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                            February/March 2020
NEWS TO KEEP YOU MOVING

Vendor Selected for Upcoming Bike Share Pilot Program 

A three-year pilot program to provide bike share services at Sonoma and Marin SMART stations is beginning to take shape! On February 10, TAM and the Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) authorized an agreement with Gotcha Mobility to provide services for a fleet of 300 electric bikes that will be stationed at and near SMART stations. These bikes provide the latest Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies and will work with smart phones. Gotcha Mobility operates similar systems all around the country. If successful, an additional 50 bicycles could be added to the system after launch. The goal of the project is to build a self-sustaining program without the need for additional funding after the end of the three-year pilot program. 
View the Presentation
Electric Vehicle Start-up Guide and Resources Available!

Check out this simple two-page quick start guide for anyone who is thinking of purchasing, leasing, or operating an EV. It comes with an explanation of EV charger types and charge times, local resources, and a handy charger head vehicle compatibility chart.
Additional resources about the economic benefits of EVs and TAM rebate programs can be found on the TAM website Alternative Fuels Program page.

TAM Programs Assist Electric Vehicle Adoption 

To support and accelerate electric vehicle (EV) adoption and to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, TAM has established programs
  • to expand EV charging infrastructure
  • to convert vehicle fleets to electric power, and
  • to increase public awareness of the benefits of EVs
TAM’s programs to support EV charger installation and clean fleet conversion grew steadily in 2019 with twice as many EV chargers installed compared to the previous year. In 2019, TAM supported the installation of 138 charging heads, and is on track to install 205 additional charging heads in 2020. TAM’s clean fleet rebate program has also assisted with the purchase of 11 EVs and six electric bikes furthering our communities’ commitments to Climate Action Plan goals. To expedite the funding, rebate and installation process, TAM provides agencies with technical assistance and support as needed.

To encourage drivers to convert to EVs, TAM works with agency partners and community-based organizations to promote EV awareness and adoption through public outreach efforts and EV test drive events. Look for us again this year for EV test drives at May Madness
 in San Rafael on May 9, 2020.


TAM staff prepared a comprehensive review of the current Alternative Fuels Program that was presented to the TAM Board on February 27. The review covers program costs, incentive programs, and program progress. You can find the staff report, presentation and supporting documents here.
PROJECT UPDATES

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Bike Path Daytime Closures Until 3/13

Due to scheduled bridge inspections the new bicycle and pedestrian pathway on the Richmond-San Rafael bridge will be closed on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Friday, March 13. For bicyclists that use the pathway Caltrans is providing a shuttle for passengers on both sides of the bridge. In San Rafael the shuttle location is located at the Vista Point at the start of the bridge pathway. In Richmond the shuttle location is located at the toll plaza by the pathway. According to Caltrans, shuttle wait times will be limited to 15 minutes. You can get full details on the Caltrans website.
Highway 37 Updates

Marin Adaptation Strategies Report

In February, the County of Marin released an Adaptation Strategies Report for the Highway 37 corridor in Marin County.  The report contains a summary analysis of corridor-related studies conducted to date and provides four visions with design concepts. The study creates a framework to develop detailed project and funding approaches to address flooding and sea-level rise impacts in the corridor. 
You can view the project web page and download the study.

Senator Dodd Introduces Highway 37 Improvement Bill

Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation to reduce traffic congestion along Highway 37 and protect the vital North Bay route from sea level rise driven by climate change.

The bill would create a tolling authority to raise capital for necessary improvements. The funding would help leverage state and federal funding sources to complete the needed overhaul. Details including administration, matching funds and the design of a new highway will be decided with future public input.  Read the press release here.
PARTNER NEWS

Plan Bay Area 2050 Update

TAM staff have been providing updates as the Plan Bay Area (PBA) 2050 process moves forward. PBA 2050 is a long-range plan charting the course for the future of the Bay Area, focusing on four key issues—the economy, the environment, housing and transportation. PBA 2050 must meet a more ambitious Greenhouse Gas Reduction target and demonstrate an integrated transportation and land use planning process. View the presentation to learn more about strategies to create a more affordable, connected, diverse, healthy and vibrant Bay Area. 

Marin Transit 10-Year Plan

On February 27, Nancy Whelan, General Manager of Marin Transit, presented an update of the 2020-2029 Marin Transit Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP). The SRTP is a 10-year plan for transit service delivery that provides a guiding framework for performance, monitoring, service delivery, capital priorities and financial planning.  To learn more, please view the presentation.

Golden Gate Bridge District Adopts Climate Emergency Resolution

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District (the District) Board of Directors adopted its first-ever climate emergency resolution. The resolution serves as the District's statement of principles regarding the causes and impacts of global climate change and as a commitment to continue expanding, wherever feasible, the District's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plan for a resilient future.

County of Marin Corona Virus Update

The County of Marin announced that it is taking steps to proclaim a local health emergency and a local state of emergency to prepare for impacts associated with the novel coronavirus that has raised concerns worldwide. Read the News Release from the County of Marin here.
MEETINGS & EVENTS

3/9/20:   Executive Committee Meetings
3/16/20: Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting
3/26/20: Board of Commissioners Meeting

 
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