Salinas commuter rail extension project gets $10 million sb 1 gas tax grant gas nozzle keeps stopping

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Salinas >> A long-sought Transportation Agency for Monterey County project aimed at bringing commuter train service to Monterey County from Silicon Valley has received a $10 million boost in SB 1 state gas tax funding, and the complicated project now expects to begin construction by next spring.

Late last month, the state Transportation Agency awarded TAMC the $10 million for the first phase of the $136.7 million Salinas Rail extension project, adding certain amenities including mandated “positive train control” or automatic braking.

Dubbed the “kick-start” project, the $81 million initial phase would bring two round-trip Caltrain passenger trains from Gilroy to the Salinas train station off Market Street, and include track improvements and a layover facility. The service is expected to attract 95,000 new riders in the first year, and could be expanded to include up to six round trips per day.

TAMC’s project manager Christina Watson said the project, which has been in the works for about two decades and struggled recently with delays and cost overruns, is finally poised to begin demolition by this fall of a series of buildings at the Salinas train station and to begin construction by spring 2019. Watson said TAMC secured possession of several train properties through eminent domain proceedings in September and is currently working to finalize purchase prices for the properties.

Improvements to the Salinas station will include a new direct signalized access point via the extension of Lincoln Avenue across Market, and a six-bay bus transfer center, bike lanes and bike lockers, pedestrian crossings and sidewalks, and commuter parking. The station will be designed to integrate the new rail service with existing Amtrak train and bus service, Monterey Salinas Transit bus service, and Greyhound bus service. It will be the end point for the planned Marina-Salinas multi-modal bus rapid transit and bicycle corridor connecting Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula through Marina.

Salinas >> A long-sought Transportation Agency for Monterey County project aimed at bringing commuter train service to Monterey County from Silicon Valley has received a $10 million boost in SB 1 state gas tax funding, and the complicated project now expects to begin construction by next spring.

Late last month, the state Transportation Agency awarded TAMC the $10 million for the first phase of the $136.7 million Salinas Rail extension project, adding certain amenities including mandated “positive train control” or automatic braking.

Dubbed the “kick-start” project, the $81 million initial phase would bring two round-trip Caltrain passenger trains from Gilroy to the Salinas train station off Market Street, and include track improvements and a layover facility. The service is expected to attract 95,000 new riders in the first year, and could be expanded to include up to six round trips per day.

TAMC’s project manager Christina Watson said the project, which has been in the works for about two decades and struggled recently with delays and cost overruns, is finally poised to begin demolition by this fall of a series of buildings at the Salinas train station and to begin construction by spring 2019. Watson said TAMC secured possession of several train properties through eminent domain proceedings in September and is currently working to finalize purchase prices for the properties.

Improvements to the Salinas station will include a new direct signalized access point via the extension of Lincoln Avenue across Market, and a six-bay bus transfer center, bike lanes and bike lockers, pedestrian crossings and sidewalks, and commuter parking. The station will be designed to integrate the new rail service with existing Amtrak train and bus service, Monterey Salinas Transit bus service, and Greyhound bus service. It will be the end point for the planned Marina-Salinas multi-modal bus rapid transit and bicycle corridor connecting Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula through Marina.