OC Streetcar Draws on Historic Past to Serve Today’s Riders

Old Street Car, Proposed Street Car

One hundred years ago, Southern California had the largest electric streetcar system in the world.  Red and yellow streetcars connected Southern California, including Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties.  Over the years, however, competition from automobiles and freeways led to their decline. By the 1950s, nearly all the streetcars were gone. Now, the …

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ABAG and BayREN: a Regional Model for Energy Efficiency

BayREN Logo on ABAG logo

Special thanks for to our Summer Intern from UC Riverside, Celine Hoang, for her help in identifying, researching, drafting, and fact checking this story!

Whether it’s offering rebates for energy-efficient upgrades or creating maps that reveal where energy use is highest, the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) is playing a crucial role in helping cities, counties, and residents in the Bay Area increase energy efficiency and save money. The BayREN program is a whole portfolio of services offered …

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Free BottleRock Passes!!

Foo Fighters & Megan The Stallion under Bottlerock Logo

We meant to say free Bottlerock transit passes! For those who aren’t in the know, BottleRock is the premier Northern California music festival located in Napa.  More than 40,000 attend.  This year’s headliners include the Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Megan The Stallion, Chris Stapleton, Cage the Elephant, and next-generation rapper PoloG.   Even the Village …

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SCAG’s RTP relies on a “Cloudy” Forecast

AWS, SCAG, and Connect SoCal meet in the Web Cloud.

About the Author:  Randy Iwasaki is the former director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and also served as the Director of the California Department of Transportation.  He currently works with Amazon Web Services, a CALCOG partner.   Delivering a regional transportation plan (RTP) with a sustainable communities strategy (SCS) is a big task.  That …

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RCTC “Co-Habitats” with Riverside Conservation Authority for Better Outcomes

Young burrowing owl looks surprised as its handled for inspection

Restoring the burrowing owl population is one of many conservation strategies at the Riverside Conservation Authority.

They are practically newlyweds. The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA) are thriving under a new partnership. When the respective boards approved a union last fall, RCTC became the new managing agency of the RCA.  Ring the wedding bells! The RCA was formed in 2004 to implement …

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What Do Regional Governments Do? “CARL” Answers the Call

How do you explain what a regional government does if you only have a moment?  Do you have an elevator speech?  Or have you given up on trying to explain it, even to your friends and family? Telling the story of regional government is challenging.  It’s complex, unwieldy, and filled with nuance.  It also varies …

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The $500 Million Proposal for Regional Action Grants Explained

California Roars back logo with Newsom and Friedman photos

June 3 Update:  The Legislative Budget Package recommends a $250 million augmentation for this program above the $500 million in the Governor’s May Revise.  As we note below, there is more than enough eligible projects, and MPOs have a history of funding and programming projects in a timely way.  The constitutional deadline for the Legislature to pass …

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‘Salmon Runner’ Spawns Hope for North State Transit

Salmon Runner Logo: Mt Shasta in background

Redding was founded as a railroad hub. Only these days, you wouldn’t know it. It’s still the kind of place where people from nearby rural towns come to shop or see the doctor. But it’s no longer the draw it once was for catching the train to points elsewhere. That’s not because people don’t want …

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WRCOG Champions A Multi-Pronged Approach To Improve Air Quality

On a freeway in Riverside County

This story is reposted with permission from California Forward, which is committed to advancing policy intersections that create a more inclusive and sustainable California where all people can prosper.  California Forward’s Voices of Shared Prosperity series amplifies the stories of Californians who are committing their time and talent to solutions that embrace equity, environmental sustainability, and …

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