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Measure B Funding

Alameda County Sales Tax Measure B/BB

In 2000, Alameda County voters approved Measure B, the half-cent transportation sales tax. In 2014, Measure BB was passed by voters authorizing the collection of an additional half cent transportation sales tax. Measure B/BB funds have provided essential funding for WETA ferry services that serve Alameda County residents including the Alameda/Oakland, Harbor Bay and South San Francisco routes. This year, WETA used Measure B/BB funds for the acquisition of the M.V. Hydrus, the new 27-knot passenger vessel that entered Central Bay service last April. Measure BB contributed $2 million toward the $17 million M.V. Hydrus acquisition cost. The M.V. Hydrus is the first of seven new vessels that will enter service over the next three years.

The M.V. Hydrus project is a prime example of how Measure B/BB continues to help WETA improve and expand Alameda County water transit. The M.V. Hydrus provides much-needed additional carrying capacity to meet the rapidly growing demand for increased ferry services in Alameda County. In addition to its ability to carry 400 passengers and accommodate 50 bikes, the vessel sets the work standard for low emissions and minimized environmental impact for passenger vessels of this size and speed.

WETA is grateful to Alameda County voters for their continued support of these essential transportation improvements throughout Alameda County and for their commitment to robust, reliable and cost-effective ferry service. To learn more about Measure B and Measure BB and the Alameda County Transportation Commission, visit www.alamedactc.org.

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