Stockton Diamond Makes Grade

On first view, it’s a little disconcerting. Two sets of double tracked railroad tracks cross each other at right-angles.  Its a diamond junction, named for the shape it creates when viewed from a corner.  But it feels more like a busy four-lane road intersection, except with 100-car freight trains rolling though.Welcome to the Stockton Diamond–the busiest …

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Ambitious Bike-Ped Network Connects Palm Springs to Coachella

It started with a stagnant trail plan, some creative community leaders, and a six-pack of beer. Today, CV Link – an ambitious, 40-mile active transportation project with pedestrian, biking and golf-cart paths – is helping to put the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) on the map. CVAG’s members include 10 cities, three tribal nations …

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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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The CTP 2050 is Really a Statewide APS

The draft California Transportation Plan (CTP2050) creates a resilient vision for the state’s transportation network. One that is modally diverse, equitable, less reliant on the automobile, and better for the climate. What’s not to like? California needs such a vision to forge new low carbon programs that improve safety, transit, health, equity, and the economy. But …

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Placer Plans Multi-Modal Solutions to Congested Corridor

Corridor Map (Auburn to Sacramento)

Congestion in the Sacramento area ranked 19th worst in the nation earlier this year. Looked at one way, it’s a sign of success: The region’s economy is expanding, with an increase in jobs and a jump in population (even more pronounced now with the Bay Area’s pandemic exodus). Yet as any economic development expert will …

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A Boring Transportation Story

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) has a problem. How can they link the busy Ontario International Airport to the regional rail network?  The closest Metrolink station in Rancho Cucamonga is nearly three miles away. Initially, the SBCTA sought to develop a railway extension that connected airport passengers directly to Metrolink’s network of stations. …

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A Roundabout Way to Affordable Housing

Tulare County Association of Governments plays an important supporting role for award-winning (and grant-winning) affordable housing projects that integrate transportation and transit elements into the project, including a critical roundabout in the City of Lindsay.

When Going Human is the Plan

Yellow traffic sign with photo of girl with backpack with phrase: It's not just a sign,. Look for her before you turn."

GoHuman is SCAG’s community outreach campaign to increase safety and encourage people to walk and bike more through education, advocacy, and events that help residents re-imagine their streets to promote safe walking and biking. Update: SCAG just received a grant for another year of funding for this program.