Alameda County Measure B Funding
East Bay Paratransit is partially funded by an Alameda County voter approved half-cent transportation sales tax, called Measure B. Oversight and distribution of funds from this measure is provided by the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC). Each year, East Bay Paratransit receives 5.63% of revenues generated from this tax for operations.
East Bay Paratransit thanks the voters of Alameda County for Measure B’s contribution to providing this needed transportation to individuals with disabilities in Alameda County!
In addition to operational funding, East Bay Paratransit has applied for and has been granted special additional funding from Measure B for several projects:
- Purchase of Web-based Interactive Voice Response Scheduling System software (IVR), which allows automated calls to riders about vehicle arrival times. The system allows night before calls reminding riders of their trip and pick-up time the next day. On the day of service, the rider expecting a vehicle will get a telephone call indicating their vehicle’s arrival time e.g.; “your vehicle will arrive in 5 minutes". Project cost: $200,000.
- New Freedom Funds Grant Match to provide the local match part of a $144,000 grant awarded to AC Transit to develop a detailed inventory and create an updateable data base of all traditional and non-traditional transportation resources in Alameda and Western Contra Costa Counties. Project Cost: $36,000.
- Second phase of the MDT/AVL (Mobile Data Computers / Automatic Vehicle Locator) project to complete installation of small computers in all 200+ vehicles in the East Bay Paratransit fleet. This project funded 120 units. MDT/AVL systems provide improved communication between drivers and dispatchers. A visual display (monitor) is installed in each vehicle to provide a driver with real time text messages regarding pick ups, drop offs and cancellations. The AVL function helps the driver with maps, audible Project cost: $360,000. Completed November 2010. Directions of location, and path of travel to destinations.
- An illustrated booklet called “Learn BART. A Picture Guide to Riding BART”, which will be used in travel training programs and other efforts to train seniors and people with disabilities to use fixed route instead of paratransit. Completed June 2010. Project cost: $43,000.
- Phase I installation of Mobile Data Computers (MDC)/Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) systems in a portion of the fleet – 80 Units. Completed January 2010. Project cost: $500,000
- A new, specialized staff position was called the “Rider Care Specialist". This staff member dealt with difficult scheduling issues and educated social service agencies. This demonstration project lasted three years and then was transitioned to staff in the paratransit Brokers’ office. Completed June 2010. Project Cost: $126,768.