US 101 South of Salinas

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The Transportation Agency has developed a dedicated website for the US Highway 101 South of Salinas project between the Main Street Overcrossing in Chualar and the Airport Boulevard Overcrossing in Salinas. The dedicated website provides information about the process for developing concept alternatives for the project. It also provides opportunities for public input at various steps in the process. The US 101 South of Salinas Safety Improvement Project is a Measure X funded project.  https://www.us101southofsalinas.com/

 


“More money – and more road improvements – are planned thanks to Measure X and SB 1.”

“For years, local transportation planners faced shrinking budgets, which meant road improvement projects were left by the wayside and traffic and road conditions only got worse. Two events in the past year are about to make Monterey County do a major U-turn, however, with more than $30 million a year expected to flow into transportation budgets to tackle projects from potholes to freeway expansions.

Currently, 38 improvements are slated for construction between 2018 and 2040, including a passenger rail extension from Silicon Valley to Salinas, a new Highway 156 interchange at Castroville Boulevard and a toll road expressway along 156, widening Highway 101 in Salinas from four to six lanes, adding roundabouts and wildlife corridors to Highway 68 between Monterey and Salinas, and bolstering bus service and transportation for seniors and disabled people.

The two events are now sources of cash from Measure X, the three-eighths-cent gas tax passed by Monterey County voters in 2016, and Senate Bill 1, a combination of new gas taxes and fees approved by the California State Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last April. Measure X is expected to raise $600 million over 30 years, according to the Transportation Agency for Monterey County, with 60 percent distributed to cities and the county for road maintenance and safety and 40 percent used for regional projects.

 SB 1 could bring in double that amount to Monterey County alone, TAMC estimates. The bill raised gas taxes for all California vehicle owners on Nov. 1 by 12 cents per gallon, 20 cents for diesel.

Starting Jan. 1, all owners will pay an annual transportation fee depending on the value of their vehicles. Vehicles worth less than $5,000 will pay $25 a year, while those over $60,000 will pay $175 a year. Monies raised will be distributed to local and regional projects through a combination of formula-based funds and competitive grants.

“Nobody wants new taxes, but the reality is Californians will pay more for unanticipated maintenance if we don’t move along and improve our infrastructure,” TAMC spokesperson Theresa Wright says. She calls the impact of the monies on Monterey County’s transportation infrastructure “significant,” meaning planners can accelerate needed projects over the next 22 years.”

To read the complete story written by Pam Marino, click onto the Monterey County Weekly at: http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/archives/2017/1221/more-money-and-more-road-improvements-are-planned-thanks-to/article_17497a60-e5d2-11e7-bf5b-031c325e064c.html

 

 

 


What Does the SB1 Gas Tax Mean for Monterey County?

SB1-the newly passed gas tax, known as the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017- is a transportation investment plan to rebuild California by fixing neighborhood streets, highways and bridges and targeting funds toward transit and congested trade and commute corridor improvements. This new funding for each community in Monterey County from the gas tax will enable us to address significant maintenance, rehabilitation and safety need on our local street and road system.

Of equal importance, funds from the gas tax will give us the ability to accelerate the construction of Measure X projects with matching funds from new SB1 programs. Click on the link to the flyer to view what SB1 funding means for Monterey County.

TAMC SB1 Flyer

 


KION TV “Transportation Agency Proposes Road Improvement Plan”

Steve Fundaro from KION TV reported that the Transportation Agency for Monterey County is proposing a series of improvement projects to improve safety and traffic flow.  The Agency has identified four areas of priorities: Highway 68 between Salinas and Monterey, the State Route 156/Castroville Boulevard interchange, US 101 south of Salinas, and Imjin Parkway in Marina. To read the complete story about who will pay for the improvements, and what needs to be happen for the plan to become a reality, click onto http://www.kionrightnow.com/news/local-news/transportation-agency-proposes-road-improvement-plan/40387582


Public Recognizes the Need to Invest in Transportation

Voters in Monterey County continue to recognize the need for investment in transportation improvements and appear willing tax themselves to do it according to survey conducted by EMC Research earlier this month. Four-in-five voters (79%) say there is at least some need for additional funding for Monterey County’s transportation network, with 44% saying there is a great need.

Support for a sales tax dedicated to local transportation needs has been consistently around the two-thirds needed for passage. Polling today has support at 66% yes and 26% no; an additional 4% lean yes and 1% lean no, consistent with polls from 2013, 2014, and 2015.

The Transportation Safety & Investment Plan, developed by the Agency with community stakeholders is a balanced plan that is equitable and meets the demand of fixing potholes and improving safety with an unprecedented 60% of the money going back to local jurisdictions and the remaining 40% for regional safety and mobility projects.

If approved by voters in November, the 3/8% transportation sales tax measure would raise approximately $20 million a year totaling $600 million over a 30 year period.  This funding would make a significant dent in the over $1 billion in unmet road repair needs and the over $1 billion in regional road safety and mobility project needs.

A summary of the survey conducted by EMC Research can be downloaded here:

 


“Sales Tax for Countywide Road Improvement Plan Approved”

KION Newschannel 5/46

Monterey County wants to move forward with plans to improve its damaged roads. The Transportation Agency $600 million sales tax measure was approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon.

The plan calls for a 3/8-cent sales tax hike over the next 30 years, all to be invested in county road maintenance and traffic safety. The approval was a big win for the Transportation Agency of Monterey County.

“This represents the culmination of 18 months’ worth of work bringing together people throughout the county that said these are the different pieces we need in this plan,” said Debbie Hale, Executive Director of TAMC.

The plan was developed over months and looks to address a wide range of projects and concerns; everything from public transportation to pedestrian safety to road repairs.

“It’s based on traffic volume, connections that are important to our agricultural community, important to our tourism community, and also important in terms of safety improvement, ” said Benny Young with the Monterey County Resource Agency.

According to county officials, the current local sales tax on gas is not enough to maintain existing roadways.

“And that’s one reason the roads are so banged up right now, and this would allow us the ability to invest in ourselves, ” said Young.

County officials also stressed that this isn’t a state or federal tax hike. It’s local money working for local projects, which is something the community supports.

‘We found that people really want something done, and they’re willing to invest in their local community, ” said Hale.

The next step comes in July, when the Board of Supervisors will decide whether the tax measure will be put on the November ballot.

To see the video clip of Steve Furndaro’s news story which aired on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, click onto:

http://www.kionrightnow.com/news/local-news/sales-tax-for-countywide-road-improvement-plan-approved/39479878.


LandWatch Board Unanimously Supports TAMC’s Safety & Investment Plan

The LandWatch Monterey County Board voted to unanimously support the Transportation Agency for Monterey County’s “Transportation Safety & Investment Plan.” The plan which would be funded through a 3/8-cent sales tax measure received the Board’s support because it addresses pressing needs, with 60% of the funding going to fix potholes and repair roads, along with providing Safe Routes to School, alternatives to single occupant vehicle use, and assists our senor and disabled community to get the transportation services they need. To read the full statement of support, click onto: http://www.landwatch.org/index.html.


“TAMC Losing More State Funding”

In a second blow this year, the Highway 156 improvement project is facing an additional $9.1 million cut in state transportation funding.

On Wednesday, the Transportation Agency for Monterey County board was told that state funding for the project’s right-of-way phase may be deleted as part of $754 million in statewide cuts brought on by lower-than-expected gas tax revenue.

The project’s design phase would also be delayed, as would several others, including proposed Highway 1 upgrades, the intersection at Monterey-Salinas Highway and Corral de Tierra, and improvements to Imjin Road.

The latest state funding cutback pushes Monterey County’s share to $16 million, following an earlier $7 million cut.

To read the entire story written by Jim Johnson of the Monterey County Herald: City Beat: TAMC losing more state funding

 


Soapbox: Will Durst Explains the Transportation Funding Fiscal Cliff

In a series of informational videos, posted by Alliance for Jobs, political satirist, Will Durst explains the transportation fiscal cliff. In the first video he explains what the looming transportation fiscal cliff means for California.

 

In the second video, Will Durst and transportation experts explain why we have reached the cliff.

http://www.rebuildca.org/videos/transportation-fiscal-cliff-got/

 

 

 

 

 

 


Governor Signs SB 705 for TAMC

      

 NEWS RELEASE – GOVERNOR SIGNS SB 705 for TAMC  

Governor Brown paved the way for the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) to place a potential transportation measure on the November 2016 ballot by signing SB 705 on October 7, 2015.  The bill co-authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone, allows TAMC to proceed with its 3/8 % transportation sales tax investment discussions.  Continue reading…