2014 Excellence Awards Recipients

Homer Bosserman Jr., CHP Volunteer

Homer Bosserman Jr. has been a volunteer for the Monterey Area CHP for the past 14 years, and on June 20, 2014 Homer celebrated his 100th birthday at the California Highway Patrol’s Monterey Area Office. Homer’s duties entail filing citations, citation log book entry and stamping collision cards. Homer helps out around the office with miscellaneous duties, putting in 4 hours of volunteer work twice a week. The Monterey Area CHP is truly lucky for having Homer volunteer his time, and his life experience. Homer

 Susana Cruz, Caltrans Public Affairs

 Susana Cruz has handled public and legislative affairs for Caltrans District 5 in the Monterey Bay Area for the past 12 years. She has been closely involved in many large-scale projects such as the US 101/Prunedale Improvement Project and the SR 1/Salinas Road interchange. She is also main contact/liaison for the Big Sur community and all the Caltrans maintenance, construction and permit projects along the coast highway. She was instrumental in keeping the community informed about the Rocky Creek viaduct repair and the Rain Rocks/Pitkins Curve projects from 2010 thru 2013. She is Caltrans bilingual translator/interpreter which has been invaluable for communication with Latino residents of Monterey County, especially in the Salinas Valley. She works cooperatively with TAMC staff, providing timely and accurate Project Reports every month.  Susana

  Chris Flescher, Active Transportation Advocate

 Chris Flescher has been a tireless advocate for alternative transportation, as well as, working towards improving transportation. He is the most active alternate member of the TAMC Bicycle-Pedestrian Facilities Advisory Committee; with an excellence attend record, attending whether the primary member is there or not. He is a member of the Salinas Traffic and Transportation Commission, and ably represents RailPac at the Rail Committee. Chris’ tireless advocacy provides a significant contribution to the improvement of transportation in, as well as, to and from Monterey County. Chris

Steve Price, Caltrans Maintenance and Operations

Steve has served the Caltrans District 5 area very well and is retiring from a distinguished career with Caltrans.  For the residents of District 5, Steve has consistently gone above and beyond to ensure the  safety and wellbeing of the traveling public along our Highways.  As Steve says, it is “a real challenge managing a highway on the moving edge of a continent.”  Through wildfires, mudslides, road failures, raining rocks, disappearing pavement, rampant pampas grass, water overflowing highways, falling trees and any other challenge that Mother Nature can send our way, Steve has worked tirelessly to protect the residents of Monterey County and worked at all hours to keep our highways open. Steve

Bernard Green, Active Transportation Advocate

Mr. Green is recognized for his creative and tireless work to promote Transportation Demand Management (TDM) techniques on CSUMB’s campus and throughout Monterey County.  MST/CSUMB fund Bernard’s position as a way to encourage student professional development and coordinate transportation outreach efforts to approximately 6700 students and over 1000 staff and faculty. Although this is a paid, part time, 20 hours per week position, Bernard dedicates many more hours to his work on campus and throughout the County. Bernard

Moving Forward 2035 Monterey Bay MTP, AMBAG

The Moving Forward 2035 Monterey Bay MTP/SCS is the blueprint for a regional transportation system that further enhances our quality of life, promotes sustainability, and offers more mobility options for people and goods. The 2035 MTP/SCS contains a diversity of transportation projects and programs that will provide residents and visitors with a variety of travel choices. The 2035 MTP/SCS is built on an integrated set of public policies, strategies, and investments to maintain, manage, and improve the transportation system so it meets the diverse needs of our changing region through 2035. MovingForward

Free to Learn, MST and Monterey Bay Aquarium

The MST-Free to Learn program is a collaboration between the Monterey Salinas Transit and the Monterey Bay Aquarium to provide free transportation and admission for low-income constituencies, including families, youth at risk, seniors, veterans, foster families, and people with disabilities by partnering with nonprofit and government agencies who serve them. For many, the cost of travel or lack of reliable transport can be a barrier to traveling to Monterey to visit the aquarium. Since the fall of 2012, the aquarium has arranged free transport via MST for 5,079 children and adults from 20 nonprofit organizations throughout the MST service area. FreeToLearn

City of Marina Roundabouts-Reservation Road Improvements

The Reservation Road Improvement Project was a collaborative effort between the City of Marina and the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District (MPRPD) to improve vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle access through this gateway into Central Marina. With a grant from the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District and further funding through Public Facility Impact Fees, the $2.4 million project provided two new roundabouts at the Reservation Road intersections with Seaside Circle and Lake Drive. Improvements also include new pedestrian crossings at the roundabout intersections, improved bicycle access throughout the project site, as well as new pedestrian facilities (concrete sidewalk) connecting Central Marina to the Marina Branch Library and Beach Road Shopping Center. Marina

Prunedale Improvement Project

The landmark $225 million Prunedale Improvement Project provides safer access for residents and reduces congestion for 60,000 to 80,000 vehicles each day. The project upgraded a 13-mile segment of U.S. Highway 101 from Russell/Espinoza Road to just north of Echo Valley Road. The project constructed new interchanges at Crazy Horse Canyon Road and Sala Road, a new undercrossing for Espinosa Road and Russell Road, a new overcrossing for Blackie interchange, made various local road improvements, and installed a concrete median barrier at various locations throughout the project limits, permanently removing left turns across U.S. Highway 101. PIP

 Monterey County Mobility Coalition

 The Monterey County Mobility Coalition is a privately-funded volunteer committee of community volunteers that spearheaded the passage of Measure Q protecting vital transit services for seniors, veterans and the disabled. The committee was comprised of representatives from Alliance on Aging, LandWatch Monterey County, Monterey County Business Council, Monterey County Hospitality Association, United Veterans Council and more than 60 other endorsers from all sectors of the community. It relied entirely on private contributions for the resources to get the message out to voters with mailers, signs and other campaign materials. MSTMobility

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