January 2020

TAM Expands Lyft $5 Incentive Program to Include New Downtown Novato and Larkspur SMART Stations!

TAM is pleased to announce the expansion of the partnership with Lyft and Whistlestop to provide up to $5-off shared Lyft rides to and from all SMART stations in Marin County, including the new Downtown Novato and Larkspur SMART stations.
The incentive program has proven to be a popular option, providing thousands of rides for passengers to get to and from SMART stations without needing to drive their personal vehicle.
To participate in the program, riders can download the Lyft app or call Whistlestop if they do not have a smartphone and/or need to arrange transportation in a wheelchair accessible vehicle.
Get Complete Program Information HERE!

TAM Projects Early 2020 Updates

Every six months TAM staff provides detailed major project updates to the TAM Board in addition to periodic project milestone updates. At the January meeting this six-month project status report was presented including information on the following: 
  • Marin-Sonoma Narrows
  • North-South Greenway Gap Closure
  • Class IV Bikeway on the I-580 Sir Francis Drake Off-Ramp
  • Bellam Blvd. Off-Ramp Improvement from Northbound US-101
  • Northbound US-101 to Eastbound I-580 Direct Connector
  • Improvements to US-101 Interchanges
You can read complete staff report here for complete details. Updates to projects with major milestones are also periodically posted on the TAM website throughout the life of the projects.
View the January 2020 Project Status Report

20 Years of Safe Routes to Schools in Marin County!

Twenty years ago the Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) program was launched in Marin County, inspired by two visionary advocates. SR2S is now a national movement with the sole goal of helping to get kids to and from school in an active, safe, and healthy manner. TAM has been providing funding and support for this important program since 2004 - when TAM was created with the original, voter approved 1/2-cent transportation sales tax.  
Here in Marin, thanks to the voter-supported transportation sales tax and vehicle registration fee, Safe Routes to Schools has a robust and growing program. SR2S elements include,
  • crossing guard program with 96 guards at school intersections around the county,
  • comprehensive active (walking, biking, scooters, etc.) and green (carpools, walking school buses, etc.) transportation curriculum taught in the schools, including bilingual curriculum
  • targeted programs for teens (Teens Go Green), and
  • hundreds of infrastructure projects completed ($6.6M awarded in Safe Pathways funding) awarded last year for example) to support a safe environment for the many thousands of school children here in the county.
Ten years ago an article was published that profiled the first decade of Safe Routes to Schools and Deb Hubsmith, who was the visionary founder of the program with Wendi Kallins. While Deb is no longer with us (she passed in 2015) her legacy and vision has impacted many tens of thousands of school children and their families here in Marin County as well as millions of children across the nation.

If you want to stay even more connected to the Marin County Safe Routes to Schools program, check out their most recent newsletter and see what's happening in a school near you!

Marin Commutes - More Options Than Ever in 2020!

What better way to start 2020 than easing your commute? With growing transportation options all around Marin County, Marin Commutes keeps you informed about local programs and offers to ease your commute. Making the switch from driving alone even one day a week can improve your well-being, reduce stress, save money, and contribute to cleaner air and a healthier environment.
TAM offers a variety of incentives to make your commute better, including a $5 off coupon on a Lyft shared ride to or from SMART stations in Marin County, vanpool incentive program, and emergency rides home that include a reimbursement up to $125 per event ($500 maximum per year) to help ensure that you're never stranded in the event of an emergency.

Plan Bay Area 2050 - Planning Marin's Transportation Future

2050 may be several decades away, but the planning process and list of projects that will help to shape how residents of Marin County get to and from the places that they need to go is already in motion. Long-range planning efforts can take decades with the goal of shaping sustainable and healthy communities. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are required to develop a Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy. TAM is participating in the process. A presentation was given at the January 23 Board of Commissioners meeting. The staff report contains detailed background on the process and the list of potential Marin County projects to be included in the plan. TAM will provide more details as this process continues to move forward.

Marin Connect to Expand Service and Change Fees

On February 3, Marin Connect, will have an expanded service area to include downtown San Rafael, and areas in Santa Venetia, Marinwood, and Lucas Valley. Marin Connect was initiated May 2018 and is Marin Transit’s first on-demand, fully accessible transit service. The service expansion is based on feedback received from riders. Fares for the service have also been adjusted. 
Details on Fares and New Service Area including a Map

$12 Sail and Rail Combo Pack

SMART is partnering with the Golden Gate Ferry to offer discounted fares to use the ferry and the train to travel between Sonoma, Marin, and San Francisco. For a flat rate of $12, riders can purchase a one-way combo ticket for travel on the Larkspur ferry and SMART.

The new combo ticket is valid for travel during non-commute hours and weekend trips. Click for more details on hours, ticket purchasing and additional promotions.

2/10/20: Executive Committee Meetings
2/27/20: Board of Commissioners Meeting

3/9/20:   Executive Committee Meetings
3/16/20: Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting

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