May/June 2021

North-South Greenway over Corte Madera Creek Making Progress

Crews are installing support columns (official name: Cast-in-Drilled-Hole (CIDH) piles) for the future 12-foot bike path over Corte Madera Creek. The path will remain open during construction with occasional closures announced in advance. View the project website for more details.

Moving Forward: Biking & Walking Facilities and Resources 

We hope you have the opportunity to ride or walk the many pathways and active transportation facilities here in Marin County. TAM recognizes the importance of funding and improving routes for bicyclists and pedestrians in our effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), promote transportation equity, and improve health. Check-out the presentation from the May TAM Board meeting that celebrated Bike Month and highlighted programs, projects, and progress for active transportation in Marin. Did you know that you can view the entire network of bicycle facilities on the TAM website? Click here to explore an online map. Note: this map is for informational purposes only and not intended for navigation. 

TAM Crossing Guard of the Year

For the past nine years TAM has selected a Crossing Guard of the Year, and this year we are thrilled to present this honor to David Houston, a crossing guard at the Ross School. David helps keep students safe and drivers aware at the small, yet quite active intersection of Shady Lane and Lagunitas Road. He was presented his award by Ross Town Councilmember and TAM Board member Beach Kuhl as well as Ross School District Superintendent, Michael McDowell, Ed.D. We appreciate the group of dedicated Crossing Guards who help to make street crossings safe for Marin students! View a few photos and a video of David in fulfilling his Crossing Guard duties. The Crossing Guard Program currently funds guards at 97 intersections, and is funded through the 2018 voter-approved Measure AA Transportation Sales Tax renewal.

TAM Draft Budget and Strategic Plan Available for Review and Comment

On May 27, the TAM Board reviewed the Annual Budget and Strategic Plan and released these items for a 30-day public review and comment period. Public hearings will be held for both documents at the TAM Board meeting on June 24 and the TAM Board will consider adoption. The Annual Budget provides a yearly (short-term) view of TAM's upcoming activities, while the Strategic Plan provides a long-range view.

Denise Merleno, Executive Assistant Extraordinaire, Retires from TAM

As the second employee hired by TAM, and after 15 years of dedicated service, Denise Merleno is retiring. Denise has been indispensable to the efficient functioning of the agency through her expert management of meeting materials and packets, project meetings, and as an endless resource of agency history and information. Denise worked steadily, calmly, and efficiently to make life at TAM easier and better for staff, board members, agency partners and community members alike.

We wish Denise the happiest of times in her well-deserved retirement!

New TAM Citizens' Oversight Committee Members Appointed

The Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC) is an advisory body that is responsible for the review of Measure A (2004), Measure AA (2018) and Measure B (2010) revenues and expenditures of TAM. COC members provide a wide range of knowledge and experience in finance, business, public and environmental policy, community engagement, active transportation, and transportation management. On May 27, the TAM Board of Commissioners appointed the following eight oversight committee members:

  • Member: Mr. Charley Vogt, Northern Marin Planning Area
  • Alternate: Ms. Veda Florez, Northern Marin Planning Area
  • Member: Mr. Jeffery Olson, Central Marin Planning Area
  • Member: Ms. Kate Powers, Environmental Organizations
  • Alternate: Ms. Nancy Okada, Environmental Organizations
  • Member: Mr. Zack Macdonald, School Districts
  • Member: Mr. Stephen Burke, Southern Marin Planning Area
  • Alternate: Ms. Debbie Alley, Southern Marin Planning Area

More information on the appointees and on the COC can be found here.


TAM Helps Fund San Rafael and Mill Valley Major Road Improvement Projects 

Two major roads in Marin County are set to receive significant upgrades in the near term as TAM has allocated local funding to both the City of San Rafael's Third Street Rehabilitation Project and Mill Valley's East Blithedale Avenue Rehabilitation Project.

In San Rafael, approximately $11.7M in local transportation sales tax funding will go towards improvements on Third Street and a portion of Second Street. The project extends from the intersection of Fourth Street, at the west end of the project, to Union Street, across from Montecito Plaza, at the east end of the project. The project will create roadway, pedestrian, and bicycle improvements, including street resurfacing, curb ramps, sidewalks, raised intersections through the downtown core, storm drains, traffic signal upgrades, bulb-outs for improved pedestrian visibility, narrowing travel lanes and adding trees. The project will also reconfigure the roadway between West Street and Shaver Street to allow room for an eight-foot-wide Class IV cycle track on the south side of Second Street with a dedicated sidewalk for pedestrians. Project construction is expected to begin in summer 2021.  View the project webpage for more details.

In Mill Valley, approximately $1.2M in local transportation sales tax funding will support rehabilitating East Blithedale Avenue to restore aging infrastructure and improve multimodal access to local residential, school, and business areas. Phase 1 is expected to begin construction this summer and will include improvements from Highway 101 to Camino Alto. The project scope includes repaving roadways, repairing damaged curb, gutter, and sidewalks, replacing non-ADA compliant curb ramps, upgrading existing traffic signals, and improving bicycle and pedestrian mobility and safety. View the project webpage for more details.

Marin-Sonoma Narrows Project Continues to Advance 

MTC has programmed nearly $76M to enable TAM and Caltrans to continue advancing the final segment of US-101 for the  Marin-Sonoma Narrows Project. This section of the project, known as B7, will build the final portion of carpool lanes from Novato to the Marin/Sonoma County line. The B7 project will build 3.5 miles of northbound carpool lanes and 6 miles of southbound carpool lanes to fill the gap and complete the overall 17-mile corridor. The project is identified for funding in Regional Measure 3 (RM3); however, the RM3 funding is being held in escrow due to ongoing litigation. The MTC funding provides a backstop to RM3 and enables TAM and Caltrans to continue moving toward construction while the litigation is considered in the courts.

Construction for the B7 project is targeted to begin in early 2022 with substantial completion by the end of 2024. At an overall cost of $762M, the 17-mile Marin-Sonoma Narrows project has been constructed in a series of contracts as funding became available. When the Marin-Sonoma Narrows Project is complete, there will be a continuous 50-mile carpool lane network from north of the Golden Gate Bridge to Santa Rosa.
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Video: San Rafael Celebrates Public Works

The City of San Rafael created a cool video highlighting the important work done by their public works and maintenance staff. Their crews are hard at work every day keeping San Rafael parks, roads, and public spaces clean, safe, and enjoyable! Way to go San Rafael!

Draft EIR for Plan Bay Area 2050 Released - Public Comment Sought

After three years of public discussion and technical work, The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Plan Bay Area 2050 on Wednesday, May 26. Plan Bay Area 2050 is a long-range plan charting the course for the future of the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The Draft EIR for Plan Bay Area 2050 has been released for a public comment period that will run through 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 20, 2021. You can find more information on the Draft EIR and how to comment here and view the presentation from the May 27 Board meeting. Workshop webinars will be provided for more information. The Plan Bay Area 2050 North Bay workshop webinar is scheduled on June 30 at noon.

Learn About Link21 at Upcoming Workshops

Link21 is a long-range transportation program that aims to transform the passenger rail network serving the 21-county Northern California Megaregion, which includes the greater San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay area, the Sacramento area, and the Northern San Joaquin Valley. Link21 is developing plans to make it more convenient for people to take BART and Regional Rail (commuter, intercity, and high-speed) throughout the region.
Learn more about Link21 and their goal to create new connections and streamline existing service to help bridge the gap between affordable housing and high-quality jobs. Join one of their live, online public workshops. The first workshop is June 17 and additional workshops will be scheduled around the 21-county Megaregion throughout June and into the summer. Sign-up for updates and join any meeting that’s convenient for you.

Clipper Card Now Accepts Both Apple Pay and Google Pay!

Last month Clipper Card announced a new app as well as the ability to pay for your transit rides with Apple Pay. Now Google Pay has been added so that you can use either your iPhone or Android phone to help you get from one place to another. Visit the Clipper Card site for more information and instructions on how to use touchless payments as a way to ride into the future.


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6/24: Board of Commissioners Meeting
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