Sample letter to Alameda County Transportation Commission
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Manager of Planning
Alameda County Transportation Commission
1333 Broadway, Suite 220
Oakland, CA 94612
Dear Ms. Walukas, RE: Remove Niles Canyon Rd Project from the Countywide
Transportation Plan (CWTP) â€“ Transportation
Expenditure Plan (TEP) â€“ List of Possible Projects
I am writing to your office concerning the ongoing CWTP-TEP process that has been posted on the Alameda County Transportation Commissionâ€™s (ACTC) webpage. It is my understanding that the CWTP-TEP process has as goals developing a list of projects to be included in a reauthorization of Measure B â€“ Alameda Countyâ€™s Transportation Expenditure Plan and/or recommending the project be adopted by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for the Bay region.
In particular during a March 24, 2011 meeting of the ACTC Board the Agenda Package contained a March 15, 2011 memorandum from the ACTC Planning, Policy and Legislation Committee had an attachment (A1) which listed projects and programs which had been identified through the CWTP-TEP process. Under Projects identified as No. 82 and 101was a project titled Niles Canyon Rd (safety improvements) & SR-84/Niles (congestion relief/safety) respectively.
As a resident and voter in Alameda County I have been following the California Department of Transportationâ€™s (Caltrans) Project titled State Route 84 Niles Canyon Safety Improvements, a project I do not support. In my opinion the project will actually make the canyon more dangerous for drivers and cyclists, waste $76 million in public funds, degrade important trout habitat in Alameda Creek, jeopardize a decade of restoration efforts, blight a designated scenic highway and ruin the natural beauty of Niles Canyon. I support the Save Niles Canyon effort.
Since the projects listed in your CWTP-TEP planning documents appear to have the same name and purpose as that of Caltrans I am requesting that you remove the project from your list of possible candidates. If the Niles Canyon Rd Safety Improvement project were to be part of any Measure B reauthorization or other ACTC supported initiative you can be confident I will not be supporting it as a voter and I will advising my neighbors, friends and colleagues to do likewise.