‘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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Wildfire Evacuation Fuels Madera Road Project

Photo of 2014 Junction Fire burning on the northern end of Oakhurst  

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Oakhurst is a picturesque, wooded community just south of Yosemite, in eastern Madera County, with a problem increasingly shared by many rural areas: Creating safe evacuation routes in the event of wildfire. As climate change makes the weather hotter and drier, wildfires have increased across California …

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Rural, Electric Car Share? A National first in Miocar

Miocar parks in front of mural in Wasco

Miocar parks in front of mural in Wasco. @miocar_sjv

It is almost too good to be true: a rural, all-electric, affordable car sharing service with charging stations strategically placed near low-income households. That is the idea behind Miocar, a project hatched by mobility researchers at UC Davis and leaders of San Joaquin Valley’s eight Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Launched in 2019, Miocar paused due to Covid-19 …

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CALCOG Maps Broadband Connection Opportunities

Wireless sign with a question mark on rural road

CALCOG has partnered with the Caltrans and the California Emerging Technology Foundation to develop a map of near term transportation projects in rural areas that can help facilitate the extension of broadband to underserved areas.