In addition to Measure C in June, and a State of California Sales Tax Increase in November, voters in Alameda and environs will also have a chance to vote in November on a transportation tax increase sponsored by the Alameda County Transportation Commission.
The measure would double the Alameda County “Measure B” half-cent sales tax for transportation to one full cent, and extend the new, higher tax rate, through 2022 into perpetuity.
The commission says that the tax will raise $7.7 billion in transportation funding in the first thirty years, and that voters will have a chance to review the expenditure plan for the money at least once prior to 2043, and every 20 years after that.
The plan includes $9 million for an Alameda to Fruitvale BART rapid bus service, $1.5 billion for allocation to cities for local street improvements, and roughly $100 million for improvements to Interstate 880 interchange improvements in the vicinity of Alameda.
Overall, public transit and specialized transit has been allocated 48 percent of the funds, local streets and roads 30 percent, 9 percent to highway efficiency, freight and economic development, and 8 percent to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.