TAMC Rail Policy Committee Meeting Report

February 7, 2011 Meeting
Reported by Chris Flescher, Associate Director

Pipeline and Branch Line
The Marina Coast Water District and California American Water have requested a letter of support from TAMC for a Coastal Development Permit, to be obtained from the California Coastal Commission, for the Monterey Bay Regional Desalination Project.  A portion of the project (a water pipeline) [...]

TAMC Rail Policy Committee Meeting Report

January 10, 2011 Meeting
Reported by Chris Flescher, Associate Director
The environmental review for the Monterey Branch Line is now under way.  The RPC has attended some meetings and will attend some more.  The RPC has made a few changes, such as altering the path of the rails through the Window on Bay Park, and removing one [...]

TAMC Rail Policy Committee Meeting Report

November 1, 2010 Meeting
Reported by Chris Flescher, Associate Director

Independent Ridership Review / Economic Analysis of Monterey Branch Line
The Rail Policy Committee (RPC) sent out a request for proposals and received two responses.  The RPC decided to go with Warner Transportation Consulting for ridership and Economic Development Research Group for economic analysis.  The studies will start in [...]

TAMC Rail Policy Committee Meeting Report

September 13, 2010 Meeting
Reported by Chris Flescher, Associate Director

According to the California Transportation Commission (CTC), TAMC needs to conduct an independent ridership review and economic analysis, for the Monterey Branch Line (MBL).  The study will be very important when TAMC asks for money for engineering.  TAMC will ask for $50,000 of Prop 116 funds.  If the money [...]

TAMC Rail Policy Committee Meeting Report

June 7, 2010 Meeting
Reported by Chris Flescher, Associate Director
The commuter rail extension (Gilroy to Salinas) is now in the right of way acquisition phase.  The committee has issued a request for proposals in 3 categories: acquisition agent, legal services, and on-call appraisal. For the on-call group, the committee received 8 proposals. They recommend [...]

TAMC Rail Policy Committee Meeting Report

May 3, 2010 Meeting
Reported by Chris Flescher, Associate Director
There was a recommendation to create an Ad Hoc Committee for proposed stations.  The group members would visit the sites of the proposed Castroville and Pajaro Stations, plus the existing Salinas train station.  The recommendation passed.

The RPC has recently met with the operators of the Capitol Corridor.  They will make [...]

TAMC Rail Policy Committee Meeting Report

April 5, 2010 Meeting
Reported by Chris Flescher, Associate Director

Presentation from planners working on the HSR segment San Jose – Merced
In 2035, if the fare is at the lower planned level, then the expected ridership is 100 million people per year.  The run time from San Francisco to Los Angeles, phase 1, will be 2 hours [...]

TAMC Rail Policy Committee Meeting Report

March 1, 2010 Meeting
Reported by Chris Flescher, Associate Director

Salinas Intermodal Center (ITC)
Some significant changes for Salinas.
The previous plan was to have all the functions of the Monterey Salinas Transit (MST) transit center moved to the ITC.  That would require a lot of space for bus platforms.  MST is planning to retain their existing center (which is about [...]

TAMC Rail Policy Committee Meeting Report

February 1, 2010 Meeting
Reported by Chris Flescher, Associate Director

King City Rail Station Planning Area
Several studies have been done which support re-establishing the train station.
One study says that reusing the existing station building is possible, by keeping the existing grade crossings but utilizing some signaling improvements.  If no grade separations are necessary, that would reduce the [...]

TAMC Rail Policy Committee Meeting Report

Reported by Chris Flescher, RailPAC Associate Director, Salinas
November 2, 2009
Commuter Rail to Monterey County
There are some advantages to serving Salinas with a Capitol Corridor extension instead of the proposed Caltrain extension.

The Capitol Corridor trains would serve both the commute market and the long distance travel market. The Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority [...]