Monterey-Salinas Transit Seeks Community Feedback on New “SURF!” bus transport project

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On Wednesday, the Monterey-Salinas Transit hosted an open house to educate and receive community feedback on the new “SURF!” Busway and Bus Rapid Transit Project”. Longtime local Richard Vasquez weighed in on the project. “Hopefully this will draw attention and bring us together as a community. Transportation is very important and being a senior being able to get around the county, especially this area, makes it more meaningful,” said Bask. Transit will run parallel to Highway 1 on the underused rail corridor between Marina and Sand City. “It’ll go from Palm and Del Monte and Marina and it’ll go along the railroad bed. The old abandoned Union Pacific Line railroad. It will be on the east side of the railroad along Highway 1,” said Lisa Rheinheimer, assistant general manager of Monterey-Salinas Transit. The goal is to connect communities, reduce traffic congestion and, most importantly, get people where they are going faster and more efficiently. “A lot of people realize that in the city of Monterey, 87% of the people who work there are actually from somewhere else and you can see that. On the roads that come in the morning, Highway 1, Highway 68, it’s just loaded for miles, backed up,” said Kevin Dayton of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. The project is a product of Measure-X, which is a local sales tax measure Monterey County voters approved in 2016. TAMC Executive Director Todd Muck added, “It’s going to the streets and local roads, 60% of which are distributed to the county in cities for street maintenance and improved cycling and pedestrian facilities.” The project is also expected to yield $250 million in economic benefits and create more than 600 jobs and in an environmentally friendly way. “We’re going to use zero-emission vehicles that are super quiet and emit zero emissions,” Rheinheimer said. If financing plans go as planned, they expect construction to begin in 2024 and passengers to start traveling in 2027.

On Wednesday, the Monterey-Salinas Transit hosted an open house to educate and receive community feedback on the new “SURF!” Busway and Bus Rapid Transit Project”.

Longtime local Richard Vasquez weighed in on the project.

“Hopefully this will draw attention and bring us together as a community. Transportation is very important and being a senior being able to get around the county, especially this area, makes it more meaningful,” said Bask.

Transit will run parallel to Highway 1 on the underused rail corridor between Marina and Sand City.

“It’ll go from Palm and Del Monte and Marina and it’ll go along the railroad bed. The old abandoned Union Pacific Line railroad. It will be on the east side of the railroad along Highway 1,” said Lisa Rheinheimer, assistant general manager of Monterey-Salinas Transit.

The goal is to connect communities, reduce traffic congestion and, most importantly, get people where they are going faster and more efficiently.

“A lot of people realize that in the city of Monterey, 87% of the people who work there are actually from somewhere else and you can see that. On the roads that come in the morning, Highway 1, Highway 68, it’s just loaded for miles, backing up,” said Kevin Dayton of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

The project is a product of Measure-X, which is a local sales tax measure that Monterey County voters approved in 2016.

TAMC Executive Director Todd Muck added: “It goes to local streets and roads, 60% of which is distributed to the county in cities for street maintenance and improved cycling and pedestrian facilities.

The project is also expected to yield $250 million in economic benefits and create more than 600 jobs and in an environmentally friendly manner.

“We’re going to use zero-emission vehicles that are super quiet and have zero emissions,” Rheinheimer said.

If financing plans go as planned, they expect construction to begin in 2024 and passengers to start traveling in 2027.

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