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August/September 2020
NEWS TO KEEP YOU MOVING
New Safety Barrier Installation Complete
A new barrier has been installed to create a protected, two-way path on the flyover off-ramp from westbound I-580 to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. The barrier is the same design as the custom barrier that was developed for the bicycle/pedestrian path across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The installation was conducted during two nighttime closures of the offramp. The pathway is now open, though there will continue to be moderate construction activity as the project is completed and the connection to Francisco Boulevard East is finalized. This project is being implemented in partnership with Caltrans, MTC, BATA, and City of San Rafael.

Bike to Work Day Transforms to
Bike to Wherever Days

Bike to Work Day has been a May tradition, but this year, as we all know, is different. This year we can celebrate the whole month of September with Bike to Wherever Days, to encourage cyclists across the Bay Area to get on their bikes and safely pedal to wherever: through a park, to a grocery store or to visit with friends and family while social distancing. There are any number of possibilities. Bike to Wherever Days will be a COVID-safe celebration of activities for individuals and virtual teams.

You can read more about BTWD from MTC here. Leading up to the September activities, bicycle coalitions and traffic management organizations throughout the region are holding virtual classes and events. The Marin County Bicycle Coalition has some great resources available, including: Beginner Bicycling Tips, a Marin County bicycle map, where to pick up your free musette bags, and more! Information about the programs can be found at the county links at www.lovetoride.net/bayarea

Electrify your Ride Event

On Wednesday, September 9 at 4:00, join TAM and Drive Clean Bay Area and explore the growing variety of electric vehicles (EVs) and e-bikes available today and preview future models. Learn about EV incentives, rebates and charging tips and engage with EV and e-bike owners to learn what they love most about driving/riding electric. 
Zoom link and instructions will be provided on the day of the event.

Register for the Electrify Your Ride Event
PROJECT UPDATES

Safe Pathways Projects Completed in Larkspur 

New bicycle, pedestrian and ADA access improvements have been constructed along South Eliseo Drive in Larkspur. These projects include high visibility marked crosswalks and several concrete “splitter islands” to channelize vehicles to make legal turning movements and to provide refuge for pedestrians crossing South Eliseo. These improvements were identified as priorities from the Larkspur-Corte Madera Safe Routes Task Force and a series of workshops with residents and users of the South Eliseo corridor. The workshops were conducted to identify long- and short-term improvements along an important corridor that serves many different uses and users, high traffic volumes, on-street parking demand, travel routes to schools, as well as a key connection to high-use bike paths. TAM allocated $100,000 from Safe Pathways funding to support these recent improvements.

TAM Partner News
The SMART Board is hosting a series of Listening Forums across Sonoma and Marin counties to bring community members together to exchange ideas on how to best position SMART for the future. The Listening Forums will provide an opportunity for dialogue where the SMART Board can hear from community members from all sectors of the North Bay. Participants are encouraged to share ideas and comments on any aspect of SMART. Joining these conversations will help shape the future of SMART, an integral part of the region’s economy as we recover from the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.
Details on SMART Listening Forums

California Transportation Plan (CTP 2050) Released for Public Comment

The CTP 2050 is California’s long-range transportation plan that was developed over a two-year period with engagement and input from the community, regional partners and subject matter experts. The plan presents the vision, goals, and recommendations for solutions to California’s transportation challenges. The public is invited to comment on the draft plan until October 22, 2020. Caltrans will be hosting webinars that will be announced on the website, www.CTP2050.comFor questions and to comment on the CTP 2050, please email CTP@dot.ca.gov.

California Transportation Plan 2050

Telework: Benefits, Best Practices and Pitfalls

On Thursday, September 17, an expert panel will discuss the best practices, pros and cons of telecommuting for workers, employers and the environment. We have seen a dramatic shift in travel patterns and work practices since the onset of COVID-19. Learn more about remote working and benefits to business, people, and environment. Register for this event hosted by Bay Area 350.

Register for Telework: Benefits, Best Practices and Pitfalls

Transit Agencies Continue to Respond and Adapt to COVID-19

Bay Area transit agencies including Golden Gate Transit, Marin Transit and SMART continue to respond and adapt to the challenges posed by COVID-19. These measures include changes to routes to better serve rider needs during COVID-19 as well as enhanced cleaning to keep riders and employees safe.

Riding Together: Bay Area Healthy Transit Plan
All 27 Bay Area public transportation providers have collectively developed a health and safety plan to define transit-related safety standards during coronavirus and the resumption of economic activity. The plan outlines consistent measures for public transit customers and service providers, including mask mandates, vehicle sanitation, and protective equipment.

Marin Transit Adds Additional Routes and Safety Measures
On August 10, 2020, Marin Transit began operating additional Supplemental Routes to accommodate as many passengers as possible and allow for adequate physical distancing on buses. These routes operate Monday through Saturday and provide more frequent service on select high ridership corridors to quickly connect passengers to their destinations. In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, Marin Transit has implemented enhanced cleaning protocols and additional measures on all Marin Transit’s vehicles since March 2020 to limit possible disease transmission. Please continue to check marintransit.org/COVID19 for the latest updates.

Golden Gate Transit To Modify Regional Bus Service on Sept. 13
Golden Gate Transit continues to modify bus service levels during COVID-19. As part of this plan, all service on commute Routes 24 and 38 will be suspended; service on commute Routes 4, 18, 27, 54, and 56X will be further reduced; service on Larkspur Ferry shuttle Route 25 will be restored; service to Cotati and Roberts Lake on Route 72 will be suspended; and late-night service on regional Route 30 will be reduced. New bus timetables are now available on Golden Gate Transit's Upcoming Bus Schedule Change page. Please note, the suspension of service on commute Routes 2, 4C, 8, 24C, 24X, 38A, 40X, 54C, 58, 72X, 74, 76, 92, and 101X continues.

Golden Gate Transit Real-Time Arrival Data Now Available
Golden Gate Transit is pleased to announce its partnership with "Transit app" to provide real-time bus arrival times to riders. The District will also host the Transit app on its website, goldengate.org, in the near future. Transit app is loaded with useful features such as service alerts, schedules, maps, ride and bike share information, trip planning, and favorite lists. Download Transit app for free at Apple or Android app stores. Visit Golden Gate Transit's Real-Time Arrivals page for more information.

COVID-19 Marin Transit Rider Survey Results
Marin Transit recently released survey results from nearly 700 respondents. The results showed that many riders are unaware of the safety measures undertaken by Marin Transit to reduce possible transmission of COVID-19. Marin Transit has implemented enhanced cleaning protocols and additional measures on all Marin Transit's vehicles since March 2020. These include:

  • Additional daily cleaning of high touch areas inside the bus with a cleaning agent recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);
  • Requiring drivers and passengers to wear facial coverings while onboard a bus;
  • Limiting the number of passengers onboard at any given time to allow for adequate physical distancing;
  • Equipping buses with hand sanitizer; and
  • Keeping windows open while the bus is in service to increase the flow of fresh air.

 

MEETINGS & EVENTS

9/14: Executive Committee Meetings
9/21: Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting
9/24: Board of Commissioners Meeting


 
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