December 2018

Measure AA Passes With 76.7% Marin County Voter Approval!

Marin County voters resoundingly approved the ½ cent transportation sales tax extension by voting "yes" on Measure AA. This critical local funding source, projected to generate $27 million each year, is now secured 30-years into the future.

Starting in April 2019, Measure AA will:

  • Provide a reliable 30-year funding stream for Marin County road projects
  • Continue to attract millions of dollars in federal, state, and regional funding because Marin County is a “self-help” county
  • Save the countywide Crossing Guard program and INCREASE the number of guards from 58 to 97 on critical school-area intersections
  • Protect and expand the award-winning Safe Routes to Schools Program
  • Increase funding for transit programs for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Provide dedicated funds for school bus services (which significantly reduces school-time congestion)
  • Help to complete significant projects such as the Marin-Sonoma Narrows and building a direct connector between Northbound 101 and Eastbound 580
  • Provide continuous funding commitments for local transit
  • Expand a commitment to fund clean air vehicle infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles
  • Create new seed funding to support projects that address sea-level rise and support mobility improvements through innovative technology
Thank you!

Crossing Guard Program Grows with New Funding from Measure AA 

When school is back in session in January, the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) will add 15 new Crossing Guards to key intersections near schools. The increase in crossing guards was made possible due to the approval of Measure AA in November. Measure AA significantly increased funding for guards and enabled the expansion of the program to 97 crossing guards throughout Marin. Without the new funding, the program would have been reduced to only 58 crossing guards.

Voters Defeat Proposition 6; Critical Funding for California Roads Saved

On November 6, California voters defeated Proposition 6, an effort to repeal Senate Bill 1 (SB1), a transportation funding package passed by 2/3 of the state legislature in April 2017. SB1 will continue generating $5.4 billion annually for California roads, bridges, highways, transit and active transportation programs. SB1 represents the largest state commitment to transportation solutions in nearly 30 years.

Here in Marin, each city and town as well as the County of Marin stood to lose nearly 50% of state funding allocated for local road repair, totaling a loss of $8 million/year. The $5.4 billion annual transportation investment is generated by a combination of gas and diesel taxes and vehicle license fees.


Give Your Thoughts about Life in Marin

The County of Marin has launched a  2018 Resident Survey to receive input from residents about a wide-range of issues. Please take the survey to give your thoughts about the general quality of life, local policies, demographics, local government services, and whether resident’s needs are being met.

SMART Construction Underway at San Rafael Transit Center 

Construction has started at the San Rafael Transit Center to prepare for the SMART rail extension to Larkspur. Transit users can now see construction fencing and staging areas within the Transit Center. Work will progress over the coming weeks and include the construction of a new temporary boarding platform near Platform C at Second Street, and the closing of crosswalks that will require transit users to use Second and Third streets to connect with other platforms. This work will occur weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. For your safety, please stay out of construction zones and always use marked detours when passing through the Transit Center. 


Marin-Sonoma Narrows – Northbound Traffic Shift 

As part of the continued progress of US-101 Marin-Sonoma Narrows Project, Caltrans will shift northbound US-101 traffic to a new traffic alignment just south of Kastania/Petaluma Road exit beginning overnight Friday, December 14 at 10:00 PM and open to commuters Saturday, December 15 by 6:00 AM.

  • The speed limit in this construction area has been reduced.
  • Additional safety signage has been installed, as well as message boards (CMS) to warn motorists of the lane shift.
  • Traffic switch is weather dependent.

GetSMART Lyft Pilot Program One-Year Update and Report

Over the past year, TAM has launched and operated an innovative first/last mile program - the “GetSMART” Lyft Pilot program, to provide $5 off shared ride Lyft Line rides to and from SMART Stations in Marin. This pilot program was timed with the launch of SMART service to support riders to get to and from their destinations in Marin County.

During this time, the GetSMART program continues to grow in use. As reported in Attachment A, TAM has provided 6,372 rides on the GetSMART program over 956 hours of service. With a total cost of approximately $55,000 to date, this program has provided close to 22,000 miles of service connecting riders to and from SMART stations in Marin County. As the program continues, ridership is growing from over 1,100 rides per month to over 1,300 rides per month in September of 2018.

The program is intended to provide service for riders beyond the existing walking, biking, or transit options that exist in the county. TAM staff has prepared a report on the pilot program that can be read here.

The TAM Traveler Turns One!

We celebrate one year of the TAM Traveler with this issue! Please take a moment and tell us a little bit about how we're doing. What do you like? What else would you like to see? What could we be doing better? Leave us a comment here! We would love to hear from you.

12/10/18 - Executive Committee Meetings CANCELLED

12/20/18 - Board of Commissioners Meeting CANCELLED

1/8/10 - Executive Committee Meetings

1/17/19 - Technical Advisory Committee Meeting

1/22/19 - Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting

1/24/19 - Board of Commissioners Meeting
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