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April 2020
The Transportation Authority of Marin staff and partners wish you health and safety as we work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
NEWS TO KEEP YOU MOVING

Financial Relief for Transit Agencies Included in Federal Stimulus Bill

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the largest piece of legislation ever signed into law and provides an estimated $2 trillion to alleviate the financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. CARES provides $25 billion for hard hit transit systems, including $1.3 billion for Bay Area transit agencies that have experienced unprecedented ridership and revenue losses caused by the outbreak and subsequent shelter-in-place orders.
On Wednesday, April 22, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission is scheduled to allocate more than $780 million to Bay Area transit agencies, as the first of two distributions. The remainder of the funding will be programmed by MTC in future months as further transit revenue impacts become clearer.  The funding is allocated based on existing formulas and the first distribution to Marin agencies is expected to include approximately $5.4m to Marin Transit, $10.4m to SMART and $30.1m to Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.

Read MTC’s recent
news release for the full distribution to Bay Area transit systems.

Marin County Transit Agencies Adjust Schedules Significantly


The COVID-19 health crisis has had enormous impact on our lives and our travel patterns.  Local transit agencies are designated essential services, and as such, continue to provide a critical link to people who need to get to and from essential service jobs. However, with so many people sheltering in place and/or working from home, transit ridership is significantly reduced. Transit agencies are continuing to adjust their schedules and are requiring social distancing for the safety of passengers and drivers. In addition to social distancing, a recent Marin County health order also requires wearing face coverings while riding transit, and in other settings requiring interaction with others. Please visit transit agency websites for up-to-date schedules and safety precaution requirements.
--> Marin Transit
--> Golden Gate Transit - Bus and Ferry
--> SMART

Visit 511.org for a complete list of Bay Area transit agencies and the changes to service while Shelter In Place remains in effect.
We Still Have Reasons to Celebrate.
2020 is a Milestone Year for Earth Day, SR2S, and TAM!

Even during this challenging time we can find comfort in our community coming together to support each other, and we can celebrate key milestones of positive events, ideas and programs.

Earth Day Turns 50!
Fifty years ago on April 22, 1970 the first Earth Day was celebrated. We're proud of TAM's environmental commitment with our many programs that support the greening of our transportation network - programs such as Safe Routes to Schools, alternative fuels and electric vehicle programs, partnerships with transit agencies, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and more. Check out a short video and slideshow that we've developed as part of TAM's pride in supporting Earth Day today, and every day.
Safe Routes to Schools Turns 20!
Twenty years ago, Safe Routes to Schools started in Marin County as a pilot program and it is now national program in all 50 states. The Marin SR2S program directly touches the lives of more than 26,000 students in 58 schools! The program includes education, encouragement and skills training, the crossing guard program, and school-related travel infrastructure improvement projects.

TAM Turns 15!
Fifteen years ago, TAM was created to administer the 2004 voter-approved 1/2-cent Transportation Sales Tax (subsequently extended in 2018). Since that time, TAM has helped fund a wide range of critical transportation improvements including major road projects, local transit and senior transit, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and programs to improve the health and safety of our school children. Thank you Marin residents for your ongoing participation and support of our projects and programs.
View the Earth Day Video
View the Earth Day Animated Side Deck
UPDATES
Safe Routes to Schools Program Adapts to Keeping Children Active at Home
 

Safe Routes to Schools, a program of the Transportation Authority of Marin, continues to fully support our school communities with distance learning activities to promote the physical and emotional well-being of students. SR2S is committed to helping teachers and parents by providing resources to engage active minds and bodies now and into the future. Task Forces that would have normally met in person will continue to meet online.

In April, Safe Routes to Schools is providing a Walk and Roll – Art and Poetry contest letting kids exercise their imaginations while staying at home. In May, a Walk and Roll Recess Challenge will be rolled out promoting physical activity within homes and local neighborhoods.  Meanwhile, Safe Routes to Schools is recording Webinars of pedestrian and bicycle safety classes to continue this instruction as part of the Physical Education curriculum taught in schools. Check out the latest newsletter from Marin County Safe Routes to Schools - it has details on the contests, Task Force meeting dates, a new fleet of bikes for teaching riding skills, and more!
Read the SR2S Newsletter with Info on SIP Programs & Participation
TAM Board Meetings - How To Participate During Shelter In Place 

In compliance with local and state shelter-in-place orders, the upcoming TAM Board of Commissioners’ meeting will not be providing an in-person meeting location for the public to attend.  The Commission will meet via Zoom and members of the public are encouraged to participate remotely. Please view the TAM calendar and meeting agenda for details on how to participate and comment. The next TAM Board meeting is on Thursday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m.

TAM Annual Report for 2019 Released 


The TAM 2019 Annual Report has been released. The Annual Report details TAM's progress in delivering the local 1⁄2-Cent Transportation Sales Tax and Vehicle Registration Fee projects and programs. It also provides a status update of priority transportation projects in Marin County.
Download the TAM 2019 Annual Report
Shelter in Place Reporting and Photos

How Are We Doing? Cell Phone Data Shows Relative Shelter In Place Success


Using cell phone data collected, an interactive website has been developed that shows how well people are socially distancing and staying at home. View the scoreboard to see how Marin County is doing relative to other counties.

Photos of Silence 

The images of our roads far less traveled are quite compelling. MTC has posted a photo gallery of the current scenery and a video salute to essential workers. It brings sharp focus to the infrastructure that keeps a world of people moving. These images remind us that there is a vast network of facilities and means of moving us all to and from work, school, errands, family, and recreation.

A heartfelt "THANK YOU!" to all the essential workers for your dedication to the well-being of our community.  We will get through this together! 
MEETINGS & EVENTS

4/23/20: Board of Commissioners Meeting
5/11/20: Executive Committee Meetings
5/28/20: Board of Commissioners Meeting

 
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