By Cristina Abellan-Matamoros
Eighteen months after Alameda County voters narrowly failed to pass a transportation sale tax measure, local officials are ready to try again.
Tuesday, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt an $8 billion transportation spending plan and place a measure on the November ballot to fund it. The measure would double an existing half-cent transportation sales tax to a full cent and extend it for a period of 30 years.
Tess Lengyel, deputy director of planning and policy at the Alameda County Transportation Commission, says the plan would fund senior and youth transit passes, a BART expansion to Livermore, street and highway repairs and improvements, and new bicycle and pedestrian paths throughout the county.
“People understand that this kind of transportation investment will spur economic growth,” Lengyel said.