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August 9, 2011 > Alameda CTC merger saves taxpayers over $3M

Alameda CTC merger saves taxpayers over $3M

Submitted By Tess Lengyel

Taking action to trim government bureaucracy and save Alameda County taxpayer dollars, July 2011 marked the first anniversary of the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), a Joint Powers Authority resulting from a merger of the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (ACCMA) and the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA).

The Alameda CTC focus is to plan, fund and deliver transportation projects and programs that expand access and improve mobility to foster a vibrant and livable Alameda County.

The Commission's first consolidated budget for Fiscal Year 2011-12 reflects consolidation efficiencies that will save taxpayers over $3M and presents greater detail to improve accountability and transparency. In a time of diminishing revenues, the Alameda CTC is streamlining operations and eliminating redundancies.

"Good government begins with looking at what efficiencies we can make in our own institutions," says Alameda CTC Chair Mark Green, Mayor of City of Union City. "The merger of two county-wide transportation agencies in Alameda County is saving taxpayers over $3M and it will provide uninterrupted services through improved strategic planning, effective funding decisions and on-going project and program implementation. These savings go directly into transportation projects and operations, supporting jobs and mobility. The public expects and deserves these efficiencies and the Alameda CTC is delivering them."

Some of the efficiencies realized in the budget include streamlining of staff by 20 percent, which saved over $1M in salaries from the FY2010-11 budgets of the two former agencies and the consolidation of annually renewed contracts, which saved an additional $2M.

In July, the Commission unanimously approved reappointing Union City Mayor Mark Green as its Chair and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty as its Vice-Chair, noting their effectiveness in merging the two agencies and the resultant substantial cost savings.

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