Monterey County Rail Extension Phase 1: Kick Start Project

The Kick Start project is Phase 1 of the overall Monterey County Rail Extension project. The Kick Start Project is focused on improving the existing Salinas train station to accommodate new passenger rail service connecting Salinas to the San Francisco Bay Area, and making track improvements at Gilroy to allow through trains to stop at the Gilroy train station.

The Salinas train station, also known as the Intermodal Transportation Center, is in downtown Salinas on State Route 183 (Market Street), a walkable distance (0.2 miles) to the Monterey Salinas Transit (MST) bus center and the main employment areas of downtown Salinas. Improvements to the Salinas station to be constructed as part of the Kick Start Project include a new direct signalized access point to downtown via the extension of Lincoln Avenue across Market Street, a five-bay bus transfer area, bike lanes and bike lockers, safe pedestrian crossings and sidewalks, and commuter parking. This station will integrate new passenger rail service to the San Francisco Bay Area with existing service by Amtrak intercity trains and buses, MST local buses, and Greyhound intercity buses.

The Kick Start project also includes a train layover facility in Salinas and improvements to the tracks between Salinas and Gilroy.

Construction Packages

This project is separated into three construction packages:

1: Salinas Station: Lincoln Avenue Extension, circulation, and parking improvements
  • Current Status: Utility Relocation and Construction
  • Coming Soon: New signalized access to the train station, new parking & landscaping
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Status Update – April 3, 2020

In keeping with our promise to keep you informed, the following is an update for the “Kick Start” phase of the project.

At this time, “construction of critical or strategic infrastructure” is exempt from the shelter-in-place order for Monterey County and the stay-at-home order for California, so the Monterey County Rail Extension Project will continue.

The construction crews are working on the following items:

  • Striping: W. Market Street between Palmetto and N. Main Street
  • New curb and gutter and storm drain work on Palmetto Street
  • Paving: Lincoln Avenue Extension between Railroad Avenue and W. Market Street
  • Paving: A portion of Railroad Avenue between Palmetto and Lincoln Avenue
  • Paving: parking lots on the east and west sides of the project site
  • Additional landscaping – planting even more trees and shrubs in the stormwater treatment areas

Lane Closures

To install pavement striping and markings, lane closures of W. Market Street will take place 8:00am – 3:30pm the week of April 6 – April 10, 2020.

The plans for lane closures are subject to change due to weather. Other short term closures may happen to accommodate work in progress.

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July-August 2018

View from Salinas Gateway Apartments, 7/18/2018 View from Salinas Gateway Apartments, 7/18/2018
20 W. Market St, 8/07/2018 26 & 30 W. Market Street, 8/07/2018
El Aguila Deli, 8/07/2018
Site of the former Credit Union 8/9/2018
Salinas Fire Dept performing drills on former credit union, 8/09/2018

Salinas Fire Dept performing drills on former credit union. 8/09/2018

 

October-November 2018

Demolition of 20 W. Market St begins 10/25/2018

Demolition continues 10/25/2018
Crews make sure to keep the dust down during demolition 10/25/2018 Making progress 10/25/2018
Demolition of 20 W. Market near completion 10/25/2018 Demolition of 20 W. Market Street complete 10/25/2018
Demolition begins at 26 W. Market Street 10/29/2018 Demolition continues at 26 W. Market Street 10/29/2018
Demolition at 26 & 30 W. Market Street 10/30/2018 Demo complete! 11/1/2018
View of site from Gateway Apartments 11/2/2018 Demo begins at 17 Station Place 11/5/2018
Working their way to the front! 11/5/2018 Finishing up demo on 17 Station Place 11/5/2018
Demo begins on 52 W. Market Street 11/7/2018 A closer look inside 52 W. Market Street 11/7/2018
Demolition progressing on the back of 52 W. Market Street 11/7/2018 View of site 11/7/2018
Demo begins on 42 W. Market Street, 11/8/2018 Continuing demo on 42 W. Market 11/8/2018
Looking into the back of 42 W. Market Street 11/8/2018 View of site 11/8/2018
Resuming demo of 42 W. Market Street, roof now removed and walls coming down 11/13/2018 Demolition of the exterior walls along Station Place! 11/13/2018
Getting a glimpse into 42 W. Market, the former El Aguila Deli 11/13/2018 View of site 11/13/2018
Demo continues on the former El Aguila Deli 11/14/2018 View of the interior of 42 W. Market Street 11/14/2018
Breaking up the large pieces of concrete 11/14/2018 Continuing demo on 42 W. Market Street, 11/14/2018
Final day of structure demolition begins on 42 W. Market Street 11/15/2018
The walls are down now 11/15/2018
Cleaning up site at 42 W. Market Street 11/15/2018 Demolition and site clean-up completed 11/21/2018
Summer 2019
City of Salinas Storm Drain project underway 6/28/2019 View of Station Place 6/28/2019
View to southwest 6/28/2019
Fall 2019
View of site from Salinas Gateway Apartments, 8/22/2019 City of Salinas utility relocation project nearly complete 8/22/2019
Demolition of Station Place 9/18/19 Station Place is no more and the new Lincoln Avenue Extension continues to take shape! 09/19/2019
View of former Station Place and new Lincoln Avenue extension 9/19/2019  Removal of storm drain access chamber 9/23/19
  Grading of the east parking lot 9/26/19  Leveling for Lincoln Avenue Extension 9/26/19
CalWater work in West Market St. 10/7/19  Installation of curb & gutter – east parking lot 10/22/19
 Construction of new retaining wall along North Main St. 10/23/19

Construction of new retaining wall along North Main St. 10/24/19


Construction of catch basin in new Lincoln Avenue extension 10/25/19
Pouring concrete for new curb 10/25/19
Rainbow Over the Intermodal Transit Center_photo credit Peter Kasavan
Double rainbow over the Intermodal Transportation Center under construction 12/5/19
Photo credit: Peter Kasavan

Construction activity 12/12/2019

Progression of construction activities 12/12/19

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Progression of construction activities 01/09/20; View from the Granary Building Progression of construction activities 01/09/20; View from the Granary Building
Construction activity January 9, 2020Curb and gutter at the East parking lot 01/09/20 Construction activity January 9, 2020Bioretention area near the West parking lot 01/09/20

Progression of construction activities 01/09/20
Construction activity January 9, 2020
Progression of construction activities 01/09/20
Progression of construction activities 01/23/20; View from the Granary Building Progression of construction activities 01/23/20; View from the Granary Building
Progression of construction activities 02/04/20; View from the Gateway Apartment Building Progression of construction activities 02/04/20; View from the Gateway Apartment Building
Progression of construction activities 02/04/20; View from the Gateway Apartment Building Progression of construction activities 02/04/20; View from the Gateway Apartment Building
Progression of construction activities 02/12/20 Progression of construction activities 02/12/20
Progression of construction activities 02/12/20 Constructing the trash enclosure 02/12/20
Progression of construction activities 02/12/20; View from the Granary Building Progression of construction activities 02/12/20; View from the Granary Building
Progression of construction activities 02/28/20 Progression of construction activities 02/28/20
Progression of construction activities 02/28/20; View from the Granary Building Progression of construction activities 02/28/20; View from the Granary Building

Progression of construction activities 03/12/20; Lights

Progression of construction activities 03/12/20; Lights
Progression of construction activities 03/12/20; Lights Progression of construction activities 03/12/20; Lights

 

2: Salinas Layover Facility
  • Current Status75% Design, pending railroad negotiations; Right-of-Way Acquisition
  • Coming Soon: Final Design
3: Gilroy Station & Track Improvements
  • Current Status: 75% Design, pending railroad negotiations
  • Coming Soon: Final Design

Visual Simulations

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Christina Watson is the Transportation Agency for Monterey County’s rail program planner. If you have any questions, you can reach her at (831) 775-4406, or via email at: christina (at) tamcmonterey.org.