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July/August 2021
NEWS TO KEEP YOU MOVING

New Crosswalk Signals in San Rafael and Kentfield

Critical crosswalk safety improvements have been installed on Third Street in San Rafael and on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Kentfield. Rapid flashing signals now alert motorists that pedestrians are crossing these busy, four lane roadways. 

San Rafael City Schools in collaboration with the City of San Rafael received $400,000 from TAM’s Safe Pathways program to construct a controlled pedestrian crossing that connects the Montecito Plaza and San Rafael High School. TAM's Safe Pathways program is the infrastructure element of the Safe Routes to Schools program and helps fund engineering, environmental clearance and construction of pathway and sidewalk improvements, including safety improvements at street crossings.

A similar pedestrian crossing project was recently installed on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Ash Avenue to provide a safe pedestrian connection to Bacich Elementary School, Kent Middle School and College of Marin. These crosswalk improvements in Kentfield are part of the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Rehabilitation Project and were partially funded with Transportation Development Act funds from TAM.

Learn More About the New Crossing to San Rafael High School

Crossing Guards are Needed for the New School Year!

Join our team of crossing guards in Marin County and protect the safety of our children as they bike and walk to and from school. TAM is working with the Crossing Guard management firm, All City Management Services, to hire dedicated individuals to take part in this critical public safety role. We are seeking crossing guards throughout Marin with an emphasis on positions in Southern Marin (Sausalito, Tam Valley, Strawberry, Tiburon, Mill Valley, Larkspur, and Corte Madera). Must be 18 years or older. Seniors are welcome!

TAM’s crossing guard program was first implemented in 2006 with 54 crossing guards and has grown to 100 locally funded crossing guards. Funding is provided by Marin’s local ½-cent transportation sales tax and the local $10 vehicle registration fee.

View and Share the Recruitment Flyer with Hiring Details

Safe Routes BACK to Schools

As the Safe Routes to Schools team and families gear-up to begin the school year, parents and students are encouraged to continue their active habits, leave the car at home and bike, walk, skate or scoot to school whenever possible.

For families that live farther away, the “park and walk” option is a great way to allow students to “self-propel” to school and to reduce vehicle traffic near campus. Even a five-minute walk makes a difference! If parents need to drive to the school, please remember these safety tips:
  • Allow extra time for travel
  • Go slow and scan for children
  • Stay alert - eyes up and focused on the drive; mobile devices can take a back seat to safety
Mark your calendars for International Walk to School Day on October 6!
PROJECT UPDATES

State Route 37 Update to TAM BPAC

In July, TAM hosted Caltrans and MTC at the TAM Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting to provide an overview of State Route 37 and details about the interim congestion relief project from Sears Point to Mare Island. The future of this corridor demands finding solutions to chronic traffic congestion and periodic flooding. It will also require balancing transportation needs with protecting and enhancing sensitive marshland habitats. View the presentation and project overview video.

TAM Project Status Report Available 

TAM staff periodically provides updates on the status and progress of the many projects that are sponsored and/or funded by TAM. Get the latest updates on the following projects:

  • US-101 Marin-Sonoma Narrow - B7 and B8
  • North-South Greenway Gap Closure Project
  • Class IV Bikeway on the I-580 SFD Off-Ramp
  • Bellam Boulevard Off-Ramp from NB US-101
  • NB US-101 to EB I-580 Direct Connector
  • State Route 37
  • Highway 101 Interchanges Study
  • Marin County US-101 Part Time Transit Lane Study
  • Alternative Fuels Program
View the July 2021 Project Status Report

TAM Hosts Clean Fleet Webinar

On July 27, TAM hosted a webinar to highlight programs and incentives to advance electrification and clean fleet technology for public agencies. The webinar was attended by a variety of staff from 15 public agencies and provided details about financial incentives and rebates from TAM, PG&E, MCE, Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Calstart Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program. 
A video of the webinar will be available on the TAM website with detailed information about programs that support the next generation of fleet vehicles and charging infrastructure. View the presentations from the workshop. 

TAM Partner News

$17 million from Senate Bill 1 Estimated for Local Streets and Roads in Marin

Marin County jurisdictions area expected to receive approximately $17 million from California Senate Bill 1 (SB1) also known as the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. SB1 provides annual funding for the Local Streets and Roads Program to address deferred maintenance on the local streets and roads system through basic road maintenance and rehabilitation projects. Funds for SB1 programs are generated from a combination of gas and diesel taxes and vehicle license fees. View the table of estimated funds for each city, town, and the County of Marin.

Harbor Bridge Replacement Project Lane Reconfiguration in Central San Rafael

Caltrans District 4 continues work on the Harbor Bridge Replacement project at the northbound US-101 exit to Central San Rafael. In June, crews installed a temporary bridge and reconfigured the off-ramp to two-lanes. This two-lane configuration is expected to remain in place until mid-August 2021. Motorists are advised to expect delays during the temporary configuration. Project information can be found at the project website.

Gate 6 Road/ Bridgeway Intersection 

The Gate 6 bicycle and pedestrian safety project at the southern end of the Sausalito-Mill Valley bike path is nearing completion. Soon there will be a reconfigured intersection with a video detection system to improve the flow of bicyclists, pedestrians and vehicles.  Occasional night work is currently scheduled for the last weekend of July and in early/mid August for the contractor to grind and pave the intersection, followed by the installation of crosswalks, lane lines, and other pavement markings. Sausalito is planning to activate the new bike crossing and video detection systems in coordination with Caltrans, and the project is expected to be complete in mid-September.

Marin Transit Status Update

As part of TAM’s annual allocation to Marin Transit, Nancy Whelan, General Manager, provided a status update at the July 22 TAM Board meeting. The presentation highlighted achievements during FY 20/21, COVID-19 impacts and response, FY 21/22 budget, as well as upcoming opportunities and challenges. The TAM Board approved allocations from Measure A and Measure B. 

View the Marin Transit Annual Update Presentation

Pedestrian Plan for the Bay Area

Caltrans has released the final Pedestrian Plan for the Bay Area, which further develops statewide policies, strategies and actions to advance active transportation and transit safety, mobility, preservation, and equity. 
The pedestrian plan complements a District 4 Bicycle Plan released earlier this year. Both documents promote alternatives to driving as a means of reducing congestion, combating greenhouse gases, and encouraging a healthier lifestyle. The plan was developed in collaboration with partner agencies throughout the Bay Area along with advocates and members of the public.   

Those interested in pedestrian issues can also access the Pedestrian Story Map, which allows viewers to look at conditions on state highways throughout the Bay Area.  

Pedestrian Plan for the Bay Area

MTC to Host a Webinar on Draft Plan Bay Area 2050 and Implementation Plan

MTC invites you to a special webinar that will review what they learned after listening to Bay Area residents during the Draft Plan Bay Area 2050 public comment period from May 26, 2021 to July 20, 2021. MTC will provide an overview of the plan’s engagement process, from the Horizon initiative, to the Draft and Final Blueprints, to the Draft Plan Bay Area 2050 and the Implementation Plan. MTC staff will also provide an extensive review of the input received during the public comment period, before discussing next steps for the Final Plan Bay Area 2050, focusing specifically on the Final Implementation Plan.
Tuesday, August 17 at 9:30 a.m. - More Details

MEETINGS & EVENTS

TAM Executive Committee meetings and the Board of Commissioners meeting are cancelled in August. Meetings will resume in September. 
 
Enjoy the Summer!
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