A staff of engineers and technicians provide for the safe and efficient movement of goods and people throughout the City by performing traffic operations, transportation planning and design functions. Examples of these functions include responding to requests for traffic signs and markings, monitoring traffic signals and street lighting, analyzing impacts and reviewing plans for various development projects, and implementing safe bicycle, pedestrian and equestrian facilities as well as roadway and intersection improvement projects.
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 and the new TEP will nearly double 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.
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 Report
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.
The City recently received national recognition for its Complete Streets Policy which helps implement the City’s vision to make streets safer and more convenient for everyone who uses them. Smart Growth America is a national organization that has been reviewing and ranking Complete Street policies annually since 2006. In 2013 more than 80 communities adopted Complete Street policies. Livermore’s policy was ranked 11th and was one of only three California cities ranked in the top 15. Smart Growth America’s report of the Best Complete Streets Policies of 2013 features a cover photo of First street in Downtown Livermore and can be read here: http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/complete-streets-2013-analysis.
The national recognition is based on the City of Livermore’s Complete Streets Policy which the City Council unanimously passed on January 28, 2013. Through this policy, the City of Livermore is committed to creating and maintaining Complete Streets that provide safe, comfortable, and convenient travel through a comprehensive, integrated transportation network that serves all categories of users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, persons with disabilities, motorists, movers of commercial goods, users and operators of public transportation, emergency responders, seniors, children, youth, and families. This policy was developed to provide guidance for residents, decision makers, staff, and various partners to ensure that multimodal elements are incorporated into all transportation improvement projects. Potential improvements that will be considered with these goals include travel lanes that accommodate commercial and transit vehicles, sidewalks, shared use paths, bicycle lanes, bicycle routes, paved shoulders, traffic signals, trails, street trees and landscaping, planting strips, accessible curb ramps, crosswalks, refuge islands, pedestrian signals, signs, street furniture, bicycle parking facilities and lockers, public transportation stops and facilities, transit priority signalization, and other features assisting in the provision of safe travel for all users.
For background on the City’s Complete Streets policy click here.
On high pollution days, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issues Spare the Air notices to the public, asking them to voluntarily refrain from polluting activities. Listen for these notices on the radio or TV, or check out this website.