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October/November 2020
NEWS TO KEEP YOU MOVING

Congratulations to San Rafael City Schools and College of Marin on recent Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Thanks to the recent efforts by the San Rafael City Schools and the College of Marin, there are 149 new electric vehicle charging heads that have been activated in Marin. At the October TAM Board of Commissioners meeting, TAM approved $245,000 in funding as part of a rebate program to encourage public agencies to install charging stations and convert fleets to electric vehicles. Funding was also generously provided by MCE, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and PG&E. San Rafael City Schools installed 117 charging heads and College of Marin installed 32. With these latest charging stations, TAM has supported installation of 311 charging stations - exceeding the goal of 305 stations set in the 2018 Site Plan Update.

TAM staff provided a comprehensive update on the Alternative Fuels Program at the October 22 Board of Commissioners meeting. For more information on TAM's Alternative Fuels Program, please visit our webpage.

Part-Time Transit Lanes Feasibility Study Underway

TAM has kicked off the public outreach for the Part-Time Transit Lane study. The study will analyze the feasibility and potential benefits of allowing buses to bypass heavy traffic on US 101 by using the existing shoulder between Atherton Avenue/San Marin Drive in Novato and Mission Avenue in San Rafael. The outreach effort includes a project webpage on the TAM website (www.tam.ca.gov/pttl), a public survey, and posters and postcards to be distributed on Golden Gate Transit and Marin Transit buses. Buses would travel on the shoulder when freeway travel speeds drop below 35 miles per hour. When buses can bypass congestion, transit (and sometimes private vehicle) commute times shorten, making the bus a more reliable choice for some commuters.

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PROJECT UPDATES

Third Street Corridor Project Presented to San Rafael City Council on Nov. 2

The Third Street Corridor Project design work is advancing with ongoing community engagement. The City of San Rafael and their consultant team will be presenting an Informational Report to City Council on Monday November 2nd. If you would like to listen and participate, the City Council meeting starts at 7pm and the link to the virtual meeting can be found on the city’s website https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/departments/city-council/
The team has received valuable feedback from the community and continues to incorporate input in the design concepts. Updated information is posted on the project website, including the revised Second Street Bicycle Path concept that shows details of this critical section of the east-west bicycle/pedestrian connection. For project information visit https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/third-st-rehab/

Sir Francis Drake Rehabilitation Project

The Sir Francis Drake Rehabilitation project team has begun circulating a quarterly newsletter to share updates and progress on construction along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. The inaugural newsletter includes a link to a project kick-off video by Supervisor Katie Rice providing an overview of the project and why it is important to our community. The newsletter also provides specific information on current and upcoming activities.

Read the October Newsletter

North-South Greenway Project Update: Construction Funding Shortfall Solved

The Northern Segment of the North-South Greenway Gap Closure Project in Larkspur has advanced one step closer to construction. The California Transportation Commission and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission took actions in October to close the funding shortfall and enable the project to proceed into construction for Phase One of the project. The first phase includes construction of a 12-foot wide multi-use path over the Corte Madera Creek, replacing the existing 4-foot pathway.  This project creates an important regional connection to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and the Larkspur SMART Station, as well as to the bicycle/pedestrian network into San Rafael, Corte Madera and beyond. TAM will continue to provide updates on this important project as it moves into construction next year.

Traffic Monitoring and Data Collection

Data gathering is underway for TAM’s Traffic Monitoring Report that is released every two years as part of the Congestion Management Program. Over the past month, vehicular counts have been taking place at 35 locations. Bicycle and pedestrian counts are underway at 28 locations. The data will be reviewed and compiled for inclusion in the Traffic Monitoring Report, expected to be released in early 2021. Due to a high level of interest in the travel data and potential impacts during COVID-19, TAM plans to share traffic count data with local municipalities as it becomes available.

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Ride Marin Transit for Free to the Polls

Marin Transit local routes, supplemental routes, and the West Marin Stagecoach will be fare free with a touchless boarding process beginning on Saturday October 31 through Election Day on Tuesday, November 3. 
 
In keeping with Marin Transit’s commitment to provide safe transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic, enhanced cleaning protocols, physical distancing onboard vehicles, and mask requirements will continue to be implemented during the free fare campaign.

New Tools Assist with Re-Opening of Marin Schools

As Marin County families, educators and participants in school-related TAM programs, including Safe Routes To Schools and Crossing Guards, prepare for more in-classroom learning under public health guidelines, there are new resources to help find answers about schools reopening under COVID-19 conditions. The Marin County Public Health Department has worked closely with the Marin County Office of Education and private schools to create an online handbook and school status dashboard on a new schools webpage within Marin Health and Human Service’s Coronavirus website.

Additionally, owing to improving COVID-19 data, Marin County graduated from “red” to “orange” status on October 27 within the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, allowing some businesses to reopen for the first time, while others can expand their operating capacity.

TAM Websites Now Can Translate For You!

We've added the ability to automatically translate all text on both the www.tam.ca.gov and www.marincommutes.org websites into a wide variety of languages. Chances are, if you speak it, the site can translate it. You'll find the translation widget at the top of both websites. TAM is pleased to further expand our outreach. Check it out!

MEETINGS & EVENTS

11/9: Executive Committee Meetings
11/16: Citizens' Oversight Committee
11/19: Board of Commissioners Meeting
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