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CalTrans Honors Fallen Highway Workers

CalTrans employees, families and friends gathered on the steps of the State Capitol fto remember and honor the 189 public servants who have died since 1921 while building and maintaining California’s transportation system.

(May 11, 2022) → Read the full Citrus Heights Messenger report
Friends of Hope Valley Oppose Digital Signs on Highways

A proposal to set up digital highway signs along Alpine County highways has sparked opposition from the Friends of Hope Valley. Caltrans has extended the public comment period until May 2 on signs along Highway 88, Highway 89 and Highway 4.

(April 28, 2022) → Read the full Tahoe Daily Tribune report

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Image caption: Tesla Supercharger pump station at the Westminster Mall parking lot in Westminster, CA..
Walters: Electric Car Nirvana Collides With Reality

Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Air Resources Board are boasting about California's shift to zero-emission vehicles but the reality of making it happen is daunting.


Image caption: Different representations of traffic stress.
Building a Better Bike Map

Recent discussions in social media revealed a lack of maps of safe local bike routes. So we connected with local bike experts to start a crowdsourced project to create some.


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Governor, legislators won’t budge in high-speed rail dispute

Lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom have different opinions on what the next steps for California’s high-speed rail project should be.


Image caption: After nearly four decades, California has still failed to complete a single high speed rail line.
Will High Speed Rail Ever Happen in California?

The effort to bring high speed rail to California has been an epic tale of ambition and failure—a story of endless delays and bloated cost overruns. Where does it stand now, and will the state ever see its own bullet …


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Gas Prices Are Going Up. Here's Why That's Good

Gas prices are going up. But America has long paid too little for gasoline, along with a low gas tax rate. Is it time for all of that to change?


Image caption: California transportation history runs from railroads to today’s car culture.
California’s History of Transportation: From Railroads to Highways

The history of transportation in California has shaped the state, from the railroads to today’s highways, making the need for planning increasingly urgent. Here’s how it all happened, and where we stand today.


Image caption: Over two weekends last October, residents of Santa Cruz and Watsonville  participated in demonstration rides aboard an electric streetcar on rails.
The ‘Rail Trail’ Movement, Explained

Thousands of miles of railroad track, including some in Santa Cruz County, now sit idle. The fate of those largely abandoned tracks has become a burning controversy.


Image caption: A new California law will lower local speed limits and—advocates hope—reduce traffic fatalities.
Can Traffic Fatalities Be Cut to Zero? Here’s How California is Trying

A new California law to lower speed limits, AB 43, is part of an overall effort, called ‘Vision Zero,’ to eliminate traffic deaths completely. Here’s what the law does, and why it can make a difference.


Image caption: Californians continue to set clocks back every fall, and ahead each spring.
Daylight Saving Time, Explained

After a 2018 vote authorizing the state legislature to make daylight saving time year-round, Californians are still changing their clocks twice per year. How did we get here?


Image caption: A new breed of super-commuter may cause post-pandemic traffic congestion to become worse than it was before March 2020.
As Pandemic Recedes, Traffic Jams Are Coming Back

As the pandemic recedes, traffic is getting worse. But workers returning to offices appears not to be the main reason why.


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