After more than three decades of public service and leadership, CEO/Executive Director Arthur Dao announced last week that he will retire at the end of the year from the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC), the governmental agency that spearheads regional transportation projects and oversees Measures B/BB sales tax funds.
"I have been at the helm all of these years, but I am well aware that none of this happens without my excellent and passionate staff," Dao said in a statement Aug. 30. "It has been my privilege to serve alongside such hardworking and dedicated people that are cognizant of the value of the good work that we do here at Alameda CTC."
During his 33 years in the transit sector, Dao was ACTC's first executive director and managed the merger of the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA) and the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (ACCMA) in 2010.
The reorganization forming the ACTC both streamlined and bolstered funding and delivery of capital projects and programs.
Dao's career has been largely characterized by "infrastructure delivery and investments to support mobility, efficiency, access, economic development and the environment throughout the Bay Area," ACTC officials said.
Dao oversaw the development of Measure BB in 2014, which will generate more than $8 billion in countywide transportation investments over a 30-year period, and delivered more than $800 million of state bond-funded traffic mitigation projects to major freeways.
Before joining ACTC, Dao was deputy director of ACTIA, where he helped deliver the $1.4 billion 2000 Measure B capital program almost a decade earlier than scheduled.
Prominent regional transportation projects that Dao has led over the last 18 years include the Warm Springs BART station, BART/Oakland Airport connector, the $178 million East Bay Bus Rapid Transit project and the Bay Area's first express lanes, as well as the Interstate 580 and I-680/Sunol express lanes.
He also organized the Safe Routes to Schools and the Affordable Student Transit Pass programs as part of the Alameda County school travel opportunities program, using a $3.7 million state transportation grant, and managed major arterial corridor improvements throughout Alameda County.
The ACTC Board of Directors is conducting a national search for Dao's replacement. The salary range for the executive director position is $253,371 to $329,383, according to the job posting on ACTC's website.