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June/July 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

Addressing Equity in TAM Activities

The recent social movements and peaceful protests in Marin County, in the region, and across our country are the result of a long history of inequality experienced by people in our communities and many of our most vulnerable populations. TAM as a public agency serves all members of our community and has long supported programs and activities that address inequalities in transportation access. From TAM’s commitment to an open community-driven planning process in our community-based transportation plans, to dedicating funding for local transit service, safe routes to schools and senior and disabled programs, TAM has a history of support for vulnerable populations in Marin County. However, we can do more. TAM staff are currently assessing existing programs and plans to develop a framework for the TAM Board to consider additional ways to support equity within our programs and policies.

TAM, Marin Transit and Uber launched a new program, Connect2Transit, the next phase of TAM’s first/last mile program and the expansion of Marin Transit Connect, Marin Transit's fully accessible, on-demand service.  Beginning July 1, 2020, people in Marin County will have access to a range of new on-demand services. Uber users will now see shared-ride transit options and will have access to vouchers for up-to $5 off shared-ride trips to and from Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) stations in Marin County, major bus stops, and the Larkspur Ferry Terminal.
View the website with details including the service area and download the voucher to receive discounts when you connect to transit. 

Quick-Builds - Measure AA to Fund Small Projects to Support Economic Recovery Efforts

TAM is providing grants of up to $20,000 to support "Quick Build Projects" in Marin County. These projects are designed to support services, businesses and institutions in Marin County in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding for these local agency projects is available through the Measure AA 1/2-cent Transportation Sales Tax. Projects will support active transportation modes, business recovery efforts, and help to advance equity in Marin's communities. TAM will announce the awarded projects in next month's Traveler.

Cities Support Local Businesses During Social Distancing

Many cities and towns are developing creative ways to support their businesses with social distancing. Dining and recreation are both activities that can take place with space and converted streets. Here are some local examples of municipalities making changes to help keep businesses open while adhering to social distancing guidelines:
  • San Anselmo - Creekside Commons opened in June; people can dine and recreate in the park including during "On the Avenue" weekends.
  • San Rafael - "Dining Under the Lights", every Thursday 5pm-9pm on Fourth Street
  • Sausalito - A block of Caledonia Street is being reimagined for outdoor dining
  • Novato - Grant Avenue between Reichert and Machin is closed to vehicle traffic from 1pm Fridays to 7am Mondays
PROJECT UPDATES

SR2S Summer Activities - Keep Kids Active and Moving!

The kids may be out of school, but the Safe Routes to Schools team has been busy putting contests and activities in place to help keep students active and moving! Check out two contests designed to encourage students to practice their biking skills this summer. In addition, students can enter a raffle to win ice cream gift cards. Students will have fun and learn:
  • Proper bike and helmet fit
  • Scavenger Hunt on a bike
  • Practice your bike route to school
Show me the contests! (And Win Ice Cream!)

101-580 Direct Connector Stakeholder Working Group Meeting on July 21

The Marin 101-580 Direct Connector project hosted the first Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) Meeting on June 29, 2020 and will host the second SWG meeting on July 21 at 2:00 pm as a Zoom meeting webinar. The SWG is comprised of 20 individuals who represent a variety of community interests. Meetings are open to the public (via Zoom). Project details and presentations can be found here.
Sign-up to Receive Project Information

Marin-Sonoma Narrows New HOV Lanes - Finalist for Freeway Project of the Year

The Marin-Sonoma Narrows projects that opened over four miles of new HOV lanes from San Antonio Creek to the Petaluma River Bridge have been selected as finalists for Freeway/Expressway Project of the Year by the California Transportation Foundation. See a video of the project area.
Winners will be announced on July 6
TAM Partner News

Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Construction Underway

On June 15, construction began on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard near Wolfe Grade as part of a 2.2 mile, comprehensive road rehabilitation project between Highway 101 and the Town of Ross' southern town limit. Construction will continue through the year and into 2021. Full project details and updates can be found here on the Upgrade the Drake website. The project is sponsored by the County of Marin.

County of Marin Installs High Visibility Flashing Beacons at Three Crosswalks

The Marin County Department of Public Works has completed installation of rectangular rapid flashing beacons at crosswalks in Terra Linda, Tam Junction and near San Rafael High School. The technology is designed to improve safety by alerting oncoming drivers that pedestrians are in the crosswalk. The safety projects were funded by two grants totaling $100,000 from TAM's Safe Pathways Program.
Read the Press Release for Details

State Route 37 Construction Begins - Will Continue Through October

Construction began in June and will continue through October on SR 37 to update the traffic monitoring and analysis systems. Caltrans calls this project "Weight in Motion", and the project will include traffic lane shifts and the use of the shoulder to maintain two lanes of traffic during construction. Construction will take place Monday-Friday from 7am-7pm. Caltrans work crews will be removing existing weight scales, beams, and padding, and installing traffic signs and adding new road striping.

Visit Marin Recovers for Recovery Phase and Reopening Information

MEETINGS & EVENTS

7/13/20: Executive Committee Meeting
7/21/20: 101/580 Direct Connector SWG
7/23/20: Board of Commissioners Meeting
Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
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