2011 Excellence Awards Recipients

2011 Transportation Excellence Honorees are:


Mari Lynch:

Ms. Lynch started the Bicycling Monterey website, an information hub for bicycling in Monterey County.  She also created the “HER” Helmet Thursday program, an ecology-economy partnership project in which bicyclists are given discounts when visiting local businesses on Thursdays.  Ms. Lynch is a major supporter of annual bike week events and is an advocate for local and regional bicycling issues, hoping to encourage more people to bicycle

Assemblymember Luis Alejo and Teresa Acuña

Assemblymember Alejo was instrumental in first sponsoring Assembly Bill 484, and then later serving as principal co-author of Senate Bill 436, to help streamline the habitat mitigation process.  Teresa Acuña of the assemblymember’s office was the lead staff person in the effort.  The passage of SB 436 will help to save the state money by allowing state agencies to transfer both the land and endowments needed to protect habitat as mitigation for impacts from transportation projects to non-profit organizations. SB 436 will directly impact projects in Monterey County projects such as the interchange at Highway 1 / Salinas Road, the Prunedale Improvement Project, and Highway 101 / San Juan Road interchange.



CHISPA, Inc. “Do You Really Need A Car?” Campaign:

This campaign encourages the residents of CHISPA’s largest development, Sherwood Village Senior Apartments in Salinas, to consider parting with their automobiles.   The video, “Do You Really Need a Car?”, recommends that residents take the bus, walk, bicycle, carpool, rent a car, and use taxi services. The video also describes the MST bus lines that serve Sherwood Village. As new tenants sign leases in the property, they are shown the video and are given a brochure on alternative forms of transportation.


Monterey Salinas Transit, Military Bus Service:

Monterey-Salinas Transit’s new partnerships with the Naval Postgraduate School, Presidio of Monterey, and Fort Hunter Liggett resulted in the creation of an extensive commuter bus operation, which is enjoyed by the military and the general public. Sixteen military commuter bus routes operate around the Monterey Peninsula and points beyond.  Combined monthly ridership for all sixteen military commuter bus routes has grown to over 42,000.



Big Sur – Highway 1 Slide Repair Caltrans – District 5:

Caltrans’ quick action and efficient work allowed vehicles to resume traveling on Highway 1 in record time after multiple mudslides occurred on both northbound and southbound Highway 1 in Big Sur. These mudslides temporarily closed sections of Highway 1 for days at a time. Within a short amount of time, Caltrans was able to reopen one lane at a time to allow traffic to pass during certain hours of the day.


Airport Blvd Interchange East Project:  Caltrans – District 5 & Pavex:

The completed project vastly improves safety for cars and trucks traveling in the area and provides needed traffic congestion relief.  This project facilitates the movement of 2,700 trucks per day transporting fresh vegetables to the rest of the nation, supporting a more than $4 billion a year agricultural industry. Overall, the project will address almost 75% of the congestion in the area over the next 10-15 years, and was constructed in record time.



Theresa Wright is the Transportation Agency for Monterey County Transportation Excellence Awards Program contact person. If you have any questions, you can reach her at (831) 775-0903, or via email at: theresa@tamcmonterey.org