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Nevada County Transportation Digest

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.

Two New Libraries in Nevada County to be Considered by Supervisors


A new location for the Bear River Library will be announced at the Nevada County Board of Supervisors meeting on Jan. 23 in the chambers of the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City.

Caltrans Launches Its First Ever Snowplow Naming Contest


Caltrans and the California Office of Traffic Safety are injecting a flurry of fun into this season of inclement weather by inviting Californians to participate in the first Caltrans Snowplow Naming Contest.

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.

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.

Public Meeting for Edwards Crossing Bridge Project Set for Nov. 1


County staff will discuss three replacement alternatives for the Edwards Crossing Bridge and the environmental impacts that would result from each. A draft environmental impact report will be available through Nov. 14 for the public to review.

EV Charging Stations in the Works for Downtown Grass Valley


The Grass Valley City Council and staff discussed efforts to procure electric vehicle charging stations. According to Tim Kiser, Grass Valley city manager, EV chargers would bring business to shopping districts of Grass Valley.

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.

California Legislators Battle Over $300 Million to Build Fuel Stations for Hydrogen Cars Almost No One Owns


With only 12,000 hydrogen cars on the road, and just two models for sale, California lawmakers are debating how much state money should support them.

How Truckee-Tahoe Airport is Leading the Way in Sustainable Aviation


The International Civil Aviation Organization established the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, which aims to help reduce aviation greenhouse gas emissions.

Funding Awarded for Hwy 49 Improvements


The California Transportation Commission awarded the Nevada County Transportation Commission $14.6 million of Trade Corridor Enhancement Program funding for southbound improvements on the State Route 49 corridor between the McKnight Way Interchange and La Barr Meadows Road.

Capital to Tahoe Celebrates Grand Opening at Spooner Lake


The event is the culmination of years of planning and work to build an approximately 17-mile trail from Nevada’s capital city to the Tahoe Rim Trail, which connects to the Pacific Crest Trail.

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce More Than $3.4M to Fund Low-Emission Buses in Lake Tahoe


U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Tahoe Transportation District will receive $3.4 million to fund its Clean Transit Initiative.

Truckee Council Votes to Extend Truckee TART Connect Pilot Program


The town launched TART Connect last summer as a pilot program. After a successful summer, the Truckee Town Council approved an extension to the program, meaning TART Connect will continue operating through June 30, 2024.

Truckee Auto Repair Shop Launches Mobile Service


The Quality Automotive Servicing van will visit you at any location in the servicing area that has a flat driveway or surface to complete the mobile service.

Electric Bike Share Comes to Truckee


BCycle, an industry leader in electric bike share operations and equipment used in communities around the country, is thrilled to bring bike share to Truckee.

Ebbetts Pass Open While Sonora, Tioga Passes Remain Closed


Ebbetts Pass on Highway 4 in Alpine County reopened Thursday, according to the California Department of Transportation. CalTrans is working to clear Sonora and Tioga passes still.

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