams
* City of Newark Councilmember Luis Freitas / Councilmember Alberto Huezo
* City of Oakland Councilmember Larry Reid / Councilmember Patricia Kernighan
* City of Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan / Councilmember Jane Brunner
* City of Piedmont Vice Mayor John Chiang / Councilmember Garrett Keating
* City of Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman / Councilmember Cheryl Cook-Kallio
* City of San Leandro Councilmember Joyce Starosciak / Mayor Tony Santos
* City of Union City Mayor Mark Green Councilmember / Carol Dutra-Vernaci
* AC Transit Director Greg Harper / Director Rocky Fernandez
* BART Director Tom Blalock / Director Robert Franklin

Outline of the merger process:
* First Alameda CTC meeting on July 22, 2010
* Selection of new Executive Director - September 23, 2010
* New Executive Director on Board by November 2010
* Employees transition to new Commission - January-March, 2011
* Single accounting system begins July 1, 2011
* Complete integration of operations January 2012
* Consolidation of office space November 2014

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