5 Things You Need to Know About Carpool Lanes

The first segment of HOV/carpool lanes on I-5 in Stockton opened today. And while many cities and states in the country have carpool lanes, the rules and regulations for their use vary significantly. As a driver, you are responsible for knowing the laws in the state where you are driving.  Continue reading

Northbound Carpool Lanes Open on I-5 in Stockton

This morning, SJCOG and Caltrans celebrated the completion of the northbound lanes on I-5 from Country Club Boulevard to Hammer Lane  and the unveiling of the first HOV/Carpool lanes in San Joaquin County. Continue reading

I-5 Milestone Celebration Planned for Wednesday, September 21

SJCOG and Caltrans D10 invite you to join us as we celebrate the completion of the northbound lanes on I-5 from Country Club Boulevard to Hammer Lane and the unveiling of the first HOV/Carpool lanes in San Joaquin County! Continue reading

Grant Guidance Classes Offered by Grant Writing USA

Grant Writing USA presents two grant training opportunities in partnership with the Modesto Police Department. Both programs are appropriate for all area governmental offices, not just law enforcement.
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Temporary Traffic Shift Planned for Northbound I-5 in Stockton

Caltrans is scheduled to shift northbound I-5 traffic between Pershing Avenue and Alpine Avenue on Tuesday, September 20, after 4:00 a.m.  Continue reading

“Valley Voice” Delegation Heads to Washington D.C.

Elected officials from all eight San Joaquin Valley counties will be meeting with key federal legislators during the annual “Valley Voice” advocacy trip to Washington D.C. on September 7 and 8, 2016. The delegation traveling to the nation’s capital is known as the San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council, and represents the boards of each metropolitan planning organization (MPO or COG), and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

The Regional Policy Council will advocate for major transportation related initiatives for the San Joaquin Valley, including funding for major highway projects as part of the new federal transportation act (FAST Act). Federal air quality regulation changes have been added as a priority this year given the region’s difficulty in meeting stringent standards imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency despite significant air quality improvements in recent decades. This document highlights the policy priorities for Valley Voice 2016.

The visit includes meetings with Senators Boxer and Feinstein, House Majority Leader McCarthy, Congressmen Costa, Denham, McClintock, McNerney, Nunes, Valadao, Department of Transportation (DOT) Deputy Secretary Mendez, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, and Senate and House staff from public works, transportation, infrastructure and the environment subcommittees.

“The Regional Policy Council is a prime example of how several elected officials in the San Joaquin Valley can join together in a common goal: improve the transportation system for our residents and therefore their quality of life,” said San Joaquin County Supervisor Chuck Winn. “The reason for our trip is to take that message of common purpose to Congress, trusting that our meetings will result in either legislative or financial assistance to resolve various transportation issues in our communities.”

The delegation from the Valley includes:
Chuck Winn, San Joaquin County Supervisor
Elbert Holman, Stockton Councilmember
Robert Poythress, Madera Mayor
David Rogers, Madera County Supervisor
Bill O’Brien, Stanislaus County Supervisor
Vito Chiesa, Stanislaus County Supervisor
Amarpreet Dhaliwal, San Joaquin Mayor
Gary Yep, Kerman Mayor Pro Tem
Bill Zoslocki, Modesto Councilmember
Allen Ishida, Tulare County Supervisor
Daron McDaniel, Merced County Supervisor
Rudy Mendoza, Woodlake Mayor
Mike Villalta, Los Banos Mayor
Justin Mendes, Hanford Mayor
Cheryl Wegman, Wasco Mayor

“Having an adequate transportation system to support a multi-billion dollar Ag industry, along with being able to comply with the clean air act and support a rapidly growing population, is essential in the San Joaquin Valley,“ said City of Stockton Councilmember Elbert Holman. “Working together with the other members of the Policy Council sends a strong message of collaboration that is needed in order to be successful.”

Who: San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council
What: Two-day “Valley Voice” advocacy in Washington D.C.
When: September 7-8, 2016
Where: United States Congress, Federal Departments, Washington D.C.
Why: Legislative Advocacy for the San Joaquin Valley

For more information: San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council web site: http://www.sjvcogs.org

ACE to Host Series of Community Town Hall Meetings

The Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) will be hosting a series of Town Hall meetings in September as part of its ACEforward outreach program.  These Town Hall meetings will focus on current ACE initiatives, proposed service improvements, and future connectivity to other rail service lines. The community meeting schedule includes:

Wednesday, September 7th, 7-9 PM
Tracy City Hall
333 Civic Center Drive, Tracy

Monday, September 12th, 7-9 PM
Lathrop City Council Chambers
390 Towne Centre Drive, Lathrop

Thursday, September 15th, 7-9 PM
Manteca City Hall
1001 W. Center Street, Manteca

Thursday, September 22nd, 7-9 PM
Mountain House Community Service District Office
230 Sterling Drive, Tracy

Members of the public are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  For more information on ACEforward, visit www.facebook.com/ACEfwd or email aceforward@acerail.com.

ACE, started in 1998 and serving over one million riders annually, runs four daily round trips starting at the Cabral Station in Downtown Stockton and stops in Lathrop/Manteca, Tracy, Vasco Road, Livermore, Pleasanton, Fremont, Great America, Santa Clara and San Jose’s Diridon station.  For more information on ACE, please visit www.acerail.com.