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Monterey County Transportation Digest

CalTrans Set for Memorial Day for Highway 1 Rocky Creek Signal


CalTrans is working to stabilize the slip-out of the road edge south of Rocky Creek Bridge and have a one-way signal installed by May 27.

Rocky Creek Focuses on Stabilizing Roadway


CalTrans is concentrating work on stabilizing the edge of the lane at the location of the slip-out with a goal of installing a temporary stoplight so one-way traffic can resume.

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.

Monterey Street Resurfacing Resumes


Phase 4 of the Measure S Citywide Road Resurfacing has restarted after a pause and is expected to finish by late May.

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.

Joby Delivers on U.S. Air Force Contract


Joby Aviation announced it will be delivering the second and third of three aircraft produced at its Pilot Production Line in Marina as part of a contract with the U.S. Air Force.

CalTrans Highway 1 Slides Update


CalTrans continues to work on a 12 mile stretch of Highway 1 near Big Sur despite recent March rain events as daily resident car convoys continue.

Imjin Parkway Improvement Advances


The Imjin Parkway Widening and Roundabout Project has progressed, with tree and brush removal and temporary erosion control installed in preparation for construction work.

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.

Caltrans on Track to Have Highway 1 Open at Paul’s Slide in Late Spring


Work continues along Highway 1 at Paul’s Slide, but with the recent storm, a new rockslide has extended the road’s closure northward. However, the highway is still on track to reopen later this spring.

Californians Bought Record Numbers of Electric Cars as Industry Eyes Slowdown


Some automakers are reducing production of electric cars and Tesla sales have dropped. Can California sustain its record pace and meet the state mandate?

TAMC Plan to Bring Caltrain Operations to Salinas Chugging Along


The Transportation Agency for Monterey County continues to lay the path for its vision of extending Caltrain rail service, past its current endpoint in Gilroy, to a new point in Salinas.

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.

Joby Aviation Electric Air Taxi Charger Coming to John Wayne Airport


Joby Aviation signed an agreement for the first electric air taxi charger installed at a California airport in anticipation of air taxi service in the greater Los Angeles area.

Imjin Parkway Widening, Roundabout Project Through Marina Further Delayed


A project aiming to improve a major traffic artery between the Salinas area and the Monterey Peninsula has been delayed due to weather but officials still hope to see work start this month.

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.

Seaside Council Approves San Pablo Pedestrian Bridge Project Agreement


The Seaside City Council adopted a resolution at its meeting approving an agreement with Whitson Engineers to perform services during the San Pablo pedestrian bridge demolition and reconstruction project for an amount not to exceed $556,000.

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.

Monterey Airport District Board Selects Design Concept for New Terminal


“The original concept that was selected was the Treehouse. After reviewing the conceptual cost estimates, it became apparent that the original concept was going to be too expensive.”

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.

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