The California Transportation Foundation (CTF) this week named MTC Chair Scott Haggerty as its Person of the Year, recognizing the longtime Alameda County Supervisor during its 31st annual Transportation Awards presentation. Haggerty's nomination for the award was jointly sponsored by MTC and the Alameda County Transportation Commission, for which Haggerty served as Chair from 2013 to 2016.
Current Alameda CTC Chair Pauline Cutter noted, “I am delighted to congratulate Scott Haggerty for being named Person of the Year. In his 24 years of service, Supervisor Haggerty has been one of our strongest and most successful transportation leaders in the Bay Area. On our Commission, he has been directly involved in achieving voter support for billions of dollars to fund rail, bus, road, highway and active transportation projects. For all of us who know him, we see the lasting effect of his work in almost every transportation system in Alameda County and the Bay Area. There could not be a more deserving person.”
Haggerty, who began his most recent term as MTC Chair in 2019, has served as Alameda County's representative on the Commission since 2000. He was first elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in 1996 and previously served as Chair of the Commission from 2009 to 2011. In addition to his longtime service at MTC and the Alameda CTC, Haggerty also is a member and former chair of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority. He represents Alameda County on the National Association of Counties, and also serves as a member of the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority and Tri-Valley Transportation Council.
During his tenure as Chair of the Alameda CTC, Haggerty led the delivery almost 10 years ahead of schedule of the 2000 Measure B Capital Program, which provided funding for the BART extension from Fremont to Warm Springs, the BART-Oakland Airport Connector and the State Route 84 Expressway project in the Tri Valley. Other highlights of Haggerty's term at the helm of the Alameda CTC include:
- Development of the 2014 Alameda County Transportation Expenditure Plan
- Efforts to pass Alameda County Measure BB, generating more than $8 billion over 30 years for critical projects to improve mobility and accessibility as well as the economy
- Delivery of a more than $800 million capital program funded with Proposition 1B bond revenues, which included:
- I-580 Carpool Lanes Project
- I-880 Southbound Carpool Lane Project
- I-880/23rd and 29th Streets Interchange Reconstruction Project
- I-80 Integrated Corridor Mobility Project
The CTF, as part of its selection process for awards formerly known as the Trannys, also noted Haggerty's leadership in extending the BART system for the first time to Santa Clara County; his role in the pioneering Northern California Goods Movement Collaborative, which brought together multiple partners to advance economic competitiveness, ensure efficient use of current and future systems, and protect the environment; his work to secure funding for Express Lanes on Interstates 580 and 680; his support for Safe Routes to Schools program and other innovations such as the Affordable Student Transit Pass; and the establishment of the Valley Link partnership with northern San Joaquin Valley communities to deliver a new interregional passenger rail connection linking the Central Valley with Livermore and the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station.