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July/August 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

TAM Awards 11 Quick Build Grants to Support Active Transportation and Local Economic Recovery

On July 23, the TAM Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve 11 "Quick Build" projects providing grants of up to $20,000 to cities, towns and the County of Marin. These projects are designed to support businesses, services, 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 support active transportation modes, business recovery efforts, and help to advance equity in Marin's communities. Projects are:

  • Sausalito - Caledonia Street Closure
  • Mill Valley - Temporary Road Closure Toolbox
  • Tiburon - Main Street Outdoor Dining/Market
  • Fairfax - Outdoor Dining and Retail Public Space Improvements
  • Novato - Sunset Parkway Neighborhood Speed Management Project
  • San Rafael - Downtown Parking Space Outdoor Dining Project
  • San Anselmo - San Anselmo Ave. Improvements for Pedestrian Access, Comfort and Usability
  • Corte Madera - Old Corte Madera Square Outdoor Dining and Seating Program
  • Ross - Redwood Drive Seasonal Market
  • County of Marin - Quick Build Projects at Various Schools
  • Larkspur - Magnolia Avenue Project

Marin Transit Status Update

Marin Transit General Manager, Nancy Whelan, provided a status update at the July TAM Board meeting. The presentation highlighted the rapid response required for Marin Transit to continue to provide essential mobility services, the dramatic changes to transit ridership and ongoing fiscal impacts resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. Marin Transit staff is developing operations scenarios to ensure they can continue to provide core lifeline services while responding to rider and driver safety with physical distancing requirements. View a video of the presentation.

Travel Data during the Pandemic 

The COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place order have resulted in an unprecedented reduction of travel. TAM has collected transportation data to assess the reduction in movement in the County and monitor mobility changes on our transportation systems. The report includes data gathered from March to June showing trends for highway traffic volume, speed, incidents, bridge traffic volume, transit ridership and CO2 emissions. 

Travel Data Summary Presentation

Connect2Transit Launches in Marin County - New Commute Options for First and Last Mile On-Demand Service

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. People in Marin County now have access to a range of new on-demand services. Uber users now see shared ride transit options and 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 Connect2Transit website with details including the service area and download the voucher to receive discounts when you connect to transit.

The program is designed to support transit ridership and encourage shared mobility options that reduce congestion and pollution. The technology provides an effective, real-time way to encourage and enable carpooling for first- and last-mile access to trips to and from Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) stations in Marin County, the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, and major bus stops, including the Hub in San Anselmo, Redwood and Grant in Novato, the San Rafael Transit Center, and Highway 101 bus pads.

PROJECT UPDATES

Safe Routes to Schools Releases Evaluation Report

Every three years TAM releases an Evaluation Report for the Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) Program here in Marin County. The report presents metrics and evaluation for the various SR2S programs, including school participation, travel mode shifts, "green" and "active green" trips, funding, infrastructure, profiles on important people in the SR2S programs, and more. This report examines the 2016 through 2019 school years.

Read the SR2S Evaluation Report!

Highway 101 Interchange Studies

TAM has initiated Highway 101 interchange studies, funded by the ½-Cent Transportation Sales Tax, to identify operational and safety improvements for all users of select interchanges, approaching roadways and adjacent intersections.  Many of the Highway 101 interchanges in Marin were built many years ago when Marin’s traffic was much different than today and are considered to have numerous operational deficiencies and non-standard features as compared to current design practices.  They were also built during an era that was auto-centric and did not accommodate or equally consider other users such as pedestrians and cyclists.   

TAM and the project team will begin a multi-step process to understand and document the existing conditions of the interchanges and approaching roadways and identify deficiencies that contribute to congestion and impact mobility and safety.  The studies will culminate in an independent report with recommendations to reduce congestion, improve local traffic flow, and improve user safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. 
 

Marin 101-580 Stakeholder Working Group

The first two Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) meetings for the Marin 101-580 Direct Connector project have been hosted as virtual meetings via Zoom. The SWG provides a forum for the project team to understand community concerns and issues early in the project development process and creates an ongoing communication channel.  The committee is comprised of 20 volunteers representing a variety of interests in Marin County.

The first meeting served as an introduction for the group to provide a summary of their key interests and priorities, and the project team gave an overview of the project goals as well as a high-level description of the seven alternatives.  In the second meeting, staff provided a summary of key issues raised at the first meeting and an overview of the project schedule and public engagement opportunities. The project team then provided detailed information about the seven alternatives followed by input from SWG members and discussion, as well as public comment. These meetings are open to the public and the next meeting will be held on August 25 at 3:00 pm.

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View the Recent Presentation with Design Alternatives

Progress on Protected Bike Lane on Exit from WB I-580 to SFD Blvd.

Construction is moving at a good pace to build a two-way “cycle track” on the flyover off-ramp from westbound I-580 to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. The project will improve bicycle access between Andersen Drive, Francisco Boulevard East and the new bicycle and pedestrian path on the upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The project includes installation of the same type of movable media barrier that is used to protect the bicyle/pedestrian path on the upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. This project is being implemented in partnership with Caltrans, MTC, BATA, and City of San Rafael and is on track to be complete in late summer 2020. 

TAM Partner News

Presentation on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard History Aug. 5 @ 6pm

A Marin County historian, a representative from local indigenous tribes, and a history professor are lined up to be the featured guests for online learning session August 5 about Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, one of Marin’s primary thoroughfares. The session was prompted by a grassroots effort to have the road renamed because of its namesake’s documented history as a 16th century slave trader.

Read the Press Release with Details on How to Participate

Go Sonoma Transportation Sales Tax Extension Moves Forward to Ballot Box

The Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) manages a ¼-cent sales tax – known as Measure M – to help fund critical transportation infrastructure projects and transit operations. The measure is set to expire in 2024 and the SCTA has decided to seek Sonoma County voter approval this November to extend the measure for 20 years.  You can read the proposed Expenditure Plan here.

Plan Bay Area 2050 Draft Blueprint Released - Public Comments Requested

MTC has released the Plan Bay Area 2050 Draft Blueprint, an important step in the creation of Plan Bay Area 2050, the Bay Area’s long-range plan that looks holistically at the region’s transportation, housing, economic, and environmental issues. The Draft Blueprint integrates 25 resilient and equitable strategies to make progress toward a more affordable, connected, diverse, healthy and vibrant Bay Area for all.

There a several ways the public can provide input on which strategies would best meet the challenges the Bay Area will face over the next several decades. Join a digital workshop or telephone town hall meeting, or provide input via an online survey. The Public Comment period is open through August 10, 2020.

Drawdown: Marin - Strategic Plan Released

Drawdown: Marin - the countywide program addressing climate change - has completed and released the Drawdown: Marin Strategic Plan. The process which took more than two years and involved over 150 volunteers details 29 potential solutions to help dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The Strategic Plan summarizes the suggested solutions, necessary equity work and initiatives, community engagement priorities and needs for 2021-2030.
The Drawdown: Marin Executive Steering Committee endorsed the following solutions for immediate implementation:

  • Marin Carbon Farming Initiative
  • Zero Emissions Vehicles - Drive Clean Bay Area
  • Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) - Center for Food and Agriculture
  • Microgrids - Fairfax Pavilion Pilot Project
  • Community Resilience Hubs
  • Biomass Study/Recovery Pathways
  • Resilient Neighborhoods - Climate Preparedness and Reduction (CPR) for the Planet
Read the Drawdown: Marin Strategic Plan

State Route 37 Notice of Preparation / Environmental Scoping / Open House

Caltrans has initiated the public review period and released the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed State Route 37 Traffic Congestion Relief Project located in Sonoma, Napa, and Solano counties (Segment B). On July 22 Caltrans hosted a virtual open house requesting comments on the scope and content of the EIR/EA for the proposed project. The public comment period is open until August 24. For additional information, visit, www.SR37corridorprojects.com.

Clipper START Card Offers Significant Discounts for Eligible Transit Riders

Clipper START is new 18-month pilot program offering significant fare reductions to low-income adult transit riders. Eligible riders can receive up to 50% discounts on select Bay Area transit agencies. Bay Area residents age 19 to 64 who meet certain income requirements can apply for the program. Clipper START discounts are:

  • 50% off Golden Gate Transit and Ferry (some restrictions apply)
  • 50% off Muni
  • 50% off Caltrain
  • 20% off BART

Additional transit operators may be added to the program in the coming months.  Anyone interested in Clipper START can learn more about program requirements and apply online at clipperstartcard.com.

Second Phase of CARES Act Funding Allocated for Transit Agencies

On July 22, MTC approved allocation of the second phase Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for transit. The CARES Act funding for Bay Area transit agencies, totaling approximately $1.3 billion, was distributed in two phases to allow for immediate relief as well as to preserve flexibility and more accurately reconcile revenue losses. In April, approximately $781 million was allocated and in July, the remaining balance of approximately $507 million was approved for distribution to Bay Area Transit Agencies. The funding is allocated based on existing formulas and the total distribution to Marin agencies includes approximately $10.2M to Marin Transit, $14.9M to SMART and $51.6M to Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.

MEETINGS & EVENTS

TAM Executive Committee meetings and the Board of Commissioners meeting are cancelled in August.

8/25: Marin 101-580 Stakeholder Working Group Meeting #3

 
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