San Benito County Local News: Transportation


All Local Transportation News articles contributed by our local media allies and other local newsrooms.

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.

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07/15/2024
Public chargers must be built at an unprecedented pace to meet the target in less than 7 years, and then doubled to 2 million in 2035. The high cost — $120,000 or more for one fast charger— is just one obstacle.

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07/12/2024
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Office will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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06/27/2024
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With two of downtown Gilroy’s largest parking lots closed to vehicles due to construction on Gourmet Alley and nearby street spaces filling up quickly every day, city officials will soon begin more strictly enforcing the neighborhood’s parking limits.

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06/20/2024
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In downtown Gilroy on June 15, under a warm summer sun, the 2024 Garlic City Car Show unfolded with a blend of nostalgia and innovation.

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06/14/2024
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CalTrans is asking for public comment on a plan to remove approximately 228 damaged or unhealthy blue gum eucalyptus trees from the large grove on Highway 101 at the Rocks Road exit three miles west of San Juan Bautista.

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06/05/2024
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The Gilroy Department of Motor Vehicles office will be temporarily closed for renovations from June 19-Sept. 3, the state DMV said in a press release.

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05/31/2024
A Bay Area transit funding bill is delayed so supporters can seek consensus on how the money will be raised and distributed.

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05/22/2024
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Motorists will be diverted to San Juan Hollister Road.

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05/17/2024
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The California Transportation Commission on May 17 approved $55 million for the Hwy 101/25 interchange project in Santa Clara County.

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05/06/2024
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Among its Leadership Council are San Benito County Supervisor Angela Curro and Hollister City Manager David Mirrione.

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05/01/2024
In their April 30 meeting, the San Benito County Board of Supervisors were updated on local road projects by Public Works, including the New Idria Road, which will be completed by the end of May.

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04/30/2024
The San Benito County Council of Governments have received an $8.2 million grant for transportation infrastructure from the California Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program and Zero Emission Transit Capital Program.

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04/19/2024
A park-wide project to address road repair needs will take place in the spring and summer.

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04/18/2024
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Damaged runway lights, a non-functioning airport beacon, potholes and gravel in the taxiways, deteriorating hangar buildings, rats and snakes in indoor areas, a rampant ground squirrel problem—these are among the many issues that pilots at San Martin Airport have been reporting to county officials for years.

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04/09/2024
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.

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03/30/2024
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.

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03/12/2024
Planned Highway 101/25 interchange sound wall will cut off access to popular destination.

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03/01/2024
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.

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02/22/2024
The Hollister City Council agreed to a traffic calming study to determine if four-way stops are needed along San Benito Street from Hawkins Street to Nash Road.

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02/20/2024
Transportation Planner Douglas Kean says less than 1% of county residents use San Benito County’s public transit system and that transit operations need to be fundamentally restructured.
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