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April/May 2021
NEWS TO KEEP YOU MOVING

May is Bike Month and May 21 is
Bike to Wherever Day! Join the fun!

Every year the region celebrates Bike to Work Day. Acknowledging all the changes we've experienced over the last year, this event has temporarily transformed to Bike to WHEREVER Day and will be celebrated on May 21! Throughout May, designated as Bike Month, there are a ton of things to do and places to ride - from picking up your musette bag stuffed with goodies to finding the perfect ride to soothe your soul. Check out some of the resources below for ideas, tips, events, and more!

Bike to School Day is May 12

Bike to School Day is May12! Join thousands of students to use your pedal power to celebrate National Bike To School Day. Marin Safe Routes to Schools encourages families to strap on their helmets and Bike 2 It!  Incentives will be made available to children in participating schools.  Students who walk, scooter or skateboard can join the movement too!

Please remember these important safety tips when driving:

  • Allow extra time for travel
  • Go slow and scan for children, especially during morning and afternoon commute times
  • Stay alert - eyes up and focus on the drive; mobile devices can take a back seat to safety

Marin County Awarded $4.8M in Highway Safety Improvement Funding

The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is a Federal-aid program, administered by Caltrans, with the purpose to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, including non-State-owned roads and roads on tribal land. In March, Caltrans announced that 226 projects, totaling $227.6 million in federal HSIP funds were selected for funding. Five of those projects totaling approximately $4.8M are in Marin County. Those projects are:

  • Roadway Channelization Improvement: Pt. Reyes Petaluma Road and Nicasio Valley Road ($1.8M)
  • Pedestrian Upgrades: Woodland Ave/Auburn St. and N. San Pedro Rd/Schmidt Ave (San Rafael area), and McAllister Ave/Stadium Way (Kentfield) ($250K)
  • Panoramic Highway Friction Applications: Panoramic Hwy between Mile Post 4 to 8 ($2.07M)
  • Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon at Point San Pedro Rd. and Summit Ave. crosswalk ($362K)
  • East Blithedale Avenue Pedestrian Improvements (Mill Valley) ($250K)
PROJECT UPDATES

North-South Greenway Gap Closure Project Construction Update

Construction on the North-South Greenway Gap Closure Project over Corte Madera Creek in Larkspur is well underway. Construction crews broke ground in March and are busy with initial activities. Current activities include identifying and removing abandoned utilities, preparing column benches for future support beams, and excavating a bioretention basin for future stormwater treatment. The project will span the Corte Madera Creek with a 12-foot-wide multi-use path, replacing the existing 4-foot-wide pathway. When complete, the project will fill a major gap in the bicycle/pedestrian network in central Marin. Construction will continue throughout the year and the path is scheduled to be open for public use early next year.

There will be occasional night time ramp closures for key construction activities. Changeable message signs will inform motorists of closures. The existing multi-use path will remain open except during specific construction activities. Advance notification of closures will be posted. 

101/580 Stakeholder Working Group

The Marin 101/580 Stakeholder Working Group (SWG) continues to meet to provide input on the Northbound US-101 to Eastbound I-580 Direct Connector Project. The most recent meeting, SWG #5, took place on April 26 and the group reviewed prior concepts, new and modified alternatives as well as data comparisons. You can find the presentation and agenda as well as all other SWG materials on the SWG tab of the project webpage. The SWG meeting #6 is scheduled for May 18 at 3:00 p.m. TAM will continue to post meeting materials and agendas at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. 

Gate 6 Road and Bridgeway Intersection Construction Progresses

Construction is underway to improve safety for cyclists, cars, and pedestrians at the intersection of Gate 6 Road and Bridgeway in Sausalito, one of the busiest connection points in Marin County's North-South bicycle system. This complicated intersection features high traffic volume, two crosswalks, a highway on-ramp, a highway exit ramp, and multiple left turn lanes. Because it is traversed by the Sausalito-Mill Valley Multi-Use Path, the area receives significant bicycle traffic.

The improvements will add bicycle-detection sensors so that southbound cyclists approaching the intersection via the multi-use path can be given a green light to safely cross over to the southbound lane of Bridgeway. The project also includes pavement rehabilitation and improvements to curb ramps and the waiting areas at crosswalks. Construction is slated to be complete in early summer. 
Funding for this project comes from many sources, including TAM, The City of Sausalito, The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Transportation Fund for Clean Air, and the County of Marin.
TAM Partner News

San Rafael Transit Center Relocation Project Update

After extensive planning and outreach, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District is preparing to release the draft environmental document for the San Rafael Transit Center Relocation. District representatives gave an informative presentation to the TAM Board in April with details of the alternatives and the process moving forward. On May 21, the District Board of Directors is expected to consider a recommendation from the Transportation Committee on the preferred design alternative. The environmental document is expected to be released in June for public comment. 

The key elements of the relocation effort include:
Improved accessibility for bus routes, reducing the amount of circulation
on local streets necessary for buses to access their bays, benefiting
traffic and making transit more efficient and reliable.
  • Operational flexibility to allow for future potential expansion of transit
    service and schedules
  • Shift of buses from busy 2nd/3rd Streets, improving traffic flow
  • New transit center facilities, including enlarged customer service, new
    shelters, integration of technology, green treatments (LEED), improved
    waiting areas
  • Flexible curb for microtransit, shuttles, TNCs, taxis, pick‐up/drop‐off

Clipper Card Launches Ability to Pay with Apps and Mobile Phones

This month MTC launched the Clipper regional transit-fare payment card on iPhone and Apple Watch, and also released a mobile app for easier management of Clipper cards. This gives a new, contactless way to pay fares on 24 Bay Area transit systems. Customers can add the card directly through Apple Wallet and load cash value with Apple Pay. Riders also can transfer the value from a plastic Clipper card to their iPhone. Clipper will be coming to Google Pay in May. The new payment options make paying for and riding public transit easier and safer because riders can simply hold their iPhone or their Apple Watch near the Clipper reader and then board the bus, train, or ferry. They no longer need to touch a ticket vending machine or reload a Clipper card at a retailer.

MTC to Present an Update on Plan Bay Area to the TAM Board, May 27 

On May 27, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission will present a status update on Plan Bay Area 2050, the next-generation plan for transportation, housing, the environment and the economy. The presentation will include an overview of the three years of evaluation and engagement to develop Plan Bay Area 2050. It will also include specific information about the plan’s growth forecast & geographies, strategies, revenues and expenditures, growth patterns and key outcomes, and Implementation Plan activities. In the spring there will be additional opportunities for public input including a North Bay workshop. We will provide more information as details become available.

SR 37 Town Hall on April 15 Meeting Recap - Next Meeting is on May 26

On April 15, state Senators Bill Dodd and Mike McGuire hosted a community virtual “Town Hall” meeting to provide information and receive comments on the current work happening on State Route 37. Panelists provided information about recently completed flood protections in the corridor, as well as plans for future improvements and public engagement opportunities. Members of the public were able to submit questions in advance and during the meeting. Over 500 people participated in the live event, and it is available for viewing online.
Join the next Corridor-wide Planning and Environmental Linkages Public Meeting on Wednesday, May 26, 5:30–7:30pm. Details will be provided on the Resilient37.org website. The website also provides ways that the public can continue to provide input on the planning processes, including taking a quick survey, posting on an interactive map, and submitting comments via email or phone.

MEETINGS & EVENTS

5/17: Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting
5/18: Marin 101/580 SWG Meeting #6
5/27: Board of Commissioners
Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
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