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MONTEREY COUNTY RAIL PROJECTS AWARDED $2.2 MILLION FROM SB 1 RAIL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Salinas, CA (March 7, 2019) — The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) announced that the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) awarded $2.2 million from Senate Bill 1 State Rail Assistance funding to advance two passenger rail projects in Monterey County.
The $2.2 million awarded to the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments’ (SLOCOG) will be used by the Coast Rail Coordinating Council (CRCC) and its member agencies, including the Transportation Agency, to complete a Coast Rail Corridor Service Implementation Plan and pre-construction activities for a new intercity rail platform in King City.
The Coast Rail Corridor Service Implementation Plan includes developing a strategy for implementing the 2018 State Rail Plan and integrating rail and bus services through the Central Coast between Santa Clara and Ventura counties. The pre-construction activities to support the construction of a King City passenger rail platform to allow service by the existing Coast Starlight and access to Fort Hunter Liggett U. S. Army Garrison and Pinnacles National Park.
Debbie Hale, the Executive Director of TAMC, said, “This award is another example of seeing the benefits of the gas tax. Through the Coast Rail Coordinating Council, we were able to compete for this new source of transportation funding from Senate Bill 1 to make significant enhancements to our transportation networks, which ultimately, will improve our transportation choices in Monterey County.”
When asked what this funding means for his city, Mike LeBarre, Mayor of King City, and Chair of TAMC’s Rail Policy committee, said, “This gives us the opportunity to be a part of the overall solution to address statewide transportation issues.” He went on to say that, “We are highly appreciative that the State is investing in small rural communities; so often we are left standing at the end of the line. In this case, we get to be a part of the solution to reduce emissions and provide more access to our community.”
The significance of advancing these projects forward and their implications for Monterey County are noted by State Senator Anna Caballero, 12th District, “Congratulations to Mayor LeBarre, King City and TAMC for their excellent work to bring passenger rail service to our county. I was happy to support this project because California needs to extend robust public transportation opportunities to rural residents. Connecting our communities to the rest of the state makes good economic sense and helps us to meet our goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments is the lead agency for the Coast Rail Corridor Service Implementation Plan and the pre-construction activities for the King City passenger rail platform.
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.
The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) is the facilitating agency for the CRCC, a group of transportation agencies working together to bring improved frequency, speed, reliability, and ease of use to intercity passenger trains on the coastal route between San Francisco and Los Angeles. CRCC Member agencies include SLOCOG, Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC), Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC), Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), and Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC). For more information visit www.slocog.org.