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September/October 2021
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NEWS TO KEEP YOU MOVING

iWalk Returns on October 6 as SR2S Celebrates 21 Years of Event!

After having a modified event in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) program will be hosting its biggest celebration of the year, International Walk & Roll to School Day (iWalk) on October 6. iWalk marks the SR2S return to a new normal: vaccinated and masked parent volunteers will happily greet and hand out incentives to thousands of students from all over Marin who walk and roll to school that morning. For 21 years, iWalk has been a tradition for Safe Routes. It celebrates communities' efforts to reduce traffic, create safer streets, improve air quality, and make kids fitter and more awake in the morning.

More iWalk Information Here!

Crossing Guards Needed in Marin - 
Now Recruiting

TAM is working with the Crossing Guard Management firm’s expanded efforts to hire crossing guards and alternate guards. The Crossing Guard Program is impacted by the current labor shortage and All City Management Services is seeking crossing guards throughout Marin with an emphasis on positions in Southern Marin and Novato. Applicants must be 18 years or older. Seniors are welcome!
Contact Regional Manager Alan Stone: (415) 844-0223 or click the button below.

For More Information & to Apply

Active Transportation Projects Receive $1.3 Million in Funding from TFCA/TDA

At the September TAM Board of Commissioners meeting the Board approved $1.3 million for seven bicycle and pedestrian projects in Marin County. The funding is provided through the Transportation for Clean Air (TFCA) fund and the Transportation Development Act (TDA). A list of these projects, also reviewed and recommended by the TAM Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Marin Public Works Association, is shown below; the full report and presentation may be found here.

  • Corte Madera: Corte Madera Path/Echo Avenue Connector
  • County of Marin: Lomita Drive Gap Closure Project
  • Larkspur: Doherty Drive Safe Pathways to Schools
  • Marin County Parks: Mill Valley Sausalito Pathway Resurfacing Project
  • Ross: Laurel Grove Safe Pathways Project Phase III
  • San Rafael: Grand Avenue Class IV Cycle Track
  • TAM: North-South Greenway Gap Closure Project in Central Marin - Northern Segment
View the Table of Projects and Recommended Funding
PROJECT UPDATES

Marin Commutes Fall Campaign - Rediscover your Commute

Keep your eyes out for details on the upcoming Marin Commutes fall campaign that runs from October 11 to November 21.  The campaign encourages people who live or work in Marin County to make more green trips to work and for errands. Green trips include transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking, biking, and even saving a trip by working remotely. Reward opportunities await you when you log your green trips. To learn more, sign-up below to receive campaign information!

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Bridgeway and Gate 6 Intersection Improvements 

Motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists are traveling a greatly improved intersection configuration at Bridgeway and Gate 6 Road in Sausalito. The new layout, signalization and striping help improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists at the south end of the Sausalito-Mill Valley multi-use path, one of the busiest pathways in Marin.

The intersection is now marked by a green diagonal path and bike arrows to clarify the path of travel from the end of the path at Gate 6 Road to the southbound bike lane on Bridgeway. Video cameras detect bikes approaching the intersection and cyclists may also use a push button to activate the signal. For northbound cyclists, a bike lane across Gate 6 Road provides a clear connection to the pathway bike ramp.

New "No Right Turn" signs illuminate when bikes and pedestrians are crossing Bridgeway to help prevent conflicts. Cyclists are required to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. When traveling through the area, please be aware as everyone adapts to the new configuration.

North-South Greenway Construction Update

Construction of the multi-use path crossing Corte Madera Creek continues making great progress. Over the last few months, the existing structural bents have been retrofitted by attaching steel rebar and then casting concrete to create a “seat” for the girders (beams) to sit on. The girders are being installed at night to reduce impacts to traffic. The concrete stairs that connected the existing sidewalk to the wooden walkway below were recently removed. The stairs were located in the salt marsh on the north bank of Corte Madera Creek and environmental protections were in place to prevent debris from entering the marsh. Caltrans had an onsite biologist observing the work to confirm environmental permit conditions were met.

Alternative Fuels Program and Outreach Activities Update

Significant progress has been made with TAM's Alternative Fuels program since it was adopted by the TAM Board in October 2020. The program is funded through the 2010 voter-approved Measure B Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF). At the September Board of Commissioners meeting the Board authorized additional outreach and promotional activities over the next three years. TAM staff prepared a detailed presentation that covers the numbers and locations of electric vehicle (EV) charging heads, progress on the rebate program, technical assistance and outreach updates, program budget, recommended future program actions, and much more.

Read the Full Report & View Presentation Here

US 101 Part-Time Transit Lane Feasibility Study Now Available

In July, TAM released the Part-Time Transit Lane Feasibility Study. The study addresses the viability and potential benefits of allowing buses to bypass heavy traffic on southbound US 101 by using the existing shoulder from Atherton Avenue/San Marin Drive in Novato to Mission Avenue in San Rafael. 

The study found that allowing buses to use the outside shoulder lane when speeds fall below 35 miles per hour would reduce transit travel time on US 101, improve commute options, and enhance bus reliability. To review the study, including preliminary concept plans for the part-time transit lane, please visit the project webpage.

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Studies

At the September TAM Board meeting, staff from Caltrans, Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) and TAM presented information about recent studies, and programs related to the Richmond-San Rafael (RSR) Bridge. Recent studies presented include a load rating/maintenance study and a westbound 3rd lane feasibility study. The presentation by staff also included information about the RSR Forward program, future analysis of the current pilot projects (eastbound peak period lane and upper deck multi-use path), and the consideration of a Marin Water Pipeline over the Bridge. Staff anticipates making this same presentation in October to the Contra Costa Transportation Authority Board and the BATA Oversight Committee. 

View the Presentation
TAM Partner News

Free Rides for Seniors & ADA

Starting in October 2021 Marin Transit will provide free rides on local fixed route service countywide for older adults (age 65 or older) and persons with disabilities. This will be a 6-month pilot starting from October 1, 2021, and will continue through March 3, 2022. Demand response services (paratransit, Catch-A-Ride, Dial-A-Ride, and Connect) will be exempt from the free fare offerings. This offering will only be limited on Marin Transit fixed-route services and not valid on Golden Gate Transit routes. Learn more at: https://marintransit.org/farepromotions

View the Poster in English and Spanish

San Rafael Transit Center Replacement Project Draft EIR Released for Comment

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District) released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for the San Rafael Transit Center Replacement Project. Comments on the Draft EIR will be accepted until October 12, 2021. The Draft EIR may be accessed on the District’s website. The Draft EIR analyzes a preferred alternative and three build alternatives; the Move Whistlestop Alternative (the preferred alternative), Adapt Whistlestop Alternative, 4th Street Gateway Alternative, and Under the Freeway Alternative. The District hosted virtual public meetings in English and Spanish to provide an overview on the project and the Draft EIR. The meeting presentation materials, including how to provide comments, can be found on their meetings and events webpage.

E-Bikes Welcome on Golden Gate Ferry Vessels

Bicycles, including electric bikes, are welcome aboard all Golden Gate Ferry (GGF) vessels with the understanding that customers may need to carry their bike up or down a flight of stairs to embark/disembark. Bikes are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and all GGF high-speed catamarans can accommodate up to 30 bikes. Read more about bringing your bike on the ferry here.

Plan Bay Area 2050 - Summary of Findings and Next Steps

On September 9, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) hosted a webinar to provide a summary of major findings and considerations from the Partnership Phase of the Implementation Plan and steps for Plan Bay Area 2050 finalization. The purpose of the Plan Bay Area 2050 Implementation Plan is to develop short-term, tangible actions that MTC, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), and partners can take over the next one to five years to advance the 35 strategies identified through the Plan Bay Area 2050 Final Blueprint. MTC and ABAG Executive Boards will hold a joint meeting in October to consider adoption of the Final Plan. View the presentation on the MTC Meetings and Events webpage.

ALL Aboard Bay Area Transit

On As more schools are reopening for in-person learning and more businesses welcome employees back to the workplace, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and more than two dozen transit agencies joined forces to launch a new multi-lingual advertising campaign encouraging Bay Area residents of all ages to move forward together on the region’s buses, trains, ferries and light-rail vehicles. 

The ‘All Aboard Bay Area Transit’ campaign was initiated by the Blue Ribbon Transit Recovery Task Force organized by MTC in May 2020 to help guide the future of the Bay Area’s public transit network in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign supports a combined effort to stabilize transit systems and restore ridership as the Bay Area continues its emergence from the pandemic. For more information visit: www.allaboardbayarea.com.

Know Your Zone - Evacuation Tool Launched for Marin County

The Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, along with all Marin municipalities, are launching a new web-based evacuation mapping tool and “Know Your Zone” campaign to help county residents and businesses be better prepared for the next evacuation or emergency. The interactive map was developed by Zonehaven, in coordination with all Marin County law, fire, and emergency agencies to help more effectively plan, communicate, and execute evacuations.

The map shows all Marin County evacuation zones. To be better informed and quickly map their best path to safety, residents should visit emergency.marincounty.org, pull down the evacuation tab, enter their address in the “search” bar, and review zone details before the next emergency. Residents should also subscribe to Alert Marin to receive evacuation notices via call, text, email, or smartphone application. Zonehaven does not replace Alert Marin for notifications of evacuations or orders, but it does provide an intuitive tool for residents during the next evacuation or emergency. A short video about this new tool is available online.
MEETINGS & EVENTS

10/7: State Route 37 Policy Committee Meeting
10/11: Executive Committee Meetings
10/25: Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting
10/28: Board of Commissioners Meeting
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