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February/March 2021
NEWS TO KEEP YOU MOVING

Take the Marin-Sonoma Bike Share Survey to Help ID Bike Parking Locations

TAM, Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) and Bolt Mobility are seeking input via an online survey to help identify bike share parking locations. The Marin-Sonoma Bike Share Pilot Program will include 300 electric bikes near SMART stations. TAM is asking community members and partners to take this short survey in English or en Español. (Click on globe icon at top of survey for Spanish.)

The survey will be open through Friday, March 19, 2021 but early feedback is encouraged. Input from the survey will be used in addition to technical analysis to determine locations for the initial system roll out and potential future phases.
 
This project is funded by an $826,000 grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to provide bike sharing at and around SMART stations in the cities of Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Petaluma, Novato, San Rafael, and Larkspur. More information about the program can also be found on the TAM website at www.tam.ca.gov/bikeshare.
Take the Survey / Responde a la Encuesta

TAM Reviews Current Practices in Transportation Equity, Looks Forward

Since its inception in 2004, TAM has sought to advance equity and provide mobility for all in Marin County. This goal was reflected in the 2003 Vision Plan which led to the passage of Measure A, the original ½-Cent Transportation Sales Tax, in 2004, and is a key element of the recent 2017 Vision Plan and TAM’s mission statement:

“TAM is dedicated to making the most of Marin County transportation dollars and creating an efficient and effective transportation system that promotes mobility and accessibility by providing a variety of high-quality transportation options to all users” 

In June 2020, the TAM Board discussed transportation impacts resulting from the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and requested staff to focus on equity. Over the course of 2020, staff conducted an internal review of TAM’s current equity practices and efforts and coordinated with partner agencies regarding advancing equity. This review was presented at the February 25 Board of Commissioners meeting. You can view the staff report and presentation here and review how an equity framework and approach might look.

Additional Federal Funding Supplements Transportation Funding in 2021

In December 2020, Congress passed an additional round of COVID relief legislation including $900 billion of stimulus funding in response to the economic hardship caused by the pandemic.  The COVID relief funding was combined with a $1.4 trillion year-end spending bill for a total $2.3 trillion funding package titled the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).

The bill provides $14 billion in supplemental funding to public transit to offset the massive drop in revenue experienced by transit agencies throughout the country. Approximately $982 million is expected to be available for Bay Area transit agencies. At their meeting in March, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission is planning to bring a proposal for distribution of the CRRSAA funding for regional transit agencies, including Golden Gate Transit, Marin Transit and SMART. Additionally, the California Transportation Commission will be considering distribution options for CRRSAA funding coming to the state - which represents an additional funding opportunity for Bay Area projects.
PROJECT UPDATES

Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) Winter
2020-2021 Newsletter Now Available

The TAM SR2S team has been hard at work during the pandemic to provide remote learning materials and activities, help students reduce screen time and increase exercise, and the team has modified the program to ensure everyone's safety as in-person learning resumes. Please take a look at the SR2S winter newsletter to learn more about SR2S activities as well as current bicycle/pedestrian projects. 

TAM Project Status Report Available: Get the Latest on Active and Planned Projects

TAM staff periodically provides updates on the status and progress of the many projects that are sponsored and/or funded by TAM. Get the latest updates on the following projects:

  • US-101 Marin-Sonoma Narrow Segments B7 and B8
  • North-South Greenway Gap Closure Project - Northern and Southern Segments
  • Class IV Bikeway on the I-580 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Off-Ramp
  • Bellam Boulevard Off-Ramp from Northbound US-101
  • Northbound US-101 to Eastbound I-580 Direct Connector
  • State Route 37
  • Highway 101 Interchanges and Approaching Roadways Study
  • Marin County US-101 Part Time Transit Lane Study
  • Alternative Fuels Program

North-South Greenway Construction Begins!

Construction has started for the northern segment of the North-South Greenway Gap Closure Project over the Corte Madera Creek. This long-awaited project will close a key gap in the bicycle/pedestrian network between southern and central Marin County. The existing pathway over the creek will largely remain open during construction with occasional closures for nighttime work and construction activity over the path. Advance notice will be provided for closures, and TAM will provide updates on construction milestones as work progresses.

TAM Partner News

Free Transit to Vaccination Sites

Golden Gate Transit, Golden Gate Ferry, Marin Transit, and SMART are proving free transit trips to and from vaccination sites for community members with appointments. All three agencies are offering free rides by bus, train, and boat in both directions to mass vaccination sites, hospitals, or anywhere else that is offering vaccinations. 

To receive a free ride, customers should be ready to show physical or digital confirmation of their same-day vaccine appointment at time of boarding. This joint effort by Marin County transit agencies is aimed at reducing transportation and cost barriers for community members to receive the vaccine. 

A new drive-through clinic is now operating at the Larkspur Landing Ferry Terminal. Marin Transit is offering a shuttle to and from the Larkspur SMART station to the Ferry Terminal vaccine site for those with mobility issues. Those who prefer to walk from the station are permitted to access the site on foot or by bike. The new vaccine site can also accommodate paratransit vehicles.

More information on additional vaccination sites and appointment availability in Marin County can be found on the Marin County Health Department's vaccine webpage.

Harbor Bridge Project Weekend Closure of Northbound Central San Rafael Off-Ramp - March 19 to 21

On Monday, February 8, 2021, Caltrans started construction to replace Harbor Bridge over the San Rafael Canal on the northbound US-101 Central San Rafael off-ramp. The construction crew will use new and innovative construction technology to remove and replace the bridge structure on the current bridge footprint.  There will be a series of overnight ramp closures throughout the project, three weekend closures (55 hours), and several significant temporary lane shifts. Motorists are advised to drive with caution and follow all posted directional signs. The first 55-hour weekend closure is scheduled from Friday, March 19 at 10pm to Sunday, March 21 at 5am. Work activity includes installation of steel piles. For up-to-date project information, visit the Caltrans project website

Learn more about NB Central San Rafael ramp closures
MEETINGS & EVENTS

3/8: Executive Committee Meetings
3/15: Citizens' Oversight Committee Meeting
3/25: Board of Commissioners Meeting

 
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