Monterey Bay Aquarium ‘Tunnel Jumpers”, direct trolley takes traffic off New Monterey streets
Aug 23, 2016
The Monterey Bay Aquarium has stepped up its alternative transportation program for staff and visitors to take pressure off streets in New Monterey during peak summer months and construction of the Holman Highway roundabout.
The Aquarium’s new “Tunnel Jumpers” program – an expansion of the alternative transportation incentives it has offered for more than 20 years – has attracted 163 staff members who are biking, busing, carpooling, vanpooling and walking to work rather than driving alone through the Lighthouse Avenue tunnel.
Tunnel Jumpers can get a free Monterey-Salinas Transit pass (paid for by the Aquarium), borrow a loaner bicycle, purchase a new bike via payroll deduction and get a reduced-fee parking pass in a downtown Monterey parking garage – all with the goal of reducing auto traffic in New Monterey.
This year, the Aquarium also expanded its support for the free Monterey-Salinas Trolley that runs from downtown Monterey to Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row in summer months and on holiday weekends.
This year, it is providing $160,000 to support the visitor trolley by underwriting the full cost of a direct trolley between downtown and the Aquarium, and contributing to the cost of a multi-stop trolley. The aquarium has provided continuous financial support for the trolley since 1994.
Construction of the Holman Highway roundabout began on August 22. The project by the Transportation Agency of Monterey County is designed to ease congestion at the busy intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 68-West, near Community Hospital and the entrance to Pebble Beach.
Highway 68 Roundabout updates from the Transportation Agency for Monterey County: http://www.tamcmonterey.org/programs/highway-projects/highway-68-roundabout/
Monterey-Salinas Transit Trolley schedule and information: http://www.monterey.org/Services/Parking/Ride-the-FREE-Trolley-Shuttle