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Authority - The Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) is an agency created for the purpose of administering Measure A, which is responsible for programming funding for all transportation programs in Marin County.  The TAM Board includes representatives from each city and town in Marin County, plus the five members of the Board of Supervisors.  The Authority will function as the Congestion Management Agency for Marin County.

Bonding - Selling municipal bonds will allow the Transportation Authority of Marin to accelerate capital projects by pledging future revenues for the repayment of bonds and getting needed capital funds for project implementation.

Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC) - A 12-member committee consisting of 5 representatives selected from the five planning areas and 7 representing diverse interest groups in Marin County.  Reports directly to the public on all issues related to the Expenditure Plan and sales tax measure.

Expenditure Plan - The 20-year plan for spending sales tax funds.

Gap Closure - The Gap Closure Project includes the completion of the bus and carpool lane on Highway 101 through San Rafael.  This project is designed to relieve a critical bottleneck on Highway 101.

Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) - The agency responsible for the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as regional transit, including ferries and bus service between Sonoma, Marin, and San Francisco counties.  Golden Gate currently operates local transit services in Marin County under contract to the Marin County Transit District.

HOV Lane - High Occupancy Vehicle or Carpool lane, open to vehicles with 2 or more occupants, including buses, during peak hours.

Leveraging or Leverage (also Matching) - Matching local sales tax dollars with other funds on a one-to-one or other percentage basis from local, regional, State, or Federal sources, to stretch local sales tax dollars by attracting new grant funding to Marin County.

Marin County Transit District (MCTD) - The existing local transit district, MCTD currently contracts for local transit services with Golden Gate Transit, which currently operates local services in Marin.  MCTD also contracts for paratransit services with Whistlestop Wheels, as well as contracting for the West Marin Stagecoach.  MCTD is governed by two city representatives and five representatives from the Board of Supervisors.  Under the plan, MCTD will develop detailed transit plans with public input for approval by the Transportation Authority of Marin.

Paratransit - Specialized transportation services for seniors and persons with disabilities who are unable to use regular bus routes.

Paratransit Coordinating Council (PCC) - The established group of seniors, people with disabilities, and their advocates who advise the Marin County Transit District on paratransit and accessibility needs.

Self-Help County - A county with a local sales tax for transportation is called a "Self-Help County" because the tax demonstrates that the County is willing to help solve its own transportation problems.  A Self-Help County has greater opportunities to compete for regional, State, and Federal grants by providing matching funds.

Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) - A five-year plan required for every transit agency in the Bay Area, this document is the primary opportunity to identify transit needs and develop priorities.

Strategic Plan - A detailed plan of expenditures and revenue completed by the Transportation Authority of Marin every two years. The plan projects the use of sales tax funds, as well as other funding, that may be available to projects in the plan.  The Strategic Plan also considers the need for bonding or other financing techniques to accelerate projects.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) - A committee made up of Public Works staff, other city staff, and representatives of diverse public Interests who will prioritize infrastructure improvements and make recommendations to the Transportation Authority of Marin.

Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) - See "Authority."

Transit District See "Marin County Transit District (MCTD)"

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Last updated: 12/31/2008 3:04:22 PM