California Transportation Commission Allocates $2.7 Million From SB 1 Gas Tax Funds For Projects In Monterey County

Salinas, CA (October 23, 2018) — The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) announced that the California Transportation Commission has awarded $2.7 million from the SB 1 gas tax to fund several projects in Monterey County.

Debbie Hale, the executive director of TAMC, said, “This money will enable us to further improve safety and enhance mobility in Monterey County.” She went on to add that, “Proposition 6 on the November ballot would remove this critical funding source and reduce our ability to construct many of the local planned road maintenance and regional projects throughout the county.”

The projects funded by the Commission include safety improvements on a southern Monterey County bridge, building a transit facility in King City and providing funding for network integration to extend passenger rail service to Monterey County. The project allocations are:

  • $1.8 million to revamp the San Antonio River Bridge on US Highway 101 in Bradley from the State Highway Operations and Protection Program.
  • $242,000 in matching funds for the Measure X “South County Operations and Maintenance Facility’ from the SB 1 Location Partnership Program, which will enable Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) to build an operations/maintenance facility in King City.
  • $163,000 to MST to purchase automatic passenger counters to install on transit buses, also funded from the SB 1 Local Partnership Program.
  • $500,000 for the network integration for the Rail Extension to Monterey County Project from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP).

The $1.8 million to improve the condition of the San Antonio River Bridge is one of 50 projects that were allocated funds to help bring goods to market faster, relieve traffic congestion and provide additional funding on transportation investments that counties have made in their own communities.

The $500,000 awarded to the Rail Extension Project is the second TIRCP allocation that the project has received from the Commission. This project to extend passenger rail service in Monterey County received $10 million for the Salinas Rail Kick Start which is the first phase of the extension project in April and the Transportation Agency anticipates receiving an additional $12 million for the project when the Commission allocates more funding in December.

SB 1, the landmark transportation infrastructure bill signed by Governor Brown in April 2017, invests $54 billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways and bridges in California communities and puts more dollars towards transit and safety.

Ms. Hale also noted that several Measure X projects that include matching funds from the gas tax, such as the repaving of Blanco Road between Marina and Salinas are currently underway in local communities throughout the county.

For more information about the impact that the SB 1 gas tax has on regional and local projects, click onto the TAMC website at:  https://www.tamcmonterey.org/funds-at-risk-proposition-6/

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The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is responsible for investing in regional transportation projects for Monterey County residents, businesses and visitors.  The mission of TAMC is to develop and maintain a multimodal transportation system that enhances mobility, safety, access, environment quality and economic activities in Monterey County. For more information visit www.tamcmonterey.org or call 831.775.0903.


Measure X and the SB 1 Gas Tax

What’s funded by Measure X and the gas tax (SB1) in your city and the rest of the county? Click onto the link below to learn how the gas tax funds projects where you live, work, visit or go to school.

Measure X Projects v4 – Aug 2018


TAMC Leverages Measure X Funds to Apply for $14 Million in SB 1 State Active Transportation Funds

MONTEREY COUNTY – In keeping with their promise to leverage local Measure X transportation funds, the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) has applied for $14 million from the SB 1 vehicle fee-funded Active Transportation Program for pedestrian and bicycle safety projects that will benefit the Salinas Valley, Monterey Peninsula and North Monterey County.

Debbie Hale, Executive Director of TAMC, said that, “Local Measure X funds will give us a greater chance to build these important safety projects, because applications with local matching funds earn additional points in the scoring criteria.”

In partnership with the cities of Del Rey Oaks and Seaside, TAMC applied for $12.6 million to fund the Highway 218 segment of the Fort Ord Regional Trail & Greenway matched by $2 million of Measure X funds, to construct a 1.5-mile paved bicycle and pedestrian trail segment of the proposed 32-mile Fort Ord Regional Trail & Greenway. The regional trail will improve safety, promote healthier lifestyles and the project provides a safe alternative to Highway 218, between Del Rey Woods Elementary School and Laguna Grande Regional Park.

The second application, in partnership with the Monterey County Health Department, provides $82,000 in local matching funds and requests an additional $2.2 million to establish safe routes to school community education and support in 10 disadvantaged communities in the Salinas Valley, the Monterey Peninsula and unincorporated North Monterey County.

In addition to applying for their own active transportation funds, the Transportation Agency assisted King City with their “San Antonio Drive Bikeway & School Gap Closure” project application.  The city leveraged $100,000 from their general fund to apply for $6.4 million to construct a 1-mile paved bicycle and pedestrian trail, and close sidewalk & ADA curb ramp gaps to connect students and seniors to schools, parks, housing and healthcare in the city.

King City Mayor, Mike LeBarre, commented that “TAMC’s willingness to assist us with drafting the application is an example of their continued leadership on transportation projects to benefit every corner of our community.  It demonstrates their diligent commitment to secure funding for both infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects to enhance safety and quality of life in Monterey County.”

In total, TAMC and King City are seeking more than $21 million in funding from the Active Transportation Program. “We are hopeful that the confidence that voters placed in us with the approval of Measure X will be rewarded with a notification that our applications have been selected for funding,” said Ms. Hale. Awards will be announced in December.

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The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is responsible for investing in regional transportation projects for Monterey County residents, businesses and visitors.  The mission of TAMC is to develop and maintain a multimodal transportation system that enhances mobility, safety, access, environment quality and economic activities in Monterey County. For more information visit www.tamcmonterey.org or call 831.775.0903.