Measure B sales tax

A plan that would improve commute access to Alameda from Oakland is the top priority on a list of road, bicycle, pedestrian and transit improvements the City Council is set to consider at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

The prioritized list of 43 projects is being submitted by city staff in the wake of concerns raised by Councilwoman Lena Tam that an earlier of projects to be funded with proposed Measure B sales tax funding had not been properly vetted by the public. The new list is expected to be used to determine which projects to put forward for other funding opportunities.

Alameda County transportation leaders are set to ask voters for more money for roads, trails and transit in November. The Alameda County Transportation Commission wants to double the county’s existing half-cent sales tax for transportation projects and make it permanent.

The tax would raise an estimated $7.8 billion over the next 30 years, money that would pay for projects that include a BART extension to Livermore, completion of the Bay Trail and restoration of bus service cuts. AC Transit would get nearly $1.5 billion under the plan; ferries would get $39 million.