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January/February 2021
NEWS TO KEEP YOU MOVING

TAM Welcomes Three New Board of Commissioners Members

TAM welcomes three new Board of Commissioners members: Stephanie Moulton-Peters, Kate Colin, and Chance Cutrano.

Stephanie Moulton-Peters is the Marin County District 3 Supervisor, representing southern Marin County. Stephanie previously served on the Mill Valley City Council and on the TAM Board. More on Stephanie.

Kate Colin is the new mayor of San Rafael, elected in November and officially taking the post in December 2020. Kate holds the distinction of being the first female mayor in San Rafael. More on Kate.

Chance Cutrano was elected to the Fairfax Town Council and works for the Bay Area non-profit Resource Renewal Institute. More on Chance.

New Electric Vehicle and E-Bike Resources

TAM is pleased to release new technical resources to support adoption of plug-in and zero-emission vehicles, including E-bikes in Marin County. The transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Marin County, and TAM supports efforts to reduce pollution and congestion in the County. 

TAM has developed the following collection of plans and studies to advance zero emission vehicle adoption in Marin County:
•   An E-bike report identifying potential strategies to support E-bike adoption in Marin County.
•   A parking lot and charging station study identifying locations of potential Electric Vehicle Charging stations on public property.
•   An EV toolkit supporting public agencies in installing EV charging stations and in converting their fleet to cleaner technologies.

In 2021, TAM is looking forward to partnering with the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership to develop a Countywide EV Readiness Plan to further EV adoption in Marin County.

New Vehicle Miles Traveled Interactive Map Available

Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), a measurement of how much people drive, is an important metric to “more appropriately balance the needs of congestion management with statewide goals related to infill development, promotion of public health through active transportation, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions," as stated in the legislation. As a result of Senate Bill 743, lead agencies are now required to analyze VMT in environmental impact reports as part of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) land use and transportation analysis. To support local agencies in meeting these requirements, TAM has added an interactive map feature to the TAM website that provides existing (2015) and forecasted (2040) estimates of VMT per capita for both residential and office uses.

View the New Interactive Map!

Crossing Guard of the Year
Meredith Groves

In 2020, Meredith Groves was selected as Crossing Guard of the Year for her positive attitude and professional attention to the safety of students crossing the road to school. In her role, she was also a town greeter, providing smiles and waves to community members as they traveled by the school. John Carroll, Superintendent of the Bolinas-Stinson Unified School District, noted that the crossing guard is often the first person students encounter as their school day begins, and Ms. Groves always made children feel safe and welcome, in keeping with the mission of the school. Mr. Carroll and school board trustees commended her attention to safety and welcoming nature as a crossing guard.

PROJECT UPDATES

East Blithedale Rehabilitation Project Moves Towards Construction in 2021

The East Blithedale Avenue Rehabilitation Project in Mill Valley is moving towards an anticipated kick-off of project construction for Phase 1 (Highway 101 to Camino Alto) in Summer of 2021. This project is partially funding through TAM's Major Roads program. 

A recent presentation at the January 7 Mill Valley City Council meeting provides an overview of project goals and progress. For a more in-depth review of the project the City of Mill Valley maintains a project page. TAM will keep readers posted when construction of this important road rehabilitation project begins!

Marin 101-580 Stakeholder Working Group Outreach Continues

Outreach continues during the early planning phase for the Marin 101-580 Direct Connector Project, including recent meetings with the San Rafael City Council and community interest groups including the Canal Alliance, Multicultural Center of Marin, the Marin Conservation League, and the Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods. A Stakeholder Working Group meeting was held via Zoom on January 20. The meeting presentation is available to view here as are additional project documents and presentations on the TAM project page. Please let us know if you would like to have a presentation for your interest group and sign-up to receive project information.
TAM Partner News

Plan Bay Area 2050: Final Blueprint Analysis Released

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) have released the Plan Bay Area 2050 Final Blueprint Outcomes — a major milestone in the development of Plan Bay Area 2050, the Bay Area’s long-range plan to guide the growth of the nine-county region for the next generation.

The Plan Bay Area 2050 Final Blueprint, which is made up of the strategies, growth geographies, and regional growth forecast was approved by MTC in November 2020 and ABAG in December 2020.

Read More About Plan Bay Area 2050

Clipper START Program Updates from Marin Transit - Up To 50% Discounts

Clipper START is an 18-month pilot program initiated by MTC that uses the Clipper transit fare payment system to reduce the cost of transportation for low-income adults.  Eligible Clipper START transit riders will receive  50 percent discount on Marin Transit, Golden Gate Transit, SMART and San Francisco Bay Ferry. Petaluma Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus, and Sonoma County Transit also offer a 20 percent discount on transit fares. 

Visit the Marin Transit website for more information on the program and discount information.

Caltrans District 4 Draft Pedestrian Plan Available and Bike Highway Survey

The Caltrans District 4 Draft Pedestrian Plan is ready for public review and comment. As part of the public review period, Caltrans is conducting an additional map-based survey. This survey will be used to check and enhance the data that have already been collected and analyzed. Survey responses and comments on the plan elements should be emailed to d4pedplan@dot.ca.gov by Friday, February 5, 2021. See related links below:

Additionally, Caltrans has initiated the Bay Area Bike Highway Study and launched the Bike Highway Study website: https://d4bikehighwaystudy.org/.  The site features an online survey, which will be open for 6-8 weeks and will help define the bike highway best practices.  This study builds off of the recommendations included in the 2018 Caltrans District 4 Bike Plan and the 2017 California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, Toward an Active California.

MTC Adopts Safe and Seamless Mobility Quick-Strike Program: Funding Available

MTC has adopted guidelines for the Safe and Seamless Mobility Quick-Strike ("Quick-Strike") Program. The Quick Strike Program is a competitive grant program using federal funds to fund bicycle/pedestrian safety and mobility, connections to transit, and projects that advance equitable mobility. This one-time competitive program is intended to fund projects that can be implemented quickly to support communities responding to COVID-19. Agencies, including TAM will nominate projects for consideration by the March 30, 2021 deadline. TAM will be requesting interests from Marin public agencies in February. For detailed information, see the TAM staff report here.

MEETINGS & EVENTS

2/8: Executive Committee Meetings
2/11: Bike/Ped Advisory Group Meeting
2/25: Board of Commissioners Meeting


 
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