November/December 2020

Solutions for Congested Corridors Program Funds Final Marin Sonoma Narrows Segment

On December 2, the California Transportation Commission approved $40.1 million for the final highway segment of the Marin-Sonoma Narrows Project from the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program (SCCP). This section of the project, known as B7, will widen the roadway to 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. When the Marin-Sonoma Narrows Project is complete, there will be a 50-mile HOV lane network from north of the Golden Gate Bridge to Santa Rosa.

The CTC action approved funding that totaled $500 million for seven SCCP projects, along with $1.6 billion for two of the other SB1 competitive programs.  Among the seven SCCP projects selected was the MSN Project B7 Contract with an award of $40.1 million. The previous cycle of funding in the SCCP Program also recognized the importance of the Marin-Sonoma Narrows Project and awarded $84.7 million for 6.6 miles of carpool lanes for the final Sonoma County Segment, currently under construction.

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North-South Greenway Construction Contractor Selected

The North-South Greenway Project moves one step closer to construction. Caltrans has awarded the construction contract for the North-South Greenway Gap Closure Project in Larkspur and construction is slated to begin in early 2021. The project will span the Corte Madera Creek with a 12-foot wide multi-use path, replacing the existing 4-foot wide pathway, and will fill a major gap in the bicycle/pedestrian network. This project has been a top priority for TAM and will expand the bicycle/pedestrian link between northern and southern Marin. 

Francisco Blvd. East and West - Active Transportation Updates

The City of San Rafael and their construction crews have been hard at work upgrading the pedestrian and bicycle facilities on both Francisco Blvd. East and Francisco Blvd. West. On Francisco Blvd. East, crews are widening portions of the existing sidewalk to create a multi-use pathway - a significant improvement over the existing narrow sidewalk. On Francisco Blvd. West, a Class IV separated cycle track extends the multi-use pathway network from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal area to Downtown San Rafael!
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San Rafael Transit Center Relocation Project Updates 

As part of a multi-year process to develop a new transit center for San Rafael, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District continues their public outreach effort to help identify a new downtown transit center site. The fifth public meeting for the relocation of the San Rafael Transit Center was held on November 19 via Zoom. You can view the recorded Zoom meeting and the presentation, and you can take the survey and/or responde la encuesta.

MTC Releases Annual Pavement Condition Index (PCI) Report

MTC recently released their annual Pavement Condition Index Report for the 2019 year. The report grades Bay Area roads on a 100-point scale. Marin County scored a "66" overall based on 2,060 miles of roads. This is ranked as "Fair" within the report. Individual cities and towns are listed in the report as well. The complete report can be viewed here, and has data that goes back to 2006. It is a short and interesting read to see how the various municipalities and counties are faring in keeping up their roadways.

Clipper START Pilot Program Now Available - 50% Eligible Rider Discounts on Transit Services in Marin County and Beyond

TAM, MTC and transit agencies throughout the Bay Area are pleased to announce the launch of Clipper START, a pilot program that offers single-ride discounts of up to 50% on major Bay Area transit systems for eligible riders. Bay Area residents age 19-64 who meet certain income requirements can apply for the program. Clipper START single-ride discounts are:

  • 50% off Caltrain, Marin Transit, Muni, Golden Gate Transit & Ferry, SMART, San Francisco Bay Ferry
  • 20% off BART, Petaluma Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus, Sonoma County Transit

Visit to see the online application and learn more about the program.

Local Election Results

During this busy election season, several local and state measures were approved related to transportation or infrastructure. These include:

  • Novato’s Measure Q was passed for general city services, including local COVID-19 crisis and economic relief/recovery, 9-1-1 emergency response, and repairing potholes/streets. It increases Novato’s existing transient occupancy tax by 2% (paid only by hotel/lodging guests), until ended by voters, providing an additional $400,000 annually.
  • San Rafael’s Measure R was passed to preserve essential city services, including disaster/health emergency preparedness, repairing potholes/city streets, maintaining 911 emergency response times, city parks/playgrounds, and other city services. It increases the local sales tax rate by ¼%, for 9 years, providing $3,400,000 per year.
  • Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) Measure DD was passed to renew an existing 0.25% sales tax for 20 years. Provides $26 million a year for street repairs, pedestrian safety and expanded public transportation.
  • Caltrain Measure RR was approved by voters in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties, which will provide Caltrain its first ever source of dedicated funding. The measure will allow a 1/8-cent sales tax increase in those counties and will raise an estimated $108 million annually for 30 years.
  • Statewide Prop 22 passed, allowing Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and other similar companies to continue to consider drivers to be contractors rather than employees.

TAM Wishes You a Safe & Happy
Holiday Season

The County of Marin has published a thorough guide of tips for staying safe and has a website dedicated to COVID-19 information. Please visit it frequently for the most up-to-date information.

December Meetings are Cancelled
      Enjoy Your Holiday Season!

1/11/2021: Executive Committee Meetings
1/19/2021: Citizens' Oversight Committee
1/28/2021: Board of Commissioners Meeting
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