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Monterey Peninsula Fixed Guideway Service

  Project Benefits  
Improves access between Monterey and Salinas
Improves access to San Francisco and
San Jose
Facilitates access to jobs, health care, shopping
Provides alternative to traffic congestion
Reduces commuter stress
Promotes economic development around stations
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July 28, 2010

The Monterey Peninsula Fixed Guideway Service will provide light rail transit service using the existing Monterey Branch Line alignment, which was purchased by the Transportation Agency in 2003 for $9.3 million. The 16 mile corridor extends between Monterey and Castroville on the publicly owned tracks adjacent to Highway 1. The first phase of the project will run between Monterey and north Marina with key stations in Monterey, Seaside, Sand City, Marina/CSUMB, and connecting bus service to Pacific Grove and Carmel to the south and Salinas to the east. Later phases will extend service to the planned commuter rail station in Castroville and increase the frequency of trains. TAMC is currently in the environmental review process for this project.

Unfortunately, the project currently lacks funding, and has been delayed until TAMC can secure the funds needed to complete the environmental review, design, and construction.

Cost Estimate
Total Project Cost Range: $164,400,000

Annual Estimated Operating Cost: $3,700,000
Current Stage
Environmental Review
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Contact Information
Ariana Green is the Transportation Agency's Branch Line contact person. If you have any questions, she can be reached at (831) 775-4403, or via email at

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