Transportation Agency for Monterey County

Rail Policy Committee

The Rail Policy Committee advises the Transportation Agency for Monterey County Board on matters related to the reestablishment of passenger rail service in Monterey County.


The Rail Policy Committee is composed of TAMC Board Members or their alternates from the following jurisdictions on the rail lines: Cities of Salinas, Marina, Sand City, Seaside, and Monterey, Supervisorial District 1, Supervisorial District 2, Supervisorial District 4, and Supervisorial District 5. The Chair shall appoint annually one representative to the Committee from South Monterey County, either the 3rd District County Supervisor or a voting TAMC Board member from one of the South Monterey County Cities. The TAMC Chair may appoint annually ex-officio members to the Committee as needed to include but not be limited to Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST), Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG), City of Watsonville, Caltrans, the National Steinbeck Center, and the Monterey County Hospitality Association (MCHA).

At present, two corridors are under study; Salinas to San Jose via Gilroy, and service to the Monterey Peninsula. TAMC  owns the rail right-of-way for the Monterey Branch Line, which extends from Castroville to Seaside.

Christina Watson is the TAMC Rail Policy Committee contact person. If you have any questions, you can reach her at (831) 775-4406, or via email at: christina (at) tamcmonterey (dot) org