TAMC

Transportation Agency for Monterey County

Fort Ord Regional Trail & Greenway

OPEN SURVEY OPPORTUNITY

See below under Upcoming Work, or this flyer
(English, Español)

The Fort Ord Regional Trail & Greenway (FORTAG) is part of a larger effort to connect communities in and around the former Fort Ord to each other and to education, employment, community and recreation centers. FORTAG is a proposed new paved regional active transportation route that will serve as a safe pedestrian and bicycle corridor connecting Seaside, Marina, Del Rey Oaks, Monterey and unincorporated community residents to California State University Monterey Bay, the Fort Ord National Monument and the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail.

FORTAG is proposed as a 24.2-mile continuous 12-ft wide paved bicycle and pedestrian trail with an open-space buffer on both sides. FORTAG will connect to 7.5 miles of existing Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail, for a total 31.7 regional trail in the Monterey Peninsula that will connect with the existing and planned active transportation network, and will provide connections to unpaved trails in the Fort Ord National Monument. The northern loop of FORTAG encircles Marina, following a 13 mile route that includes 3 miles of the existing Coastal Rec Trail. The southern loop of FORTAG encircles Seaside and bisects Del Rey Oaks, following a 15 mile route that includes 4 miles of the existing coastal trail system. The route includes spurs connecting with existing and planned bike/pedestrian infrastructure. Several sections of the paved trail will link to nearby unpaved trails.

Background Information

The FORTAG project is a grassroots proposal, more information on the background and development can be found here: http://fortag.org/

Environmental review and preliminary engineering design for the FORTAG project is underway. Certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is expected by June 2020.

Project Benefits 

  • Provides a safe connection between residential areas, schools, workplaces, regional parks, and city services
  • Enhances property values along the greenway corridor
  • Provides community health benefits from active transportation routes
  • Creates economic benefits from associated retail, hospitality, and competitive events

Funding

FORTAG has $20 million in Measure X funding. $500,000 of State SB 1 Local Partnership Program funds and $500,000 of Transportation Development Act 2% funds have been allocated for environmental review and engineering design.

TAMC secured a highly competitive State Active Transportation Program grant for $10.3 million to fund construction of the Canyon Del Rey Blvd (Highway 218) segment of FORTAG between Del Rey Woods Elementary School and Laguna Grande Regional Park.

Upcoming Work

TAMC is looking for your input on the proposed Ford Ord Regional Trail and Greenway. The Agency has released a survey for public participation. There are two opportunities to provide your input, either by attending the pop-up event on August 24th or completing the survey in the link below:

  1. Coastal Recreational Trail Pop-Up Event:
    Saturday August 24th, 9am-12pm
    on the Coastal Rec Trail off Del Monte Ave, near Robert’s Lake in Seaside, CA.
  2. Online via SurveyMonkey (Survey is open until 10pm, Sept. 13th, 2019):
    www.surveymonkey.com/r/FORTAG (English)
    www.surveymonkey.com/r/FORTAG_esp (Español)

For more information about this project or how to get involved, contact Stefania Castillo, Assistant Project Manager, at (831) 775-4412 or stefania@tamcmonterey.org.

Notice of Preparation

TAMC held two public scoping meetings to provide an opportunity for the public and representatives of public agencies to address the scope of the environmental impact report. The meetings were on Thursday, June 27th at the following locations:

Seaside Marina
Thursday, June 27, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Oldermeyer Center, Blackhorse Meeting Room
968 Hilby Avenue
Seaside, California 98955
Thursday, June 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Marina Library Meeting Room
188 Seaside Circle
Marina, California 93933

FORTAG Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting – Presentation (6/27)
FORTAG Proposed Alignment – Google Earth Map (6/27)

Written comments were accepted until 5:00 p.m., July 15, 2019 to the Transportation Agency, submitted to:

Rich Deal, Principal Engineer
Transportation Agency for Monterey County
55-B Plaza Circle
Salinas, CA 93901

Comments can about the project can be sent by email to rich@tamcmonterey.org.

The Notice of Preparation includes a map and more information about the proposed Fort Ord Regional Trail & Greenway (FORTAG) project.

Prior Public Outreach

In 2019, TAMC held community workshops and outreach events to provide information about the project background and collect input on the environmental impact report. The documents below summarize public outreach:

February 2019 – Del Rey Oaks Community Workshop
April 2019 – Del Rey Oaks Outreach Event

Please contact Stefania Castillo, Assistant Project Manager, at (831) 775-4412 or stefania@tamcmonterey.org if you have questions about this project.