Transportation Agency for Monterey County

Monterey Branch Line

The Monterey Peninsula Fixed Guideway Service will provide light rail transit service using the existing Monterey Branch Line alignment, which was purchased by the Transportation Agency in 2003 for $9.3 million. The 16 mile corridor extends between Monterey and Castroville on the publicly owned tracks adjacent to Highway 1.

The first phase of the project will run between Monterey and north Marina with key stations in Monterey, Seaside, Sand City, Marina/CSUMB, and connecting bus service to Pacific Grove and Carmel to the south and Salinas to the east. Later phases will extend service to the planned commuter rail station in Castroville and increase the frequency of trains. TAMC is currently in the environmental review process for this project. Unfortunately, the project currently lacks funding, and has been delayed until TAMC can secure the funds needed to complete the environmental review, design, and construction.

Project Benefits
  • Improves access between Monterey and Marina
  • Facilitates access to jobs, health care, shopping
  • Provides alternative to traffic congestion
  • Reduces commuter stress
  • Promotes economic development around stations
In the News:

Light rail project exciting addition to Peninsula

Cost Estimate

Total Project Cost Range: $164,400,000

Annual Estimated Operating Cost: $3,700,000

Current Stage

Environmental Review

Project Map

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Light Rail Brochure

Monterey Branch Line (PDF)

Monterey Branch Line Mailing List

Stefania Castillo is the Transportation Agency for Monterey County’s Monterey Branch Line planner. If you have any questions, you can reach her at (831) 775-4412, or via email at: stefania@tamcmonterey.org.