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El Dorado County Transportation Digest

Electric Vehicle Drivers May Not Be Able to Ride Solo in Calif. Carpool Lanes Anymore


A program that allows solo drivers of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to use carpool lanes on freeways and bridges in California may be removed for good next year.

Part of Highway 1 Near Big Sur Crumbles as New Landslide Closes More of Historic Roadway


Highway 1 is closed indefinitely from Palo Colorado Road to Rocky Creek Bridge, the California Department of Transportation said on social media after a new landslide eroded part of the roadway.

New Road Proposed to Ease Latrobe Traffic


El Dorado County Supervisors are considering a proposal to build a new roadway connecting Latrobe Road to the Sacramento County line to help with growing congestion and accommodate for new development.

Pilots at Risk at Georgetown Airport


The El Dorado County Grand Jury 2023-2024 report includes safety concerns at the Georgetown Airport.

City of South Lake Tahoe-El Dorado County JPA Progressing


In an effort to improve public transportation services across the Lake Tahoe south shore, the City of South Lake Tahoes and the County of El Dorado are in the process of forming a transportation Joint Powers Authority (JPA).

Mosquito Road Bridge Project Delayed


The Mosquito Road Bridge Replacement Project progress has been impacted by weather again, this time delaying the delivery of and pouring of concrete.

Waymo Approved to Start Robotaxi Service in Los Angeles and San Mateo Counties.


On March 1, the California Public Utilities Commission gave approval for driverless taxi company Waymo to expand service into Los Angeles and San Mateo counties.

California EV Sales Are Falling. Is It Just Temporary, or a Threat to State Climate Goals?


California electric vehicle sales dropped significantly in the last half of 2023, raising questions about the state’s ability to phase out gas-powered cars.

Cargo Traffic Jumped at L.A. and Long Beach Ports in January


The San Pedro ports had a busy January as they rebounded from last year’s labor troubles and picked up cargo redirected because of Suez and Panama canal troubles.

Controversial California Bill Would Physically Stop New Cars From Speeding


The proposed bill would require new California cars to have a speed limiter.

Electric Rail to Las Vegas Keeps Rolling with New Federal Funding Approved


A project to connect Los Angeles and Las Vegas via electric high speed rail could break ground in early 2024, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced.

A Guide to License Plates


The numbers and letters on your car can reveal more than you think.

El Dorado Transit Seeks Committee Members


El Dorado Transit is looking for transit riders and members of the public to become part of the Transit Advisory Committee.

120 Concrete Trucks to Roll to Bridge Project


With progress moving forward in El Dorado County's $100 million Mosquito Bridge replacement project, county representatives turned to the Placerville City Council for help.

State Trying to Use Generative AI to Reduce Traffic


Caltrans has set a Jan. 25 deadline for tech companies to show how generative artificial intelligence might reduce traffic congestion in the state. This follows an executive order that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed in September related to this type of AI.

Snow Shortage Followed by Potential Whiteout in Sierras


Heavy snow is projected in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Previously, warmer storms had been bringing precipitation mainly to higher elevations in the Sierras.

Driverless Cars Can’t Be Ticketed in SF for Speeding or Running Red Lights


San Francisco police officers have been operating for more than a year with guidance from their chief that California’s vehicle code doesn’t provide authority for them to ticket driverless cars for infractions like speeding or running red lights. Officers are still encouraged to report relevant information about incidents.

Transit Ops Manager to Retire


After 30 years of public service, El Dorado Transit Operations Manager Scott Ousley is retiring effective Jan. 6.

Kern County Is Poised to Become Warehousing’s Next Frontier


Farmland is being rezoned for industrial use, and massive warehouses are being built on spec near communities like Buttonwillow and Shafter, so goods coming through the Southern California ports can be shipped quickly throughout the western United States.

Protesters Calling for Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Shut Down 110 Freeway


A group of protesters sat down with interlocked arms on the 110 Freeway near downtown LA on Dec. 13, halting southbound traffic for more than an hour. Multiple people were arrested according to the CHP.

Commute Times Highlight Income Divide


Higher-income workers are more likely to work from home, analysis of recent census data shows. Lower-income workers can face long and solitary commutes to get to work.

High-Speed Rail Project Connecting SoCal to Las Vegas Wins Grant


Private company Brightline secured a $3 billion grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation toward a 218-mile high-speed rail line from Rancho Cucamonga to Las Vegas. The line would allow people to make the trip to Sin City in a little over two hours.

Oakland Might Have to Pay Developers Millions Over Coal Terminal


An Alameda County judge ruled on Nov. 22 that the city of Oakland thwarted a proposed coal export terminal. The judge will rule if the developer who sued is entitled to $159 million in damages or moving forward with the project.

DMV Shift Appears to Spur Drop in ‘No Party Preference’ Voter Sign-Ups


The California Department of Motor Vehicles changed its voter registration process in 2019 to put a party selection dropdown on the same page. Since then, the number of people registering as Republicans or Democrats has jumped close to 20 points.

Express Lanes Open on Interstate 405


The Orange County Transportation Authority announced that work has been completed for express lanes along 16 miles of Interstate 405. The lanes, which were part of a $2.16 billion improvement project, span from Costa Mesa to the Los Angeles County line.

Data Shows Four Cities in California Among Worst for Holiday Travel


A new study by Forbes shows that four cities in the Golden State—Los Angeles, Fresno, San Diego and Sacramento—are among the 21 worst cities in the United States for holiday travel. Forbes looked at a variety of factors including car accidents, hotel prices and air travel.

Interstate 10 Is Reopening Much Sooner than Expected


Interstate 10 in Los Angeles will reopen Nov. 21, following a fire on Nov. 11. It had previously been feared the freeway would be closed much longer.

Design Work to Begin on Ponderosa Interchange Update


Though construction likely won’t begin for at least a decade, El Dorado County is moving forward with improvements to the Highway 50 interchange.

Pony Express Trail Safety Upgrades Coming


A pedestrian and bicycle safety improvement project is on the horizon for Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines, expected to commence in spring 2024.

Lawmakers Strike $106 Million Deal for Hydrogen Vehicle Fueling Stations


Hydrogen fueling stations will get 15 percent of funds in a state program — even though Californians own only about 12,000 hydrogen cars. The funds come from fees paid by drivers.

CHP Rolls Out E-Bike Safety Training


As the popularity of electric bikes continues to skyrocket, the California Highway Patrol is launching an online e-bike safety and training program to help commuters and recreational cyclists ride safely.

CHP Cracks Down on Latrobe Road Red-Runners


In response to a flood of reports from El Dorado Hills residents, California Highway Patrol officers will be paying close attention to drivers heading into and through Town Center.

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