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September/October 2020
NEWS TO KEEP YOU MOVING

Crossing Guards Returning as Some Schools Begin in-Person Learning

Some Marin County schools are making preparations for modified in-person learning and children will begin to walk, bike, and scooter to and from schools once again. This means that TAM's Crossing Guard program that was put on hiatus when schools closed at the beginning of the shelter in place orders will once again be in operation. TAM's Crossing Guard program has been helping to get school children to and from school for the past 15 years and is currently funded through voter-approved Measure AA, the 1/2-cent transportation sales tax and Measure B, the Marin County vehicle registration fee.  TAM is currently evaluating the potential scenarios presented with COVID-19, adjusted school schedules, revenue impacts and the crossing guard program.  You can read the most recent staff report on the crossing guard program here.

In the meantime, when you are on the roads keep an eye out for school kids and know that your locally funded crossing guards are returning to help them get safely to and from school!

East Blithedale Ave. Rehabilitation Project Meeting, Oct. 7

The City of Mill Valley is continuing community outreach for the East Blithedale Avenue Rehabilitation project that will rehabilitate the roadway and improve multimodal access to local residential, school, and business areas from Highway 101 to Sunnyside Avenue.  A community informational meeting is being held on Wednesday, October 7, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm via Zoom. The city will share the project goals and objectives, provide an overview of the project background, available funding, and the anticipated schedule to complete design and start construction. Additional information including a project factsheet can be found on the project website
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PROJECT UPDATES

North-South Greenway Gap Closure Project Construction & Funding Update

TAM's staff and consulting team have worked closely with Caltrans and the City of Larkspur staff to advance the North-South Greenway Gap Closure Project in central Marin that includes widening of the Northbound US 101 off-ramp structure over Corte Madera Creek, closing the existing gap between the Central Marin Ferry Connector Path and Old Redwood Highway.
In August, eight construction bids were received and since all bids came in higher than the engineers’ estimate and exceed available funding, on September 24, the TAM Board approved various actions to fill the funding shortfall. The next steps are to receive final approval from the California Transportation Commission and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to complete the funding package and enable the project team to award the construction contract. You can
read the full staff report and view a PowerPoint presentation here.

Sausalito Gate 6 Road Intersection Project Receives Funding

In September, the TAM Board authorized an allocation of $100,000 to help fill a funding gap to begin construction of the City of Sausalito’s Gate 6 Road Intersection Modifications Project. The project proposes significant improvements to the complex and heavily used intersection at the southern end of the Sausalito-Mill Valley multi-use path. The intersection falls under multiple jurisdictions and the corridor has the highest bicycle volumes in Marin County.  The County of Marin Board of Supervisors will consider allocating an additional $54,000 at the October 6 meeting to complete the funding package and enable Sausalito to award the construction contract. 

The project includes installation of a dedicated bicycle signal phase and detection for southbound cyclists coming from the Sausalito-Mill Valley path going to Bridgeway. It also includes new vehicle detection and signal modifications, and a redesign of the path approach at the northeast corner of the Bridgeway Boulevard/Gate 6 intersection. Read the full staff report, including a presentation and project area map.

Annual Report Hard Copies are Now Available on Request

The TAM Citizens’ Oversight Committee Annual Report is an important tool for TAM to share comprehensive information about progress on TAM projects and programs as well as revenues and expenditures. 
The 2019 Annual Report was redesigned as an all-inclusive report providing updates on locally-funded projects and programs and well as TAM’s projects funded with regional, state a federal funding. The electronic version was released in March, but due to the COVID-19 health crisis, production of the report was delayed. We now have hard copies available on request! The report includes a 11x17 insert with a map of key infrastructure projects and a 15-year timeline with highlights of TAM activities. Request a hard copy by emailing us a physical mailing address

TAM Partner News

Marin Transit Public Hearing on Means-Based Fare Program - Oct. 5 @ 10am


Marin Transit is exploring participation in the region’s means-based transit fare pilot program, known as Clipper START. The program offers a 50% discount on the adult cash fare to eligible low-income riders. Marin Transit is evaluating the proposed fare change under the Clipper START program and is asking for public input.
A public hearing will be held on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. for Marin Transit to receive comments on their participation in the program. For more information and details on how to participate, please visit: marintransit.org/clipperstart.

Francisco Blvd. E. Construction Update

Construction of sidewalk improvements is well underway on Francisco Boulevard East in San Rafael. The project includes an 8-foot-wide sidewalk and bike pathway between Vivian Street and Grand Avenue. The project has been divided into five phases to ensure as little disruption as possible to pedestrians, motorists and local businesses. Phase 1 includes the sidewalk between Vivian Street and Harbor Street. The City of San Rafael maintains a project webpage for information and updates.

San Francisco Congestion Pricing Study

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) is exploring congestion pricing and initiating a study to determine how charging a fee to drive downtown could get traffic moving and achieve goals around street safety, clean air, and equity. To significantly reduce congestion, SFCTA estimates a congestion pricing program would need to reduce downtown car trips during rush hour by at least 15%. 

The SFCTA project website, www.sfcta.org/downtown, has details on a variety of ways for people to engage and provide input on the study. 

MTC Exploring Options to Improve Transit Experience, Boost Ridership

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is seeking regular transit riders to share their transit experiences in a small group, two-hour online workshop. Participants will reflect the broader population of the Bay Area and transit ridership, and will be compensated for their time and participation. The workshops are being held to help inform the ongoing Fare Coordination and Integration Study and transit customers will be invited to participate throughout the project. If interested, please sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KW5JZ83

Emergency Repair Work to Fire Damaged Highway 1 near Stinson

Caltrans is conducting emergency roadway repair work along Highway 1, south of Stinson Beach, during weekdays from 7AM - 6PM. One-way traffic control will be in place to provide motorists safe passage through the work zone. The estimated completion date for project is summer 2021.

MEETINGS & EVENTS

10/12: Executive Committee Meetings
10/19: Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting
10/22: Board of Commissioners Meeting
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