The Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) received a clean bill of health this month in an annual third-party audit that examined management of Measure B and Measure BB transportation sales tax funds during the fiscal year 2017-18.
Dollars generated by the two voter-approved sales tax measures over the past year "were spent in accordance with the intent of the two transportation sales tax measures," Tess Lengyel, deputy executive director of planning and policy for ACTC, said in a statement.
The report was released Monday by the Independent Watchdog Commission (IWC), which reviews and evaluates both funds each year to ensure they are used as intended for transportation improvements.
An update on projects and programs funded by Measure B, the half-cent sales tax passed by voters in 2000, and Measure BB, which increased the sales tax to one cent in 2014 and expires in 2045, is also in the report.
In total, ACTC received $154.5 million in Measure B revenue, according to the report, and expended $149.6 million on an array of investments and projects. The commission also received $153.5 million from Measure BB revenue and spent $122.9 million of that.
Among the Tri-Valley area transit projects funded this year by Measure B included $23.2 million expended for improvements on the Interstate 680 Sunol express lanes.
Among the other local transit and road projects that Measure BB funded last year was $4.9 million for the Highway 84 widening from south of Ruby Hill Drive to I-680, and improvements on the Highway 84/I-680 interchange.
Another $6.4 million in Measure BB revenue was also used for construction of the Iron Horse Transit Route, which involves multimodal upgrades in the city of Dublin from Dougherty Road to Scarlett Drive including adding new vehicle and bike lanes, plus new bus stops and bus pull-outs.
The breakdown of overall Measure B expenditures include:
* $48.5 million for public transit, including operations, paratransit grants and special transportation for seniors and people with disabilities.
* $32.0 million for highway and street capital projects.
* $39.6 million for local transportation upgrades, including improvements on local roads and streets, bicycle and pedestrian grants, and local transportation capital projects.
* $26.5 million was used for debt repayment.
* $2.3 million was used for general administrative purposes.
* $700,000 paid for direct program and project management and oversight.
ACTC expenditures for Measure BB overall included:
* $56.5 million for public transit operations, capital investments and special transportation for seniors and disabled individuals.
* $15.8 million for capital projects on local highways and roads.
* $44.5 million for transportation improvements on local streets and roads, plus bicycle and pedestrian projects.
* $1 million for community development grants.
* $3.2 million for general administration.
* $1.9 million for direct program and project management and oversight.
In 2014, Alameda CTC issued $137 million of Measure B bonds to help close a short-term funding gap while a number of major capital projects in the Measure B expenditure plan were wrapped up. The bonds added $26.5 million of costs associated with debt repayment this year and "will continue to incur this same amount each fiscal year until the last bond matures in March 2022," according to the agency.
The annual report, including the executive summary, audited financial statements and compliance reports of all agencies receiving Measure B and Measure BB funds, is available online at AlamedaCTC.org. Hard copies can be requested through email at [email protected], by postal service to the Alameda CTC offices at 1111 Broadway, Suite 800, Oakland CA 94607, or via phone at (510) 208-7450.