TAMC

Transportation Agency for Monterey County

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 six-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: Final Design, Structure Delmolition
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November 15, 2018 Status Update:
  • Bowen Engineering & Environmental has completed demolition of all structures.
  • Demolition site clean-up and final grading is expected to be completed by late November.
  • During demolition site clean-up/grading, streets and sidewalks will remain open during the daytime. At night (between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am), limited sidewalk closures may occur, when necessary for safety.

 

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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
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

 

  • Coming Soon: Utility Relocation, Construction
2: Salinas Layover Facility
  • Current Status: 75% Design, pending railroad negotiations
  • Coming Soon: Final Design, Right-of-Way Acquisition
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.