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
  • Complete: Utility Relocation and Construction
  • Current Status: New signalized access to the train station, new parking & landscaping
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Status Update – August 7, 2020

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

Construction crews are working on the following Stage 2 items:

  • Forming and pouring concrete sidewalks, curbs, and gutters near the First Mayor’s House.
  • Forming and pouring concrete sidewalks, curbs, and gutters at the corner of Palmetto Street and Railroad Avenue.

The Lincoln Avenue extension is now open for public traffic to access the parking lot on the west side of Lincoln Avenue. And, vehicle detector loops are now operating at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and W. Market Street, allowing the traffic signal to operate more efficiently than with a timer system.

Buses will continue using Palmetto Street to Railroad Avenue for passenger drop off and pick up near the Rail Station. Please view the Plan Sheet for Stage 1 and 2 and the Vehicle and Pedestrian Traffic Plan for Stage 2 for visual detail.

Lane Closures

There are no planned lane closures at this time for the week of  August 10 – August 14, 2020. The plans for lane closures are subject to change due to weather. Other short term closures may happen to accommodate work in progress.

 

Monterey County Rail Extension Newsletter – Vol. 2 – March 2020

Monterey County Rail Extension Newsletter – Vol. 1 – March 2019

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Rooftop view from Salinas Gateway Apartments; 07/15/20 Rooftop view from Salinas Gateway Apartments; 07/15/20
Rooftop view from Salinas Gateway Apartments; 07/15/20
Bus departs newly opened extension of Lincoln Ave; 06/11/20 Parking lot striping underway; 06/03/20
Completion of paving the west parking lot; 05/21/20 Completion of paving the west parking lot; 05/21/20
Completion of grading work; 05/07/20. Paving the east parking lot; 05/14/20
Rooftop view from Salinas Gateway Apartments; 04/27/20 Rooftop view from Salinas Gateway Apartments; 04/27/20
Salinas Intermodal Transportation Center project site aerial; 04/22/20 Photo Credit: Jason Camp Salinas Intermodal Transportation Center project site aerial; 04/22/20 Photo Credit: Jason Camp
Construction of trash enclosure; 04/16/20 Concrete roadway designed for large buses at Railroad Avenue/Station Place; 04/16/20
Concrete “valley” gutter (or v-gutter) in the west parking lot to facilitate drainage; 03/26/20 Planting of trees and other landscaping; 03/26/20
Illuminating parking lot lights; 03/12/20 Illuminating parking lot lights; 03/12/20
View from the Granary Building; 02/28/20 View from the Granary Building; 02/28/20
Irrigation components and soil mix filling the stormwater treatment areas; 02/28/20 Irrigation components and soil mix filling the stormwater treatment areas; 02/28/20
Irrigation components and soil mix filling the stormwater treatment areas; 02/12/20 Constructing the trash enclosure 02/12/20
Progression of construction activities on Market Street; 02/12/20 Irrigation components and soil mix filling the stormwater treatment areas; 02/12/20
View from the Gateway Apartment Building; 02/04/20 View from the Gateway Apartment Building; 02/04/20
View from the Gateway Apartment Building; 02/04/20 View from the Gateway Apartment Building; 02/04/20
City of Salinas Storm Drain project underway; 6/28/2019 City of Salinas Storm Drain project underway; 6/28/2019
Demolition and site clean-up in progress; 11/13/2018 Completion of demolition and site clean-up; 11/21/2018
View from the Gateway Apartment Building; 7/18/2018 View from the Gateway Apartment Building; 7/18/2018

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.