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Yolo County Transportation Digest

Cool Pavement Funding Announced


The City of Davis will receive $24M in federal funding for roadway upgrades utilizing cool pavement technology and other roadway rehabilitation projects.

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.

Celebration of Woodland Pedestrian Overcrossing Set for April 24


A ribbon-cutting celebration will be held on April 24 celebrating the new Sports Park Drive Bike and Pedestrian Overcrossing.

Esparto Road Resurfacing to Begin


After 40 years without significant resurfacing, the Esparto Road Rehabilitation project has commenced.

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.

Resurfacing Work Scheduled at County Road 24 and 97 Intersection


Road resurfacing is scheduled for the intersection of County Road 24 and 97 in Yolo County April 2 through April 9 8AM - 4PM. Delays are expected and alternative routes advised on those dates.

Congressman Thompson Secures Transportation Funds


Congressman Mike Thompson, D-Yolo, secured $1.05M in federal funds for the Interstate 5/State Route113 Connectors Project in Woodland.

Road Resurfacing Begins in Esparto


Work starts in April and will focus on downtown Esparto and County Roads 23, 24 and 96.

Woodland City Council Updating Active Transportation Plan


Woodland is updating its 2002 bike plan to prioritize safe pedestrian and bicycle use of the city road network following resident input.

Additional Funds For Completed Project?


Though completed and opened in February, city staff are requesting an additional $185,000 for the Highway 113 Sports Parks Pedestrian Overcrossing..

Upcoming Yolo County Road Rehabilitation Projects


2024 road rehabilitation work scheduled for April-July will focus on downtown Esparto and county roads, including sections of County Road 23, CR 24, and CR 96.

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.

Winters PTA Receives Safe Routes to School Grant


The Winters Combined PTA announced that the organization was awarded a grant of $10,000 by the Yolo Air Quality Education Grant of the Yolo Community Foundation to increase the number of students walking or biking to school to reduce car traffic and the associated air pollution.

Park Improvement Projects Now Open to Public


Woodland’s Spring Lake Park and the Sports Park Bike and Pedestrian Overcrossing are now open to the public after roughly two years of construction for both projects.

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.

Davis City Council Discusses Partnership with Caltrans I-80 Project


At the first meeting of 2024, the Davis City Council swore in Josh Chapman as mayor and authorized letters of intent to partner with the California Department of Transportation on the Interstate 80 expansion project.

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.

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.

San Francisco 49ers License Plate Needs 4,800 More Orders or the DMV Won’t Print It


Nearly two years ago, the San Francisco 49ers and state environmental officials launched a campaign to create a specialized California license plate sporting the team’s logo.

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.

CHP Highlights New Traffic Safety Laws


As we head into the new year, the California Highway Patrol is educating the public on traffic safety laws that were passed during this year’s legislative session and take effect on Jan. 1.

Yolo Transportation Restores Trips to Two Routes


The Yolo Transportation District announced the restoration of six trips to Yolobus Woodland Local Routes 211 and 212, enhancing the experience for commuters and improving public transportation services.

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.

Yolo Transportation District Seeks Input on Woodland Transit Center


Woodland residents and visitors can help shape the future of the Woodland Transit Center by taking a brief online survey before Dec. 30.

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.

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