December 2021
Marin 101-580 Direct Connector Project Area
Marin 101-580 Direct Connector Project

On Monday, December 13, the TAM Board agenda included an item regarding the Marin 101/580 Direct Connector Project. The Board received a presentation from the project team including the project goals and objectives, the timeline and process, community outreach and input, and an overview of project alternatives under consideration. The Marin 101-580 project is currently in an early planning phase and as we move towards environmental studies, there is a desire to reduce the number of alternatives. At the December 13 meeting, the Board approved moving forward with alternatives 2, 3a, 3b modified and 6, and removing from further consideration alternatives 1a, 1b, 3b, 4 and 5. Reducing the number of alternatives allows a more cost-effective and efficient process for more intensive analysis during the environmental process. The Board decision regarding alternatives is consistent with input provided by the project Stakeholder Working Group and the City of San Rafael. Please view the presentation for more details on the project and the alternatives. You may also view the meeting and the meeting materials on the project meeting page.

The project team is finalizing a Project Initiation Document as a required step prior to initiating the environmental studies. The project team is available for presentations on request and will be conducting on-going outreach with community organizations and residents.
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Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day

On November 14, Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. School students were greeted by the school principal, teachers, Marin County Supervisor Stephanie Moulton-Peters’ staff and parent volunteers to celebrate Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day. On the same day in 1960, at the age of six, Ruby Bridges became the first African American student to integrate into an elementary school in the South.

The event was coordinated by the Safe Routes to Schools program in partnership with the Sausalito-Marin City School District to show support for social justice, equity and inclusion. Students learned of Ruby’s story in preparation for the celebration.
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North-South Greenway Gap-Closure Project Construction Update

Construction crews have been busy installing reinforcement steel (rebar) and preparing formwork to create the bridge deck for the North-South Greenway Gap Closure Project. The project will span the Corte Madera Creek, creating a 12-foot wide path to replace the current 4-foot wide path. Construction is expected to be completed in Spring 2022. TAM will continue to provide updates about this important active transportation project.

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Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Construction Completed!

The Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Rehabilitation Project has been completed after approximately 18 months of construction. The $18 million project marks the most significant improvement effort in 25 years for Sir Francis Drake Boulevard between Highway 101 and the Town of Ross, one of Marin’s most heavily used roads.

In addition to repairing and paving the 2.2 mile stretch of roadway, the project consists of pedestrian/cyclist safety improvements, striping, intersection and signal improvements, traffic operation improvements and utility infrastructure improvements. The final elements along the corridor - the landscaping, and revised lighting - will be addressed as separate projects.
Of the $18 million project costs, TAM provided $14.5 million for the project from its Major Roads Project Fund. Those funds come from Measure A, the voter approved half-cent transportation sales tax that passed in 2004. County staff secured approximately $3.5 million from other sources including the County Service Area 17 (Kentfield-Greenbrae-Larkspur), the Marin County Street Light Fund, and various grants. 
Due to the drought declaration for Marin, the landscaping work has been postponed. The planned work had included roadway medians, neighborhood entries and some tree planting. To support the conservation goal set by Marin Water during the water shortage emergency, the landscaping will be addressed as a separate project once the drought has been declared over. See the County of Marin's Press Release.
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Marin-Sonoma Narrows Gets a New Section of Northbound Carpool Lane through Petaluma!
On December 2, Caltrans opened a new section of carpool lane on US 101 from Kastania Road to Corona Road as a part of the Marin-Sonoma Narrows project. The addition of this section creates a continuous 30-mile stretch of northbound high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane on a three-lane freeway from the Sonoma-Marin County line to downtown Windsor. Caltrans will continue work on widening US 101 southbound and expects to open the southbound carpool lane through Petaluma in late 2022.

The next phase of the Marin-Sonoma Narrows, in Marin County, will construct the final segment of HOV lanes from Novato to the Marin-Sonoma County line. Caltrans has requested bids for construction and expects to open bids in January 2022. Construction of this final segment is anticipated to begin in Spring 2022 with substantial completion at the end of 2024. When the final segment of HOV lanes is complete, there will be continuous HOV lanes from Sausalito to Windsor.
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Are you a Highway 37 Commuter?

We understand the significant challenges that commuters along this corridor face on a daily basis, from congestion delays to flooding. The four North Bay County Transportation Agencies, including TAM, have teamed up to offer interim solutions to improve your commute while working on bigger plans to improve the Highway 37 Corridor. If you're a commuter from Solano, Marin, Napa or Sonoma, we invite you to participate in a rideshare pilot that is launching in January 2022! This pilot is being designed to help you save money, improve your commute time, and reduce the stress of your commute overall and reward you for being a commute champion.

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Help Plan for the Future of State Route 37

The State Route 37 (SR 37) Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study team invites you to a virtual public meeting on January 25, 2022. At the meeting, staff will update stakeholders and the public on the PEL Study, the Purpose and Need statement, and gather input on the evaluation criteria and preliminary alternatives. 

It is critical that community members who rely on SR 37 have opportunities to provide input on the planning process. Mark your calendar for January 25 and join the meeting to share your ideas for the future of the SR 37 Corridor. Details will be posted on the project website. 

SR 37 Planning and Environmental Linkages Website

Golden Gate Transit Schedule Adjustments and New Route Numbers

Beginning on December 12, 2021, Golden Gate Transit made minor schedule adjustments and introduced new route numbers to help customers better distinguish between Golden Gate Transit and other Bay Area bus systems.

Schedule improvements for December are minimal and are designed to align schedules to meet current ridership demands. See new schedules here (effective December 12, 2021).

Golden Gate Transit has developed a new three-digit numbering system that more clearly defines routes than the previous two-digit numbering system. Other than Route 101, all current routes will get a new three-digit number.

Novato Blvd. Improvements Project Draft EIR Open for Public Comments

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Novato Boulevard Improvements Project is available for review and public comments through Friday, January 14, 2022. The project will improve the roadway and intersections to operate more efficiently and to enhance safety and usability for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. In 2018, the Novato City Council approved a new 3-lane layout for the Novato Boulevard Improvements Project between Diablo Avenue and Grant Avenue. The conceptual design includes sidewalks and bicycle lanes in both direction, utility undergrounding, new traffic signals at Diablo Ave., Seventh St., and Grant Ave. among other improvements.

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Moving San Francisco - Now Showing!

Earlier in December, PBS aired a documentary highlighting the intriguing nature of transportation in San Francisco. The published description of the film states, “From unique cable cars that conquered impossible hills to the current wave of ride-sharing companies and autonomous vehicles, San Francisco has been a constant laboratory for how to move people through an urban landscape. MOVING SAN FRANCISCO reveals eye-opening stories that connect the city’s transit past to the challenges facing every modern city today; hosted by author/historian Gary Kamiya.”
Moving San Francisco is a local public television program presented by KQED.

Happy Holidays! See you in 2022!
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