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Learning about Measure BB
Funding for Transportation
Measure BB, that passed the 2/3 required voter approval on the November 4, 2014 ballot, will increase the local transportation sales tax from ½ cent to 1 cent, and will extend it for 30 years. The current ½ cent sales tax, which is the most important source of funding for maintaining and building Oakland’s streets, is scheduled to end 2020. Oakland will receive $1.4B in transportation funds over the next 30 years, the largest source of transportation funds in the City and are used for a wide variety of projects including:
- Repaving streets
- Repairing sidewalks & installing curb ramps
- Installing traffic and pedestrian signals and other safety improvements
- Maintaining the City’s streetlights, signage and other street infrastructure
- Installing bicycle lanes and parking
- Renovating pedestrian stairs and paths
- Installing transit and pedestrian friendly street designs (road “diets”, traffic calming, bulb-outs, etc.
- Providing required local matching funds for federal and state grants for transportation projects
Measure BB funds will also support several major transportation projects and programs in Oakland including:
- I-880 Broadway/Jackson Access improvements
- 42nd/High I-880 Access Improvements
- Planning for transit improvements on the Broadway Corridor
- Implementation of the Bay Trail and East Bay Greenway Trail
- Access (bike/ped/transit) improvements at BART stations and Eastmont Center
Oakland’s three-year average street Pavement Condition Index (PCI) is currently 60 (on a 100-point scale) and falling. Oakland's pavement condition is ranked 98th among 109 Bay Area jurisdictions, while the Bay Area average is 66. Oakland’s streets are currently on an 85-year paving cycle instead of the 25-30 year industry-preferred cycle. Oakland’s current backlog of street repairs is $443 million and growing.
A recent article from the Metropolitan Tranportation Commission (MTC) presents information about road conditions in the Bay Area. Read the article here.
Measure B & Vehicle Registration Funds
Alameda County Transportation Commission
- Oakland receives approximately $10 million every year to maintain our local streets and roads. These funds help Oakland repave streets, fill pot holes and repair sidewalks; install and maintain traffic signals, streets signs and street lights; and address neighborhood traffic safety issues and traffic safety near schools.
- Oakland receives another approximately $1 million each year specifically for bicycle and pedestrian safety projects. Projects include new pedestrian signals, and design and installation bicycle lanes, racks and other facilities.
- Oakland receives approximately $1 million in paratransit dollars to assist seniors and people with mobility impairments.
- Through the VRF program, Oakland receives approximately $1.5 million annually for local street and road repair, which is specifically targeted to paving projects.
Current Measure B Discretionary Grants
- Fruitvale Alive Gap Closure Streetscape Project This project is completing design work for streetscape improvements along Fruitvale Avenue between East 12th Street and the Estuary, to improve this important corridor for bicycling and walking. Design work has commenced and is scheduled to be finished in 2015.
Highlights & Updates
- Colby Street Bike Lanes Repaved
- Estuary Crossing Shuttle Connects Alameda to Oakland Downtown
- Lakeshore Avenue Complete Streets Project
- Improving Traffic Management in Oakland
- New bikeways on MacArthur Blvd and 27th Street
- Projects highlighted in the May 2012 ACTC Newsletter include:
- Senior Shuttle Service Continues
- Pedestrian Connections in Oakland updated and improved
- BART Oakland Airport Connector