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Published on March 21, 2008

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Slide1:  Controlling Congestion in Marin County February 21, 2001 Strategies for Success Key Transportation Issues in the Bay Area:  Key Transportation Issues in the Bay Area Significant increases in employment and population Expanding Exurban Population Projected increases in regional travel activity Continuing predominance of the automobile as the primary commute mode Rising incomes Increasing cost of housing Rising car ownership rates Longer commute travel times and distances What Factors contribute to Congestion?:  What Factors contribute to Congestion? Each person in Marin County and in the Bay Area is taking more trips per day. More local trips are being made, taking congestion from “long haul” trips on the highway and creating more congestion on arterials and other routes, as well as adding more short trips on the highway. School trips account for 21% of our A.M. Peak Period Congestion. Peak periods are “spreading,” creating congestion throughout the day and during critical periods on weekend. Our lack of affordable housing pushes people farther and farther away, commuting to and through Marin for job destinations. Growth in Marin County 1990-1998:  Growth in Marin County 1990-1998 We are an increasingly mobile county Where Do People Living In Marin County Work?:  We are no longer a “bedroom” to San Francisco Where Do People Living In Marin County Work? Destination of Total Daily Trips Generated In Marin:  Destination of Total Daily Trips Generated In Marin Daily Trips In Marin Year 1990...682,504 Year 1998...752,982 Year 2020...900,975 % Annual Increase: 1990-1998: 1.0% 1998-2020: 1.0% We Travel for Many Purposes:  We Travel for Many Purposes Our Jobs Attract People from the Bay Area:  Our Jobs Attract People from the Bay Area Total Trips to Marin Year 1990...642,472 Year 1998...713,846 Year 2020...848,218 % Annual Increase: 1990-1998: 1.3% 1998-2020: 0.8% Through Traffic on 101 is a Decreasing Problem:  Through Traffic on 101 is a Decreasing Problem Composition of Vehicle Trips on Marin Roadways (A.M. Peak Hour):  Composition of Vehicle Trips on Marin Roadways (A.M. Peak Hour) Our Scenic Beauty Attracts an Increasing Number of Recreational Trips:  Our Scenic Beauty Attracts an Increasing Number of Recreational Trips Sunday PM Traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge exceeds Friday PM Volumes Our Congestion is a Local Problem with a Regional Component:  Our Congestion is a Local Problem with a Regional Component 77% of trips destined for Marin begin in Marin. Over 50% of all jobs in Marin are filled by Marin County residents. About 28% of Marin County residents were destined for jobs in San Francisco. At A.M. Peak Hour, about half of the trips made from the North via Highway 101 at Marin/Sonoma County Line are destined for jobs in Marin, about 24% go through Marin, en route to San Francisco, and about 20% to East Bay. The proportion of trips destined to Marin and San Francisco from Sonoma is expected to decrease as Sonoma County further develops its own job base. Longer distance trips to Marin from Solano, Napa and other counties will continue to grow as Marin is still a major destination with lack of affordable housing. Our Mobility Problems Are Not Limited to Peak Congestion on Highway 101:  Our Mobility Problems Are Not Limited to Peak Congestion on Highway 101 Marin is a “graying” county. By 2020, over 35% of our population is expected to be over 65. The fastest growing demographics are 65-85 and 85+. There is almost no “yellow school bus” available in Marin County, and parents feel the need to drive and park when dropping students off, creating congestion and neighborhood disruptions that schools are unwilling or unable to discourage. Traditional “off peak” periods are becoming more congested as travel patterns change. The Sunday afternoon traffic southbound on Golden Gate Bridge is heavier than a typical weekday peak. (In October 2000, Friday 4-7 PM: 13,156 vehicles; Sunday 4-7 PM: 14,809 vehicles) The lack of parallel routes and streets that cross the freeway creates arterial congestion that produces gridlock in many locations. Transportation Planning Cannot be Done in a Vacuum:  Transportation Planning Cannot be Done in a Vacuum We are more mobile and enjoy our freedom Increases in local jobs contribute to economic vitality and public services More people can work closer to home Over 75% of residents are very or extremely satisfied with their quality of life. The very things that cause congestion can be seen as contributing to our quality of life. Goal of the Integrated Plan:  Goal of the Integrated Plan Create a multi-modal transportation system, emphasizing alternatives to single occupant driving. Reduce overall congestion, not just on Highway 101 but also on the roads that provide connections and alternatives to freeway travel. Maximize mobility for all residents of Marin County. Maintain the quality of life enjoyed in Marin County. Maintain flexibility to allow for different needs in different parts of the County and to respond to changing conditions, including changes in funding. With these goals in mind, the Integrated Plan was developed to: Include a variety of transportation choices. Directly address our current congestion problems. Support mobility for all residents of the County. Support environmental quality and regional land use plans An Integrated Plan Matches Choices to Trips:  An Integrated Plan Matches Choices to Trips Regional and Interregional Trips Completion of HOV System SMART Rail Commute Rail Increased Express Bus Increased Ferry Service Completion of HOV System is Essential to Move High Capacity Vehicles Quickly:  Completion of HOV System is Essential to Move High Capacity Vehicles Quickly Sonoma Marin Narrows Northbound and Southbound HOV lanes from Highway 37 to beyond Petaluma Bridge Combined with San Rafael Gap Closure – completes HOV system in Marin County Environmental studies underway Estimated costs $150-$300M Rail Stations Serve as Transit Hubs:  Rail Stations Serve as Transit Hubs SMART Commuter Rail:  SMART Commuter Rail Route: Cloverdale to San Rafael (68.2 miles) Capital Cost: approximately $200M Operating Needs: $7M/year Operating Plan: 30 minute service; Peaks Only Initial Ridership: 5,100 Riders Daily Cars Removed from 101 in AM Commute: 1,900 SMART Rail = 1½ Freeway Lanes in AM Peak! Express Bus Would Complement Rail:  Express Bus Would Complement Rail Express Bus Potential:  Express Bus Potential Restructures and expands existing Sonoma/Marin express services Takes advantage of HOV improvements Requires approximately $80M in funding over 25 years Would carry 1,350 new riders daily Would eliminate 360 cars/peak from Highway 101 Ferry Increases and Rail/Ferry Connection Being Studied:  Ferry Increases and Rail/Ferry Connection Being Studied Phase 2 SMART/Ferry Connection Opportunity to explore new ferry terminals in Sonoma and Marin New ferry technology minimizes impacts Costs/Benefits/Impacts TBD Commute Trips Within Marin Need New Options:  Commute Trips Within Marin Need New Options Local Streets Improvements Major Schools Initiative Local Transit Improvements Bike/Ped System Overhaul Local Highway Improvements The Plans and Projects to Date – Local Streets:  The Plans and Projects to Date – Local Streets Primary Road Network:  Primary Road Network School Services to Reduce Auto Congestion from School Trips:  School Services to Reduce Auto Congestion from School Trips Save Routes to Schools Reduces driving by 15% at schools in Marin Marin is national model Requires up to $1M each year School Pool Local flexible bus service Focused on larger schools or schools where walk/bike is more difficult Making Local Transit a Real Option:  Making Local Transit a Real Option Increases Riders by 13,200 new riders/day by 2020 Removes 1,000 trips from Highway 101 Biking and Walking Could Make a Real Difference:  Biking and Walking Could Make a Real Difference Bicycles have simple requirements: Relatively low terrain (same as streetcars) A continuous network of bike-friendly streets (5’ bike lanes on high speed, high traffic streets or shared lanes on low-speed, low traffic streets) Someplace to park Major Biking and Walking Projects:  Major Biking and Walking Projects SOME OF THE PROJECTS: Countywide County Signing and Stenciling Program Rehabilitate Existing Multi-Use Pathways Safety Projects Interchanges with Highway 101 Gap Closure Projects Connection between Mill Valley and Corte Madera Central Marin Ferry Connection Lane/Route Projects Alexander Avenue (Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito) Improvements to Novato Bike Lanes Complete Major North-South Bikeway Local Bikeway and Pedestrian Projects Improve Pedestrian Access at Various Points along Sir Francis Drake Blvd Sources: Draft Marin County Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan, Marin County CMA Bike and Pedestrian Projects:  Bike and Pedestrian Projects Bike/Ped commutes could double Total Bike/Ped mode share (all trips) could be up to 20% of total Local Highway Improvements Focus on Safety & Bottlenecks:  Local Highway Improvements Focus on Safety & Bottlenecks Interchange Improvements Serve Local/Regional Needs:  Interchange Improvements Serve Local/Regional Needs I-580/U.S. 101 U.S. 101/Tiburon U.S. 101/Greenbrae U.S. 101/Lucas Valley Road U.S. 101/Tamalpais U.S. 101/Atherton U.S. 101/Sausalito (Alexander Avenue) Eliminates 1,000 person-hours of delay every day! Not All Solutions Are Capital Projects:  Not All Solutions Are Capital Projects Transportation Demand Management Land Use Policies The Key is Integration:  The Key is Integration Multi-modal connections Opportunities for smart growth strategies The whole is greater than the sum of its parts A richness of options We can no longer build our way out of congestion Making the Vision Reality:  Making the Vision Reality Prioritize projects Develop supporting strategies Regional consensus Become a self-help county

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