The City owns approximately 680 lane miles of streets, 38 miles of bike and pedestrian paths, 66 miles of bike lanes, 100 traffic lights, and 7,000 streetlights. The annual maintenance costs exceed $33 Million. Major funding sources for these projects are Measure B, Measure BB, and Vehicle Registration Fees (VRF). Measure B and Measure BB, Alameda County’s one-cent sales tax for transportation purposes was first approved by voters in 1986, reauthorized in 2000, and augmented in 2014. These dollars, along with a county-wide registration fee of $10 per vehicle to fund local transportation projects (approved by voters in 2010) will result in new and improved freeway interchanges, better-maintained roads and trails, new pedestrian and bicycle facilities, funding for BART to Isabel Avenue in the I-580 median, and dollars to restore and expand bus service. The following projects used approximately $1.15 million of Measure B, BB, and VRF funds for streets and trails for the prior Fiscal Year 2015-16.
|Project Name||Funded by Measure B|
|Annual Pavement Resurfacing||$279,000|
|Annual Slurry Seal||$332,000|
|Miscellaneous Roadway Improvements||$122,000|
|Planning, Design, and Construction of Various Pedestrian and Trail Projects||$360,000|
|Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Master Plan||$50,000|
Measure B, Alameda County’s one-half cent sales tax for transportation was first approved by voters in 1986 and reauthorized in 2000. On November 4, 2014 Alameda County voters reauthorized and augmented this one-half cent the sales tax measure and associated countywide Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP). Measure BB will provide nearly $8 billion over 30 years for transportation improvements throughout Alameda County; the sales tax will sunset in 2045.
For the City of Livermore, reauthorization of Measure BB nearly doubles the City’s funding to maintain and improve our local transportation system. This will result in new and improved freeway interchanges, better maintained roads and trails, new pedestrian and bicycle facilities, funding to help bring BART to Isabel Avenue in the I-580 median, and will restore and expand bus and train services. Below is a partial list of Livermore and Tri-Valley projects included in the TEP that will receive Measure BB funds.
• BART extension to Livermore in the I-580 median to Isabel Avenue ($400 million)
• State Route 84 widening and interchange improvements between Pigeon Pass and I-680 ($130 million)
• Livermore Local Streets and Roads improvements ($1.74 million annually)
• Livermore Bike and Pedestrian Projects ($420,000 annually)
• I-580 improvements including I-580/I-680, I-580/Vasco Road, I-580/Greenville Road, and I-580 Isabel Phase 2 interchanges ($480 million)
• Major Commute Corridor Projects such as widening Greenville Road, Dublin Boulevard, Dougherty Road, and El Charro Road ($639 million)
• I-680 northbound carpool/high-occupancy lanes from SR-237 to Alcosta Boulevard ($60 million)
• Iron Horse Trail bicycle and pedestrian gap closure projects
• Freight corridor improvements on I-580
• LAVTA operations and maintenance for Wheels transit service ($1.3 million annually)
• ACE operations and maintenance ($2.6 million annually)
• Student transit pass program and other projects to increase access to transit
• Modernization of BART stations and system maintenance and expansion
Since inception, Measure B funds helped fund the following Tri-Valley projects:
• I-580/Isabel Interchange
• BART to Livermore studies
• New alignment for State Route 84 (SR-84) (now Isabel Avenue) including extension of SR-84 from Stanley Boulevard to Jack London Boulevard, widening of SR- 84 from I-580 to Vallecitos Road, and improvements through Pigeon Pass
• BART extension to Dublin/Pleasanton
• I-580/I-680 interchange flyover
• I-580 eastbound auxiliary lane from Santa Rita Road to Isabel Avenue/SR-84
• Local Streets and Roads, Mass Transit, Bicycle and Pedestrian, and Paratransit Improvements
Measure BB and the associated TEP was considered because all of the major projects approved by the voters and funded in the 2000 Measure B are either underway or complete. Measure B funded the top transportation priorities in the County but did not include enough money to fully meet our transportation needs. As our population and related transportation needs continue to grow, more funding is needed to meet these demands. State and Federal funds are not enough to meet local needs, and have become less reliable over time. Local funding mechanisms both increase local control over local dollars and position our County to attract external dollars. Extending Measure BB funds allows for the planning of long-range mobility needs in Livermore, and Alameda County as a whole.
A key feature of the countywide sales tax is that it cannot be used for any purpose other than local transportation needs. It cannot be taken by the state or by any other governmental agency under any circumstance, and over the life of this TEP the funds can only be used for the purposes described in the TEP, or as amended.
The TEP was unanimously approved by each of Alameda County's 14 cities and the Alameda County Transportation Commission. Livermore approved the TEP on March 10, 2014, a link to City Council report can be found here. It was then approved by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on July 8th to be placed on the ballot November 4, 2014.
The TEP is a 30-year plan that includes strict accountability measures to ensure all $8 billion are spent on approved projects. The TEP requires an open and transparent public process to allocate the funds, annual independent audits, and independent watchdog committee made up of people who live in Alameda County, and annual compliance reports distributed to the public that detail costs and how specific performance measures are met.
To see past compliance reports click here: Compliance Reports
To view the most recent Watchdog Committee Report click here: Watchdog Committee Report
Alameda County Transportation Commission created a website specifically dedicated to sharing information about the 2014 Ballot Measure and the related TEP. Please click here for a direct link to this website.
The final 2014 Alameda County Transportation Expenditure Plan can be viewed here.
Fact Sheets about the Transportation Expenditure Plan:
• General Transportation Expenditure Plan Fact Sheet
• City of Livermore
• Tri Valley
• AC Transit