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California State Parks Specialized License Plate Now Available

California State Parks Specialized License Plate Now Available

California State Parks (State Parks) has unveiled its specialized vehicle license plate "ParksPLATE”.

The design of the plate features California’s official tree, the California redwood. Proceeds from the sale and annual renewal of the plate will provide an ongoing funding source for the restoration and preservation of state parks across California.

State Parks officials unveiled the specialized plate at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park where some of the most extensive restorations since a major reconstruction effort in the 1890s are currently underway. Plate sales will support restoration projects like this one and help the department restore and preserve California’s state park system.

It's a bike... uh... an electric bike... no it's both! GenZe Bike tours San Joaquin USA this week

It's a bike... uh... an electric bike... no it's both!  GenZe Bike tours San Joaquin USA this week

Touted as the "electric vehicle for the urban commuter", electric bike and scooter manufacturer GenZe stopped by the San Joaquin Partnership Board of Directors' meeting this week to demonstrate its new products. CEO Gurmeet Naroola, looking for the opportunity to collaborate with San Joaquin County cities in reducing street congestion and air pollution, offered to work with public agencies by lending them 1,000 bikes. Partnership President & CEO Mike Ammann met Naroola at the May 15-17 TiECon conference in Santa Clara and believing it would be a mutually beneficial experience, has arranged for Naroola and GenZe head of sales, Kevin Barnett, to tour San Joaquin County. They met with Esperanza Vielma at Cafe Coop who helped facilitate the tour. "This meeting and tour demonstrates the importance of the Partnership's connection with TiE (The Indus Entrpreneurs) and our "Greater Silicon Valley" marketing program," said Ammann at the conclusion of the Board meeting.

Closure on R Street Due to Street Construction

Closure on R Street Due to Street Construction

Friday, March 27, 9 a.m. to Wednesday April 1 to 6 a.m. - 16th and R street intersection closed

The intersection of 16th and R streets will be closed to all traffic, 24 hours a day, beginning Friday morning, March 27, through Wednesday morning, April 1 to safely reconstruct the intersection. Motorists will be required to detour around the intersection, which will be clearly identified by the use of message boards and construction signs. The detour will be S Street to 14th Street then onto Q Street, which will take them back to 16th Street around the project. The complete closure will allow the work to take place over one holiday weekend as opposed to closures for consecutive weekends.

San Joaquin County Council of Governments tops in the state!

San Joaquin County Council of Governments tops in the state!

In the final calculations for fiscal year 2014, the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) finished number one among regional agencies in the state as to percentage of federal obligations. This means the SJCOG is getting its available funding out to work at a greater rate than the 28 other regional agencies in California. "Our mission is to get transportation dollars out there to work for the traveling public as quickly as possible" says SJCOG Executive Director Andy Chesly. As a result, the region will receive, in fiscal year 2015, an additional $1.7 million! Finishing just behind the SJOCG were the Bay Area (MTC) , the San Diego Association of Governments, and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments.

ACE gives "the business" on special tour!

ACE  gives "the business" on special tour!

The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission provided an invitation-only Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train for a special business-to-business tour to San Jose on Thursday. The goal was to give business leaders in the Central Valley a first-hand experience on the ACE train and answer questions regarding current ACE service as well as future plans for expansion in the Valley. About 75 people including city managers, mayors, council members, education and chambers of commerce representatives as well as economic development specialists from San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties participated in the day-long trip which began at dawn. San Joaquin Partnership President & CEO Mike Ammann participated in the tour. Once the group arrived at Diridon Station in San Jose, they traveled by light rail to the downtown San Jose library where Regional Rail Commission Chairman Bob Johnson, a Lodi City Councilman began the day's program.

Traffic Advisory: Expect Stockton traffic lanes shift on Interstate 5

Traffic Advisory: Expect Stockton traffic lanes shift on Interstate 5

Stockton – Motorists can expect a shift in traffic lanes on southbound Interstate 5 (I-5) from Country Club Boulevard to Fremont Street for construction activities. The lane shift is scheduled to be in place for approximately six months.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform the lane shift on Thursday, September 4, 2014, after 4:00 a.m.

The #1 (left) and #2 (middle) lanes on southbound I-5 will be detoured onto the northbound traffic lanes of the interstate. Southbound motorists must stay in the #3 (right) lane for off-ramp access to Country Club Boulevard, Pershing Avenue, and Mount Diablo Avenue.

The lane shift is part of the $46 million I-5 Rehabilitation Project. Crews are replacing the existing roadway, which will improve pavement life and provide a smoother driving surface. 

California Transportation Commission Awards $221 Million in Active Transportation Program Funds Stat

California Transportation Commission Awards $221 Million in Active Transportation Program Funds Stat

At their August 20 meeting, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) recommended 148 bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs for funding from the new Active Transportation Program (ATP), including 4 from San Joaquin County.

The ATP is a new statewide grant program that funds bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout California. Under the ATP, the CTC awarded $221 million for projects and programs in two categories: a statewide competition and a separate competition for small rural and urban projects. Not surprisingly, the ATP received far more applications than it was able to fund.