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May/June 2020
The Transportation Authority of Marin staff and partners wish you health and safety as we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reopen the economy.
NEWS TO KEEP YOU MOVING

Images of Sheltering-in-Place throughout Marin 

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Marin Recovers and Industry Advisors

As shelter-in-place restrictions are relaxed, Marin residents and businesses slowly emerge based on new guidelines detailed on the website MarinRecovers.org. TAM has been participating in the Marin Recovers Transportation Task Force as part of the Marin Industry Advisors initiative. The Industry Advisors are developing sector specific guidelines to facilitate a safe reopening of the economy and support businesses, community groups, employees and residents with the reopening process. Up-to-date information regarding the evolving guidelines can be found on MarinRecovers.org.
Visit Marin Recovers Website for Up-to-Date Info on Reopening
PROJECT UPDATES
North-South Greenway - One Step Closer to Construction!

The North-South Greenway project is “Ready-to-List” (RTL), achieving a key milestone in the march toward construction of the 12-foot-wide bicycle/pedestrian connection over Corte Madera Creek in Larkspur. The project team will be seeking construction bids in June and results are expected to be announced in late July. Stay tuned for more updates. 

More information on the North-South Greenway Gap Closure
Marin 101 - 580 Project to Convene Stakeholder Working Group

TAM has started the planning and environmental phase of a project to construct a direct highway connection from northbound US-101 to eastbound I-580 in Marin County. A Stakeholder Working Group has been created to provide community input to the project team. The SWG provides a forum for the project team to understand community concerns and issues early in the project development process and creates an ongoing communication channel.  The committee is comprised of volunteers representing a variety of interests in Marin County.
The first two Stakeholder Working Group meetings will be hosted as remote meetings and are scheduled on Monday, June 29 at 3pm and Tuesday, July 21 at 2pm. Zoom meeting details will be posted on the TAM website and you can sign-up to receive project update emails below.
Sign-up to Receive Marin 101-580 Project Information

TAM's Safe Routes to Schools Program Responds and Adapts to COVID-19 


TAM's Safe Routes to Schools program helped to close out the school year for students who were sheltering in place by responding with new online Remote Learning materials and resources designed to keep them safe and active. SR2S staff is busy even now preparing for the next school year with new online materials and reformulating on-site classes to reflect social distancing protocols.
SR2S staff continues to hold virtual Task Force meetings, virtual Walk Audits, and preparing Suggested Walking and Biking Routes maps. SR2S staff is working in partnership with the Marin County Office of Education to coordinate on transportation options and social distancing needs. When schools re-open, the Safe Routes to Schools team will be ready with curriculum and activities designed to keep kids healthy and active even if social distancing measures are still in place. We’re in touch with school leaders and county health officials to ensure that we are all well prepared for the new school year. Visit our new webpage that has been created to provide the most up-to-date information on program status.

Congratulations to the County of Marin: 22 New EV Charging Heads Installed


Congratulations to the County of Marin for the recent installation of another 22 electric vehicle charging ports at their Los Gamos campus. TAM’s EV Charging Station Rebate program helped fund the project by providing nearly $60,000 in matching grants. Marin County and its various department teams have been leaders within the county in adopting and promoting EV transportation.

TAM Proposed FY2020-2021 Budget Released for Public Comment 


It is a unique time in which to be presenting TAM’s FY2020-2021 Annual Budget. We are all confronted with the fallout from the COVID-19 public health crisis and resulting economic impacts. The abrupt disruption from COVID-19 is expected to cause significant revenue loss, and the potential long-term revenue uncertainty has made the upcoming budget cycle extremely challenging for all of us.
TAM is committed to minimizing the funding impacts to our partner agencies and to our local transportation projects and programs. In an effort to offset reduced revenue, TAM proposes to make $1.75 million in reserve funding available to funding recipients and temporarily suspend the 5% reserve collection from the ½-Cent Transportation Sales Tax in FY2020-2021. We will continue to work together with our partner agencies and funding agencies to keep our transportation projects and programs moving forward. Please submit comments on the proposed budget to info@tam.ca.gov.
Review the TAM FY2020-21 Proposed Annual Budget & Staff Report

Protected Bike Path being Built on the Ramp from WB-580 to Andersen Drive


Construction is underway to build a two-way “cycle track” on the flyover off-ramp from westbound I-580 to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. The project will improve bicycle access between Andersen Drive, Francisco Boulevard East and the new bicycle and pedestrian path on the upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. This project is being implemented in partnership with Caltrans, MTC, BATA, and City of San Rafael and is expected to be complete in late summer 2020. 
TAM Partner News

Sir Francis Drake Rehabilitation Construction Starting Soon!


The Marin County Department of Public Works is accelerating plans to rehabilitate 2.2 miles of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard between Highway 101 and Ross. Construction on the project is expected to begin in mid-June, beginning near Bacich Elementary School at Wolfe Grade and continuing to Rosebank Avenue. On that particular stretch of Sir Francis Drake Blvd traffic is 45% less than when school is in session. 
Learn more and register for a kick-off meeting, Wed. June 3 at 5pm

Francisco Boulevard East Sidewalk Improvements Starting Soon!

The City of San Rafael is gearing up for construction to start this summer for bicycle/pedestrian improvements on East Francisco Boulevard. The project is one of the City of San Rafael’s highest priorities, as it provides greatly needed bicycle and pedestrian connectivity along the heavily traveled East Francisco Boulevard corridor. An 8-foot wide sidewalk/bike path will be built from Vivian Street, near Bellam Boulevard, to the recently opened Grand Avenue Bridge that spans the San Rafael canal to Second Street.

Visit the Francisco Blvd. East Sidewalk Improvements Project Website

$300,000 for Marin City Pedestrian Crossing Improvement Project 

Marin County is slated to receive $300,000 for the Marin City Pedestrian Crossing Improvement Project to install 20 new curb ramps at six highly traversed intersections. The project improves pedestrian safety and accessibility to support the Golden Gate Village on Cole Drive in Marin City. The grant funding has been made available through MTC's Sub-Housing Incentive Pool (Sub-HIP) program that provides funding for transportation infrastructure projects to support affordable housing.  Read the staff report here for more program information and details.

San Rafael Seeks Public Input on Priority Development Areas

As part of the on-going work for San Rafael’s General Plan 2040, City staff has received requests for deeper planning efforts in the Canal neighborhood and around the Northgate Mall area. Planning efforts such as these require grant funding. MTC/ABAG has started developing Plan Bay Area 2050 and has asked jurisdictions for letters of interest for new Priority Development Areas (PDA). A designation would bring funding opportunities for community-driven planning efforts.

On May 18, 2020 the City Council received an informational report about an upcoming opportunity to designate priority development areas and now, the City Council wants to hear from you.  Visit the City of San Rafael PDA webpage to learn more, sign-up to attend a virtual meeting and submit comments.
Learn more, register for virtual meetings and submit comments
THANK YOU to essential workers for ongoing dedication to the well-being of our community and to Marin residents for continuing social distancing precautions as we work to reopen our economy and community activities. 
MEETINGS & EVENTS

6/08/20: Executive Committee Meeting
6/15/20: Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting
6/25/20: Board of Commissioners Meeting
6/29/20: Marin 101-580 Stakeholder Working Group
Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
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