October/November 2018

Measure AA Will Serve Marin County for Years to Come

If you’ve been following the ballot measures here in Marin, you know that Measure AA - Marin’s ½-cent Transportation Sales Tax Renewal - extends and enhances the original Measure A that was voted into place in 2004. Measure A has provided 14 years of critical funding for road, infrastructure, and safety improvements here in Marin County. Additionally, Measure A designates Marin County as a “self-help” county (not all counties are); meaning that we are eligible to receive millions of additional dollars from regional, state and federal sources and we can provide matching funds for projects sponsored by our local cities, towns and the County of Marin.
Measure AA extends the existing ½-cent sales tax for an additional 30 years beginning in April 2019. With the passage of Measure AA, approximately $27 million/year in long-term funding would be secured for transportation programs in Marin and there is no increase in the existing costs to Marin County residents as the sale tax remains at the present ½-cent rate.

Measure AA Does Not Increase the Existing Transportation Sales Tax Amount
At a ½-cent per retail dollar spent in Marin County, Measure AA builds on the proven successes of Measure A and resets how funds will be spent to address current and future needs by:

  • Providing a reliable 30-year funding stream for Marin County road projects
  • Continuing to attract millions of dollars in federal, state, and regional funding because Marin County is a “self-help” county
  • Saving the countywide Crossing Guard program and INCREASES the number of guards from 58 to 96 on critical school-area intersections
  • Protecting and expanding the award-winning Safe Routes to Schools Program (now a national program that was started here in Marin County)
  • Increasing funding for transit programs for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Providing dedicated funds for school bus services (which significantly reduces school-time congestion).
  • Providing a dedicated and reliable stream of funding to maintain and repair local roads
  • Helping to complete significant projects such as the Marin-Sonoma Narrows and building a direct connector between Northbound 101 and Eastbound 580
  • Providing continuous funding commitments for local transit
  • Expanding a commitment to fund clean air vehicle infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles
If the Measure A funding plan is not reset, many transportation programs and improvements will be at risk, including:
  • Major congestion relieving projects such as the 101/580 Connector and the Marin-Sonoma Narrows will be stalled awaiting other funding
  • The Safe Routes to Schools program will be reduced (which serves thousands of children each year in Marin County)
  • The Crossing Guards program will experience significant cuts in guards
  • The funding to local jurisdictions for local road repairs and projects will not be increased
  • There will be no new funds to address flooding of local roads and sea-level rise
  • There will be no local funds to address access improvements on/off Highway 101
  • There will be no increase to transit services that serve some of Marin County’s most vulnerable residents including our seniors

Measure AA is the outcome of a two-year public process that resulted in the development of a long-range Expenditure Plan. This plan was put together by a broad coalition of community members, including local neighborhood, business, civic, environmental and advocacy groups. All 11 Cities and Towns in Marin County approved the Expenditure Plan to extend and enhance the current Measure A. A list of detailed documentation of the process, presentations, and Expenditure Plan can be found on the “Documents” tab of the Measure AA renewal page on the TAM website.
Measure AA requires 2/3 of Marin County voters to approve the ballot measure and safeguard our local transportation funding for the future.

The 5.4 billion dollar question: What is at risk with Prop 6?

On November 6, Californians will determine whether to continue generating $5.4 billion annually for California roads, bridges, highways, transit and active transportation programs. Proposition 6, on the November ballot, threatens to repeal Senate Bill 1 (SB1), a transportation funding package passed by 2/3 of the state legislature in April 2017. SB1 represents the largest state commitment to transportation solutions in more than 30 years. The $5.4 billion annual transportation investment is generated by a combination of gas and diesel taxes and vehicle license fees.

In Marin, each city and town as well as the County of Marin stand to lose nearly 50% of state funding allocated for local road repair, totaling a loss of $8 million/year. For more information regarding SB1 funding for Marin view a video of County projects and read a factsheet highlighting Marin projects and programs.


US-101 Marin-Sonoma Narrows Project Northbound Traffic Switch – Overnight November 2, 2018

As part of the continued progress of US-101 Marin-Sonoma Narrows Project, Caltrans will shift Northbound US-101 traffic to a NEW alignment from the San Antonio Road/Landfill exit to the Kastania/Petaluma Blvd Road exit beginning overnight Friday, November 2, and open to commuters early Saturday, November 3.

  • The speed limit in this construction area has been reduced.
  • Additional safety signage has been installed, as well as changeable message boards (CMS) to warn motorists of the lane shift.
  • Traffic switch is weather dependent.

Please drive cautiously through the construction zone, leave a safe traveling distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. View the Lane Shift Advisory.


San Rafael Transit Center Relocation Project

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (Bridge District) is starting a multi-year process to develop a new transit center for San Rafael. The current transit center will be affected by the extension of the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) system to Larkspur. Several government agencies are partnering to identify a new transit center site and configuration that will provide for the current and future mobility needs of San Rafael and Marin County.

As SMART is extended further south to Larkspur, the tracks will bisect the site where the San Rafael Transit Center (SRTC) is currently located. This will impact how buses and people will be able to access and travel through the site as well as the amount of space available for buses and riders. As a result, the transit center must be replaced in another location in downtown San Rafael. This is an opportunity to create a more accessible transit facility for all users and improve both connectivity and safety.

A Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report has been released and comments will be accepted until November 19.  Click here for more information about the project, the NOP and to provide comments.

Two New Electric Buses Arrive at Marin Transit!

Marin Transit has added the first two Zero Emission Battery Electric Buses in September 2018! 

The buses, which can seat 32 passengers, will charge overnight and be operated on Marin Transit local routes by Golden Gate Transit (GGT).  Charging infrastructure has been installed already.  The estimated range of the buses is 145 miles per charge, but conditions such as heat and hills reduce the range.  Initially, the buses will operate no more than 80 miles per day as both Transit agencies learn more about the buses' capabilities.

Throughout the life of the buses, staff will be evaluating performance, reliability, cost, and scalability.
More information.

11/14 - Board of Commissioners Meeting
11/15 - Technical Advisory Committee Meeting
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