There’s something so satisfying about seeing your friends stuck traffic while you comfortably cruise past six miles of rhythmically flashing brake lights on your own Highway 1 busway, waving to drivers stuck in stop-and-go traffic on one side, and watching the sunrise and waves crash on the beach on the other.
That’s the SURF! Busway and Bus Rapid Transit Project.
The Highway 1 Busway Project, recently rebranded as SURF! Busway and Bus Rapid Transit project, is part of a larger effort to reduce regional congestion along Highway 1 and enhance transit connections within the Monterey Peninsula. The SURF! project is a proposed bus-only corridor in the Monterey Branch Line right-of-way, from Marina through Sand City and Seaside. The total length of the project is approximately 6 miles.
Segments 1 and 2 of the SURF! project propose a smooth connection between the Marina Transit Exchange and the Sand City Transit Center, paralleling Highway 1 within the Monterey Branch Line’s TAMC-owned right-of-way. Segment 3 – the final leg of alignment – would lead the bus through the California Avenue Interchange through to Contra Costa Avenue.
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- Improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Increase transit use, reduce traffic on Highway 1
- Enhance mobility, improve bicycle trail connections
- Improve travel time reliability for transit users
- Improve transit connections
The Highway 1 Traffic Relief - Busway was identified in the Transportation Safety and Investment Plan and approved by voters through Measure X in 2016. The project was identified to receive up to $15 million from Measure X funding to create a new rapid bus corridor along Highway 1 between Seaside and Marina. The project will utilize TAMC owned right-of-way of the Monterey Branch Line.
The multi-phased project has a variety of existing and anticipated funding sources. The current phase, preliminary engineering and environmental analysis, is funded with up to $1,450,000 in Measure X funds, and $100,000 of Monterey-Salinas Transit’s share of the State of California’s Local Partnership Program funds.
For more information about this project or how to get involved, contact Madilyn Jacobsen, Transportation Planner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (831) 775-4402.