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January 2013
Bike Subsidy Program Announced  
Cal Expo hosts Great Train Expo  

April 2012
TMA to host Parking expert lecture  

March 2012
Basic Bicycle Commuting at REI Expo Parkway  
State Fair announces line-up for 2012!  

March 2011
Bike subsidy applications received!  
Bike subsidies for TMA member employees  
Bike Clinics Scheduled for Point West Area  

November 2008
Night closures set for I-80 in Rocklin  

October 2008
Did you know ....  
Point West Area Business-to-Business Luncheon  
Cal Expo accepting applications for Cultural Advisory Council  

September 2008
Cops and Community event on October 11  
RT Invites Participation in Transit Planning  
RT Board conditionally approves fare increase  
Point West Area Business-to-Business Luncheon  

August 2008
Last days of the State Fair  
JamCast provides traffic report when you need it  
Point West Business leaders invited to Mixer  
Projects planned for the 80 Corridor  
Olympics come to Point West  
Business-to-Business Mixer, August 14  
State Fair Box Office is now open!  

July 2008
Celebrity look-alikes: Report to CalExpo  

June 2008
State Fair goes Hollywood!  
I-80 could get HOT!  
Fix I-5 impacts? Give your feedback  
Fix I-5: Stage 2 finished early  
Point West Area Crime Prevention Task Force Formed  

April 2008
May Is Bike Month  
Capital City Freeway night time closures  
Sierra Boulevard interchange closure  

March 2008
Arden Way To Be Resurfaced  

January 2008
Chains Required? Check It Out ...  
New Incentives On-Line for 2008 Commuter Club members  
Kaiser encouraging Commuter Club membership  

July 2007
Work continues on I-80 auxiliary lanes  
Sierra College Boulevard interchange work  
Free transit on Spare The Air days  

May 2007
Input Sought for I-80 HOV Project  

April 2007
May is Bike Commute Month  

March 2007
Buses to take the place of trains for a while  

February 2007
Gas prices heading up again!  
Roseville Transit offers e-alerts  
Radar speed-feedback signs help school zones  

January 2007
Work to begin on Hwy 49 near Auburn  
Commuter Club prizes for 2007  

December 2006
New Year's Eve Closure  
Pothole repairs on I-80  
Bridge project to impact cyclists and pedestrians  

November 2006
Fixing the Bottleneck  

September 2006
HOV Open House set for September 27  
$10 Summer Youth Bus Pass Gets Kids All Around Roseville & Placer County
 
Delays for I-80 at Yuba Gap  
Work begins on Arden Way  

August 2006
Adult cyclists sought for Sept. 12 bike tour of City  
Lane Closures - Westbound Douglas Blvd. at I-80 Overpass  
Time for State Fair; expect more traffic  
Take RT to the Fair and avoid traffic stress  
Light rail down again this weekend  

July 2006
I-80 closed Tuesday night  
No light rail in Downtown this weekend  
Roseville Bikefest Moves Annual Event to Fall  
Bad air through Friday  

June 2006
Moderate Air Quality for July 4th  
Convoy travels I-80  
Sacramento to host Town Hall Forums  
Work scheduled for I-80 at Nyack  

May 2006
I-80 lanes still closed  
Link added for gas prices  

April 2006
Mudslide blocks I-80; 3 lanes open for Monday commute  
Not Just Another Monday ...  
Highway 65 to experience nightly closings  
Workshops on rail stations  
Calling all bicycle commuters ...  

March 2006
North Sac Blueprint Workshop  
One lane traffic; one hour delays  
Deadly Driving Mistakes  

February 2006
Retail related congestion expected  
I-Stops need homes  
Downtown Plan advances for Rocklin  
Adopt A Highway!  

January 2006
Chain requirements in place  
Chain restrictions lifted  
Winter Story Warning through 10 p.m.  
Chains required for 80  
Winter Storm expected through Wednesday  
No current travel restrictions  
City reopens Northgate  
Northgage Blvd closes; floodgates may be closed again  
RT Work In Downtown Sac  
Del Paso Floodgates Open  
New Web site aimed at relieving traffic congestion in Placer County  
80 Open to Tahoe  
Problems for Bus 80 Connector Ramp  
80 Expected to Open on Monday  

December 2005
80 Closed Near Truckee  
Free transit on New Year's Eve  
Chain Requirements  
New Interchange Opens!  
Douglas Blvd Interchange almost ready for traffic  
Turn on your lights!  
Free Rides on the Holiday Bus  

November 2005
I-80 Construction for this week  
Del Paso Blvd Closure  

October 2005
Name a Tunnel!  

September 2005
Report reckless drivers  
Big dollars headed to I-80  
Roseville in Motion!  

July 2004
New Bicycle Lockers Help Promote Bike-to-Work Programs  
New Bicycle Lockers Help Promote Bike-to-Work Programs  
 
 
Bike Subsidy Program Announced 1/16/2013
The Point West Area TMA will provide up to $5,000 in subsidies for the purchase of new bicycles, bicycle accessories and bicycle replacement parts in 2013. This program is only available to commuters who work for a Point West Area TMA member. (Kaiser Permanente – Arden, Kaiser Permanente – Fair Oaks, Kaiser Permanente – Morse Ave, Kaiser Permanente – Point West, Cal Expo, Patrick Buzarellos, Arden Fair Mall, Hines Properties at University Avenue, Hines Properties at Arden Way, 301 University) A review panel will make the final selection of subsidy recipients based on information provided by the applicants. Please note that applicants can submit additional information and letters of support. Applicants must be members of the on-line Commuter Club (www.sacregioncommuterclub.com) and must complete and pass an on-line Bike Safety Quiz. Subsidy participants also agree to log a minimum of 12 bike commute trips during the Month of May at www.mayisbikemonth.com. Recreational and errand trips can also be logged but can not substitute for the required bike commute trips. The cap for individual subsidies of $300. Participants may only receive a portion of the requested subsidy. $25 of the subsidy will be withheld until the 12 bike commute trips are logged in May. Time Line and Guidelines Feb 15 – Deadline for submitting application March 1 – Approved applications are announced March 29 – All bicycles, accessories or replacement parts are purchased and receipts emailed to the TMA. April 5 – Applicants are emailed the on-line Bike Safety Quiz. April 15– 5 – Checks (minus $25) are mailed (upon receipt of passed Safety Quiz) May – applicants log 12 bike commute trips June 1 - $25 gift cards are mailed.
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Cal Expo hosts Great Train Expo 1/16/2013
The Great Train Expo is a national, traveling show that caters to the model railroad enthusiast. The show features 200-500 tables of train dealers, who offer everything from HO Scale, N Scale, Lionel (O Gauge), G Gauge, Z Scale, American Flyer (S Gauge), hobby tools, die-cast vehicles, train whistles, scenery items, Railroadiania Slides, t-shirts, videos, railroad gift items, books, photos and much, MUCH MORE ! Date: Jan 19 2013 until Jan 20 2013 For more information: http://www.greattrainexpo.com/info.html
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TMA to host Parking expert lecture 4/13/2012
As a painter, Richard Willson seeks to create an empathetic observation of the interaction of the natural and built environments. As a professor a Cal Poly Pomona, he seeks to impact the natural and built environments. On Thursday, April 19, Dr. Willson will be speaking in the Friedlander Gallery on: A Prescription for Parking: Strategies for Community Livability. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. “Parking is seldom through of as a key to achieving community livability,” says Willson. “Rather, most people hope they can find a free parking space near their destination.” In his lecture, WIllson will show how parking policies – requirements imposed by cities, developer practices and methods of pricing and management – affect community livability outcomes. The presentation will trace the influence of parking policies on transportation options, urban design, environmental sustainability, economic vitality, and public health. “The traditional approach to parking, especially in suburban areas, has produced low density, automobile-oriented places that are averse to active modes of transportation such as walking and bicycling,” says Willson. “These practices directly and indirectly affect health outcomes related to physical activity, accidental risk and environmental pollution.” Willson is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at California State Polytechnic University, Pamona. His research addresses parking policy, climate change, land/use transportation relationships, travel demand management and transit-oriented development. Prior to his academic career, he was a transportation planner for the City of Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. Willson holds a Ph.D in urgan planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Basic Bicycle Commuting at REI Expo Parkway 3/19/2012
REI Sacramento is offering a class that will provide a wealth of information on the basics of bicycle commuting. The free lass is scheduled from 7-8:30 a.m. on Wednesday at 1790 Expo Parkway. Material covered will include the variety of gear options available on bicycles, plus bike safety and route selection. Registration is required by visiting www.rei.com/sacramento
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State Fair announces line-up for 2012! 3/5/2012
The California State Fair announced the theme for the 159th State Fair is FUN that Moves You! Known for its BIG FUN, this year’s entertainment, exhibits and coming attractions is predicted to get you out of your chair and to the Fair for an exciting summer experience! The concert series, featuring classic artists, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and new stars from American Idol and America’s Got Talent, will rock the Golden1 Stage located in the heart of the fairgrounds. General viewing of all concerts is free with State Fair admission and a limited number of reserved seats in the Gold Circle area will be sold at an additional price. Reserved Gold Circle tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 2 at www.bigfun.org. The California State Fair is pleased to offer lower service fees this year on tickets purchased online. “The State Fair is all about family, fun and value. This region has been hit very hard with foreclosures, furloughs and huge economic challenges and we understand not everyone can afford a stadium concert ticket. We’re lucky enough to have an intimate outdoor venue where nearly every seat is a great seat and half of them are free,” stated State Fair CEO & General Manager Norbert J. Bartosik. The 2012 California State Fair is proud to announce the following performers and Gold Circle ticket prices: • The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute — Thursday, July 12, $13 • Happy Together Tour — Friday, July 13, $19 Featuring: Flo & Eddie-The Turtles, Micky Dolenz-The Monkees, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams • Cody Simpson — Wednesday, July 18, $19 • Rick Springfield — Thursday, July 19, $19 • Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. — Friday, July 20, $15 • Scotty McCreery — Saturday, July 21, $23 • Dave Mason — Monday, July 23, $13 • Hot Chelle Rae — Tuesday, July 24, $19 • Jim Messina — Wednesday, July 25, $13 • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts — Friday, July 27, $22 A special concert presale is available for State Fair e-Newsletter subscribers and Facebook fans on Tuesday, May 1. Concert fans are encouraged to sign up via www.bigfun.org as well as facebook.com/CaliforniaStateFair to get the best seats and the most updated information. Fan club perks include the chance to win free Fair tickets, backstage concert passes, and other great State Fair prizes! “The special presale has become a very popular perk for our Fair fans. No other venue gives you the chance to sit in the front row to a great show for less than $25!” Bartosik said. For the most updated information about the 2012 State Fair visit www.bigfun.org or call (916) 263-FAIR. Media inquiries should be directed to media@calexpo.com or 916-263-3619.
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Bike subsidy applications received! 3/21/2011
Requests for more than $7,000 in bicycle subsidies has been received by the TMA. We will now convene a panel of judges to determine which applicants receive funds to purchase new commute bicycles or bicycle equipment. The TMA will award $5,000 in bike subsidy funding.
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Bike subsidies for TMA member employees 3/1/2011
Cyclists in the Point West Area can now get financial assistance to support their cycling habits. The program is available to commuters whose employers are members of the Point West Area Transportation Management Association. Cyclists can receive up to $300 (or 60%) for the purchase of a new bicycle or bicycle accessories. Click here for the on-line application and more information
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Bike Clinics Scheduled for Point West Area 3/1/2011
In anticipation of 2011 May Is Bike Month, the TMA has scheduled a number of safe cycling clinics in the Point West Area. Applicants for the TMA's bike subsidy program are required to attend a safe cycling clinic. For more information on any of the clinics, email rebecca@pointwestarea.com. March 8 - Kaiser Point West (12:30 - 1:30) March 9 - Nationwide/Allied (noon - 1 p.m.) April 5 - Hines Properties (noon - 1 p.m.) April 12 - Bureau of Reclamation (noon - 1 p.m.)
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Night closures set for I-80 in Rocklin 11/14/2008

East and westbound Interstate 80 (I-80) at Sierra College Boulevard in Rocklin will be subject to nighttime closures for falsework removal the week of November 17, according to Caltrans.

Tuesday, November 18 and Wednesday, November 19, eastbound Interstate 80 traffic will be detoured at Sierra College Boulevard from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Drivers will be directed to exit at Sierra College Boulevard and will then be directed back onto eastbound I-80 using the on-ramp.

Thursday, November 20 and Friday, November 21, westbound Interstate 80 traffic will be detoured at Sierra College Boulevard from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Drivers will be directed to exit at Sierra College Boulevard and will then be directed back onto westbound I-80 using the on-ramp.

Changeable message signs have been placed along the highway alerting motorists of the closure and to mark the detours provided. Unexpected schedule changes may occur. Motorists are advised to check roadside message boards for the latest closure information.

The closure is part of a $25 million project to rebuild and modernize the I-80 Sierra College Blvd. Interchange by upgrade the overcrossing to five lanes, installing bike lanes and increasing the vertical clearance. The project is scheduled for completion later this year.

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Did you know .... 10/31/2008
Did you know vehicle burglaries went up 24% (25 to 31) in September in the Police Beat which includes the Point West Area? Did you know that there have been 289 vehicle burglaries so far this year (down from 293 in 2007 and 296 in 2006)?

You would if you've been following the Point West Area Crime Reports provided to this web site by Police Captain Daniel Hahn. Click on the Crime Prevention box to the right to find out eptember stats on residential burglaries, robberies and assaults.

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Point West Area Business-to-Business Luncheon 10/31/2008
The next Point West Area Business-to-Business Luncheon is set for Thursday, December 4 at Cal Expo. Featured presentation will be on the new Arden Village developement proposed for the property on and around the current Red Lion Hotel. Other presentations include a Cal Expo update and and update on high speed rail. To RSVP, email rebecca@80corridor.com. The luncheon is free to the first 25 who RSVP.
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Cal Expo accepting applications for Cultural Advisory Council 10/22/2008

In keeping with its mission to showcase the wonderful diversity found in the State of California, the California Exposition & State Fair is once again accepting applications for its Cultural Advisory Council. The Council is an established body of multi-ethnic advisors who make recommendations about entertainment and programming for the annual State Fair, as well as year-round activities and other related issues at Cal Expo.

The group currently consists of 21 individuals representing numerous cultures and ethnic communities in the State. The State Fair is seeking new members to expand the group and replace the members that will term out in December 2008. Ideal candidates are leaders from interested cultural communities that can serve as advisors to the Cal Expo Board of Directors on a range of cultural issues.

Background on the Cultural Advisory Council

The Cultural Advisory Council was established in 2002 by the Cal Expo Board of Directors to enhance the outreach efforts of the State Fair to cultural communities throughout the State. The Council currently advises the Board on matters pertaining to cultural programming for community education, exhibits, entertainment, and other activities. The Council also supports Boards objective to showcase a broad range of multicultural activities each day during the annual State Fair. The role of the next generation of Council members will be to further advance the Cal Expos mission to accurately represent the cultural and ethnic diversity of the State through comprehensive and inclusive programming from a variety of cultures found in California.

How to Apply

Interested individuals can apply by visiting the Cal Expo website at www.calexpo.com and downloading the application form online. All applicants must complete and submit an application form by Monday, December 1, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. Members of traditional, established and emerging cultural communities are encouraged to apply. Upon selection by the Cal Expo Board, members will serve one two (2) year term, beginning in February 2009.   Upon completion of the first term, members will have the option to be reappointed by the Board for additional terms of three (3) years. For more information, please contact Tina Novoa at (916) 263-3069 or by email at tnovoa@calexpo.com

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Cops and Community event on October 11 9/30/2008
North Sacramento area neighborhood are are invited to attend the 1st annual celebration of Cops and Community working together on October 11, 2-7 p.m. at William J. Kinney Police Facility, 3550 Marysville BLvd.

North area police offers and electec officials will be on hand from City Council Districts 1,2 and 3.

This event is for the following neighborhoods: North Natomas, South Natomas, Gardenland/Northgate, Ben Ali, Hagginwood, Robla, Stawberry Manor, Swanston Estates, Point West, Woodlake, North Sacramento, Noralto.

The day includes the following: Free Hot Dogs/Hamburgers, Great Give-Aways, Police Demonstrations, Kids make-it workshop-courtesy of Home Depo, Car Seat Checks, Fingerprinting, Face painting, Snow Cones, Jump Houses, Tours of the Police Stations, Officer for the day pictures, Neighborhood Association Information, Home Safety/Crime Prevention, Great games and much more

Please contact Jeannette Bonner, Judy Kovanda or Kurt McCray at (916) 566-6401 if you have questions or would like to reserve a table.

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RT Invites Participation in Transit Planning 9/24/2008

RT will host several meetings in the next month to gain input on their Transit Master Plan. See below for a list of meetings near the Point West Area.

The Regional Transit Master Plan will entail light rail extensions, express buses that mean faster journey times, new local bus and shuttle routes, and, an exciting addition to Sacramento, streetcars. Your input will help prioritize investments that support a high quality and high frequency transit system that best serves the needs of our communities and our maturing region. Broad community participation is necessary to make this a reality.

To RSVP call 916.556.0302 or e-mail rsvp@sacrt.com

Tuesday, October 28

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria East Meeting Room
828 I Street
Sacramento

Thursday, October 30

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Carmichael Park Community Clubhouse
5750 Grant Avenue
Carmichael

Thursday, November 6

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

City of Elk Grove City Council Chambers
8400 Laguna Palms Way
Elk Grove
Thursday, November 13

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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RT Board conditionally approves fare increase 9/17/2008
The RT Board of Directors conditionally approved a fare increase at the August 25, 2008 public hearing. The fare increase could take effect as early as November 1, 2008. The basic fare would increase by 25 cents ($2.25), the basic daily pass would increase by $1 ($6.00) and the basic monthly pass would increase by $15 ($100). The board did not approve reduced bus service, implementation of a parking fee at park-and-ride lots, or increase the cost of the Paratransit monthly pass. Additional cuts and revenue generating opportunities will need to be explored to balance the expected state funding shortfall. For more information, please visit www.sacrt.com or call (916) 321-2877.
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Point West Area Business-to-Business Luncheon 9/12/2008
Point West Area business leaders are invited to a luncheon on September 25 for an update on happenings in the Point West Area. The luncheon begins at 11:30 and is free for the first 25 to RSVP. The luncheon will be held at the Second-floor Club of Cal Expo's Race track.

Topics to be covered include: Cal Expo update, plans for the vacant lot at Challenge Way and Expo, Prop 5, and a Point West shuttle concept.

Click here to send an email RSVP to hold your place for this informative luncheon.

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Last days of the State Fair 8/30/2008
There's plenty of fun left for the last few days of the state fair. See below for a list of remaining events:
- Step Up Dance Team - Saturday 7PM, Sunday 5PM, Monday 8:30 PM
- Cristian Castro - Sunday, August 31 - 7:30 PM
- Demolition Derby - Sunday & Monday - 7PM
- State Fair Star Talent Competition - Monday - 7 PM
- CSI Live - Multiple Shows Daily
- Shadowfax Horse Clinics - Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day - 10:30 AM Horse Clinics
- Jason Britton & the Street Bike Stunt Show - Multiple Shows Daily in the Xtreme Zone
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Terry Stokes the Hypnotist - Daily Shows - 5PM, 7PM, 9PM
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JamCast provides traffic report when you need it 8/28/2008
A new feature on pointwestarea.com is JamCast, a video report of traffic on major Sacramento Corridors, including I-80 to San Francisco. Click here for your own JamCast.

In the future you can find JamCast by clicking above on View All Sacramento Area Traffic, and then selecting the "Video" tab.

You can also sign up to have traffic alerts emailed to you or sent to your cell phone.

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Point West Business leaders invited to Mixer 8/28/2008
Point West Area business leaders are invited to an open house/mixer on Thursday, September 11, 5:30 - 7 p.m. at TechSkills, 1215 Howe Ave. #101.

This free event offers food, networking and a chance to win a door prize.

To RSVP, click here

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Projects planned for the 80 Corridor 8/27/2008
Tuesday the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Director Will Kempton took a road trip on Interstate 80 to highlight projects in construction or planned in the next four years that will improve the heavily traveled roadway from the Bay Area to the Nevada state line. More than $1 billion is being invested in corridor mobility, safety improvements, traveler information, and pavement rehabilitation in the nearly 170 miles of Interstate 80.

These projects are designed to improve mobility on this vital artery, said Kempton. Not only will these projects collectively provide a safe and dependable route for the traveling public, but will help move goods from our state to the rest of the nation.

Some of the projects planned or underway include:

Interstate 80 Corridor Mobility Project The $47.1 million project will upgrade existing corridor management elements along Interstate 80 from the Carquinez Bridge to the San Francisco Bay Bridge Toll Plaza. This system will be integrated with the Alameda County Smart Corridors Program and the Caltrans Transportation Management Center to provide real-time information to help Caltrans monitor and control traffic.

Pavement Rehabilitation between Vallejo and Vacaville Caltrans began construction this past January to rehabilitate badly worn pavement for 27 miles and add or upgrade median barriers in segments. The projects, totaling $125 million, are scheduled to be completed by fall 2009.

HOV Lanes in Solano County The first Proposition 1B project to begin in the Bay Area, this new 8.7 mile carpool lane between Red Top Road and Air Base Parkway will add much needed capacity to address recent growth and reduce travel delays and congestion for commuter and recreational traffic to and from the Bay Area. Project cost: $53.2 million.

Bus/HOV Lanes in Sacramento County Bus and high-occupancy vehicle lanes are being constructed in both directions from the Sacramento County line to Miners Ravine and then to the State Route 65 connector. These projects, partially funded by Proposition 1B, are scheduled for completion in 2011.
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Olympics come to Point West 8/6/2008
Cal Expo will host a free, multicultural mega-party on Friday to celebrate the opening ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. and is expected to draw as many as 10,000 people to the Point West Area.

Several former California Olympians, along with consuls generals from China and three other nations, will be on hand to celebrate Sacramento's diversity.

The opening ceremonies will be shown on a Jumbotron outdoor TV starting at 8 p.m.

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Business-to-Business Mixer, August 14 8/2/2008
Buinesses in the Point West Area are invited to a social mixer on Thursday, August 14 at the innovative The Greens Hotel, soon to open at 1700 Del Paso Boulevard.

The "party" begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be catered by near-by Fran's Cafe.

The mixer is sponsored by the Point West Area TMA and the North Sacramento Chamber of Commerce.

To RSVP, click here.

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State Fair Box Office is now open! 8/2/2008
You can now purchase advance tickets, concert tickets and midway tickets for the State Fair on-line by clicking here. Discount tickets are available through August 13.

The California State Fair is planning to bring the excitement of Hollywood to Cal Expo this summer. Fair organizers have settled on a number of featured attractions that will focus on Hollywood and how modern day movies and entertainment come to life.

"Hollywood is an integral part of California's culture and economy. Every industry and culture in the State has played a role in making Hollywood what it is today," said Norb Bartosik, State Fair CEO and General Manager. "Our goal is to celebrate those connections and bring some of the Hollywood energy, excitement and diversity to Cal Expo, while still maintaining our time honored State Fair traditions and customs."

The following are just a few of the Hollywood-themed exhibits and attractions that fairgoers can expect to see at Big Fun Studios from August 15 Labor Day.

Going Hollywood Exhibit (Presented By Stage Nine Entertainment Store) The Going Hollywood exhibit will take fairgoers on a journey through the movie-making process beginning with the development of a story and ending with movie production. Fans can see a casting call, get autographs from visiting celebrities and take pictures with costumed characters. A wide variety of film props and actual wardrobe items from different movie genres including; westerns, alien invasions, monster movies, romance and kids flicks will provide something for fans of all ages.

The center of the exhibit will be the Sound Stage Nine, an interactive replica of a sound stage complete with green screen technology, professional stunts, special effects and exclusive Q & A sessions with influential members of the Hollywood community.

Hollywood Backlot Come visit Big Fun Studios, a life-size outdoor backlot similar to the sets and studios of Los Angeles. You be the star! Walk the Red Carpet, stroll down the streets of New York or journey back to the Wild West!

Sound Effects Stage Show This new interactive stage show shows you what happens behind the scenes and lets onlookers play a part.

Sea Lion Encounters Live Show These celebrity animals have been on the big screen and the small screen. Now theyre coming to the State Fair with a special water stunt show and an educational program all about water and wildlife.

Hollywood High Dive Stunt Show These high flying stunt divers will celebrate Hollywood through the ages with their fast paced, high energy dive show that follows the story of the Hollywood movie making industry with fun costumes and music the whole family can enjoy.

Stars of the Peking Acrobats Live As seen in the movies, these amazing performers will combine sensational Chinese acrobatics with comedy, balancing feats and much more.

CSI Live (August 26 September 1) Dont miss this exciting interactive journey through the world of crime scene investigation only for a limited time.

Red Carpet Fashion Exhibit This exhibit will showcase actual red carpet fashions worn by real celebrities to major Hollywood events. Wardrobe provided by the Clothes Off Our Back charity.

Floriculture An Indy Adventure This horticultural masterpiece will replicate the on location set from this summers big screen hit Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls.

Animal Actors The 2008 State Fair will showcase a number of animal actors, including Blanco, the white Andalusian horse known for his role as Gandalfs horse Shadowfax in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Blanco will perform in the Cavalcade of Horses during the Fair.

The Fair opens at noon, August 15 and runs through September 1.

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Celebrity look-alikes: Report to CalExpo 7/31/2008
The State Fair, with its Hollywood theme, is on the hunt for celebrity look-alikes to interact with fair-goers, conduct media interviews and participate in special events and stage shows.

If you look like a celebrity, report for a casting call on Saturaday, August 2, 11 a.m., to the Cal Expo Administration Building, 1600 Exposition Blvd. Pre-registration is preferred but not necessary. Reserve your spot by emailing talent@calexpo.com or calling 916-263-7950.

The State Fair begins Friday, August 15 and runs through Labor Day. The Point West Area's biggest annual event will feature many attractions and exhibits that focus on Hollywood and how modern day moview and entertainment come to life.

For more information, visit the Big Fun web site.

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State Fair goes Hollywood! 6/30/2008
The California State Fair is planning to bring the excitement of Hollywood to Cal Expo this summer. This year, Fair organizers have settled on a number of featured attractions that will focus on Hollywood and how modern day movies and entertainment come to life.

Hollywood is an integral part of Californias culture and economy. Every industry and culture in the State has played a role in making Hollywood what it is today, said Norb Bartosik, State Fair CEO and General Manager.
Our goal is to celebrate those connections and bring some of the Hollywood energy, excitement and diversity to Cal Expo, while still maintaining our time honored State Fair traditions and customs.

The following are just a few of the Hollywood-themed exhibits and attractions that fairgoers can expect to see at Big Fun Studios from August 15 Labor Day.

Going Hollywood Exhibit (Presented By Stage Nine Entertainment Store) The Going Hollywood exhibit will take fairgoers on a journey through the movie-making process beginning with the development of a story and ending with movie production. Fans can see a casting call, get autographs from visiting celebrities and take pictures with costumed characters. A wide variety of film props and actual wardrobe items from different movie genres including; westerns, alien invasions, monster movies, romance and kids flicks will provide something for fans of all ages.

The center of the exhibit will be the Sound Stage Nine, an interactive replica of a sound stage complete with green screen technology, professional stunts, special effects and exclusive Q & A sessions with influential members of the Hollywood community.

Hollywood Backlot Come visit Big Fun Studios, a life-size outdoor backlot similar to the sets and studios of Los Angeles. You be the star! Walk the Red Carpet, stroll down the streets of New York or journey back to the Wild West!

Sound Effects Stage Show This new interactive stage show shows you what happens behind the scenes and lets onlookers play a part.

Sea Lion Encounters Live Show -These celebrity animals have been on the big screen and the small screen. Now theyre coming to the State Fair with a special water stunt show and an educational program all about water and wildlife.

Hollywood High Dive Stunt Show - These high flying stunt divers will celebrate Hollywood through the ages with their fast paced, high energy dive show that follows the story of the Hollywood movie making industry with fun costumes and music the whole family can enjoy.

Stars of the Peking Acrobats Live As seen in the movies, these amazing performers will combine sensational Chinese acrobatics with comedy, balancing feats and much more.

CSI Live (August 26 September 1) Dont miss this exciting interactive journey through the world of crime scene investigation only for a limited time.

Casting Calls the State Fair is on the hunt for celebrity look-alikes to help bring Big Fun Studios to life every day. Plus, on Saturdays during the Fair you may get discovered by participating in our special State Fair Casting Calls. Models, actors and performers wanted! Sponsored by John Robert Powers.

Red Carpet Fashion Exhibit This exhibit will showcase actual red carpet fashions worn by real celebrities to major Hollywood events. Wardrobe provided by the Clothes Off Our Back charity.

Floriculture An Indy Adventure This horticultural masterpiece will replicate the on location set from this summers big screen hit Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls.

Animal Actors The 2008 State Fair will showcase a number of animal actors, including Blanco, the white Andalusian horse known for his role as Gandalfs horse Shadowfax in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Blanco will perform in the Cavalcade of Horses during the Fair.

Big Fun Studios Movie Poster

In keeping with the theme, the State Fair will also be working with Los Angeles-based artist, Sergio Grisanti, to design its official Fair poster. Grisanti studied with John Alvin, a legendary movie poster artist who worked on such films as Lord of The Rings, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Lion King, and Pirate of the Caribbean. Alvin had originally agreed to design the State Fair poster but died unexpectedly earlier this year. Grisanti has graciously agreed to move forward with the project on his behalf as a tribute to his friend and mentor. The final State Fair poster will be unveiled in July and will be available to the general public after August 15.

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I-80 could get HOT! 6/30/2008
The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA), and Caltrans propose to jointly examine the legal, operational, financial, and logistical issues regarding implementing a system of High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes in the Sacramento Region.

A HOT lane is a bus/carpool lane on a freeway where a toll is charged to single-occupant vehicles who wish to use the lane. There is typically no charge for high occupancy vehicles (transit buses, carpools and vanpools). Tolls are usually collected by electronic toll collection systems.

The proposed study would examine the Interstate 80 Corridor between Interstate 5 in Sacramento County and State Route 65 in Placer County as a pilot HOT lane project. The study would determine if it is feasible to establish HOT lanes on this segment of I-80 and, if so, the specific operational, financial, logistical, and legal conditions and options. Most importantly, the study will include a specific to do list of actions that would need to be undertaken and issues that would need to be resolved to allow such a project to move forward to implementation. Using the perspective gleaned from this pilot project on I-80, the study would make recommendations as to which other corridors in the Sacramento Region are the best candidates for in-depth examination as HOT lanes.

With the scarcity of transportation funds, HOT lanes could help generate revenue to build critical transportation improvements to relieve traffic congestion. Without innovative funding, key transportation improvements may not be built for many years to come.

The concept of HOT lanes and its application in funding transportation infrastructure in the Sacramento region is supported by policies in the SACOG Metropolitan Transportation Plan 2035.

 

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Fix I-5 impacts? Give your feedback 6/23/2008
UC Davis has been asked to help evaluate the impacts of the I-5 Closure.   If you live or work in the western part of the greater Sacramento region, they would like to hear from you EVEN IF the project has NOT affected your travel.   

To participate in this effort, click here to start a survey
We've prepared a survey to obtain your feedback -- click here to start the survey.

It should take most people less than 15 minutes to complete. Your individual answers will not be shared with your employer or anyone else outside the research team, and your identity is unknown unless you choose to reveal it.

If you have any questions about the project, feel free to contact plmokhtarian@ucdavis.edu or phone (530-752-7062). Contact information for questions about the survey itself can be found at the foot of every survey page.

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Fix I-5: Stage 2 finished early 6/22/2008
Caltrans, prime contractor C.C. Myers, Inc. and their subcontractors are proud to report that southbound I-5 opened at 9 a.m. - 20 hours early! Below is a summary of last night's activities and today's work schedule.
-Saturday and Sunday morning, work crews finished pouring concrete on final auxiliary lane of southbound I-5 at the U.S. Highway 50/I-80 interchange. Temporary striping and reflective markers were applied to the entire Boat Section last night.
Near Richards Blvd., crews completed work to replace damaged slabs and temporary striping was also applied.
-Motorists are advised that crews will be removing traffic control devices and signage on southbound I-5 between the I-80 and U.S. Highway 50/Capitol City Freeway interchanges and to watch for intermittent lane and ramp closures. This work will be complete by 12 noon.
-Motorists are advised that they will be driving on rough, unfinished concrete with temporary delineation on I-5 through downtown Sacramento for the next two weeks. A final layer of polyester concrete and sealant will be applied to these lanes during Stages 3 and 4 of this project.
-The Traffic Management team reports another trouble-free evening through the work zone.
-The engineering staff reports that all scheduled work for Stage 2 has been completed. Crews will be working to smooth out the unfinished concrete in the southbound lane of I-5 through the Boat Section between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Minimal delays are expected.

Project updates will resume when Stage 3 of the project gets underway with a closure of southbound I-5 between Richards Blvd. and the U.S. Highway 50/Capitol City Freeway interchange beginning at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8.

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Point West Area Crime Prevention Task Force Formed 6/12/2008
The Point West Area TMA along with the North Sacramento Chamber of Commerce have formed a Crime Prevention Task Force to maintain the positive trend of reduced crime rates in the Point West Area.

Their first official meeting was Friday at the Doubletree Hotel. An Action Plan is currently being formulated and will be posted here with in the next few weeks.

To become a member of the Task Force, contact Rebecca@80corridor.com

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May Is Bike Month 4/20/2008

Tis the seaason to celebrate cycling: May is Bike Month!

The spring campaign to encourage bicycling recognizes that all your trips by bicycle are important - errands made by bicycle instead of by car, recreational cycling for health and fitness, and bicycle commuting.

For more information, go to www.mayisbikemonth.com/.

Once you're on the site, click on Register Now! in the menu at the right. Help the region achieve its Million Mile goal by pledging your cycling miles and start logging them on May 1. (miles logged in the Commuter Club will automatically be counted.)

Theere's a new feature that makes it easy and fun to challenge your friends or co-workers, and once again we have friendly challenges among employers.

You can also make nominations for a Bike Friendly Award. Categories include:

- Bike Friendly Employer
- Bicycling Advocate of the Year
- Commuter Cyclist of the Year
- Student Cyclist of the Year

Winners will be selected at a local level, then advance to the regional level to compete with other local winners for the Regional Award. Deadline for entries is Friday, May 9th. Regional Winners will be announced May 23rd.

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Capital City Freeway night time closures 4/17/2008

Capital City Freeway from Capitol Avenue to Arden Way will be subject to lane closures starting April 17, according to Caltrans. Motorists can expect the north and southbound #4 lanes to be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday.

The closures and work occurring on State Highway 51 are part of a $9.3 million project to repair and upgrade the median barrier. Completion is expected in August.

Unexpected weather or equipment problems may prolong or cause the work to be rescheduled. Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling through the work area and to Slow For the Cone Zone.

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Sierra Boulevard interchange closure 4/9/2008
Caltrans will close the existing westbound Interstate 80 (I-80) on/off ramps at Sierra College Boulevard from April 10 through April 14. Effective April 15, the entire interchange and overpass will be closed. No through traffic will be allowed on Sierra College Blvd between Granite Drive and Rocklin Road. The interchange is scheduled to reopen on April 25. Motorists should be aware that the interchange reopens utilizing new on/off ramp alignments.

Motorists are being advised to use the I-80 Rocklin Road Interchange as an alternate route and to expect delays. Changeable message signs have been placed along the highway alerting motorists of the closure and to mark the detour provided. Unexpected schedule changes may occur, motorists are advised to check roadside message boards for the latest closure information.

This closure is part of the $25 million project to rebuild and modernize the I-80 Sierra College Blvd. Interchange. This project will upgrade the overcrossing to five lanes, install bike lanes and increase the vertical clearance. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2008.

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Arden Way To Be Resurfaced 3/18/2008
The City of Sacramento plans to resurface the north side of Arden Way (Westbound) from Ethan Way to Harvard Street, beginning in July.

To minimize any impact to the Arden Fair Mall and businesses in the area, the work will be performed at night after 9 p.m. in three phases per the following schedule:

Phase I: Arden Way, from Ethan Way to Challenge Way: Work will be performed on Saturday night, July 12 between the hours of 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. and will continue Sunday night, July 13 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Phase II: Arden Way, from Challenge Way to 450 feet east of Point West Way (Sears Drive) : Work will be performed on Monday night, July 14 and Tuesday night, July 15 between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Phase III: Arden Way, from Point West Way (Sears Drive) to Harvard Street: Because of access to the freeway, work will be performed on Sunday night, July 20 and Monday night, July 21 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Some minor prep work will still be performed after 9 p.m. during the weekdays prior to and after resurfacing. One travel lane will be open to traffic at all times.

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Chains Required? Check It Out ... 1/31/2008
If you are traveling to Tahoe this winter, check out road conditions before you leave by going to http://www.dot.ca.gov/.

You can also check traffic along I-80 by calling our traffic hotline: 1-866-698-7232.

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New Incentives On-Line for 2008 Commuter Club members 1/31/2008
Commuter Club members who complete weekly commute diaries in 2008 are again in line to win cash and prizes. In 2007, more than $10,000 in prizes were awarded to members, including $7,000 in cash during the month of December.

Next year's prizes include coffee cards, movie passes, t-shirts, mouse pads, tote bags and a $10,000 Cash Wheel!

Commuter Club membership is free! Sign up below.

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Kaiser encouraging Commuter Club membership 1/31/2008
Kaiser Permanente is encouraging its employees to sign up for the on-line Commuter Club in hopes of positively impacting the region's traffic congestion and air quality. Special sign up promotions, with door prizes and other incentives, have been held at the Point West and Morse Avenue facilities. Any employee can sign up (to the left) and become part of the Kaiser Commuter Club which will be offering informational meetings and as well as an opportunity to provide input on how Kaiser can improve commute programs for its employees. For more information, contact Suzanne Dizon, Suzanne.Dizon@kp.org.
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Work continues on I-80 auxiliary lanes 7/29/2007
Work continues of Phase One of a $210 million project by Caltrans, Placer County, the City of Roseville and the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency to add additional lanes to 1-80 from the Sacramento/Placer County line to just east of State Highway 65. Completion is expected in 2010.

Here's what's planned for this week:

From Auburn Boulevard/Riverside Ave. to Douglas Blvd, eastbound motorists can expect various lane and shoulder closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Saturday.

From the Lead Hill Boulevard overcrossing to the Sacramento County line, westbound motorists can expect various lane and ramp closures from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Saturday.

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Sierra College Boulevard interchange work 7/29/2007
No traffic interfering work is scheduled for this week as crews continue to work on the $25 million plan to rebuild and modernize the interchange at Sierra College Blvd and I-80. The project will upgrade the overcrossing to five lanes, bike lanes, sidewalks and increased vertical clearance. Completion is expected in 2008.

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Free transit on Spare The Air days 7/29/2007
designated Spare The Air days this summer, Placer County commuters can ride any fixed-route or commuter bus service in Placer County for free. Free transit services include: Placer County Transit, Placer County Commuter Express, Auburn Transit, Roseville Transit, Roseville Transit Commuter Route and Lincoln Transit.   For more info: www.pctpa.org/alttrans/freefare.htm
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Input Sought for I-80 HOV Project 5/12/2007
Caltrans is seeking the public's input on the I-80 High Occupancy Vechile (HOV) project. An open house will be held Tuesday, May 15 at the Caltrans District 3 Office, 2800 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. The public is invited to exchange information, provide input and review project alternatives.

The proposed project will add bus and carpool lanes in the median of Interstate 80, in both directions, from west of West El Camino Avenue to Watt Avenue. It also inlcudes adding an auxiliary lanes to I-80 in both directions from West El Camino Avenue to the I-5/I-80 separation and from Northgate Boulevard to Norwood Avenue. A new retaining wall and sounds walls may also be constructed at various locations.

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May is Bike Commute Month 4/26/2007
in on the Bike Commute Month web site for prizes and information on upcoming cycling events in the region. Join other cyclists as we attempt to log one million cycling miles during the month of May.
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Buses to take the place of trains for a while 3/16/2007
Due to the recent train trestle fire in Sacramento, train service between Sacramento and Auburn (weekday trains 529 and 536; weekend trains 729 and 736) will be provided by motorcoach buses beginning Friday, March 16th. This will be in effect until the area is repaired by Union Pacific.
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Gas prices heading up again! 2/26/2007
California gas prices are edging toward $3 per gallon again - this time because of crude oil costs and a slowdown in fuel production. State motorists are paying an average of $2.75 per gallon, a 23-cent rise since the beginning of the month, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. "Pump prices have been clicking up daily by a penny or two for two weeks," noted the Chronicle article, "increases that can bet raced in part to a Feb. 16 fire at a Valero refinery inTexas that caused a ripple effect in California, Arizona and Nevada." Gas costs to station owners have jumped about 50 center per gallon, said AAA spokesperson Sean Comey, " and retailers haven't yet passed that full amount on to consumers. That would suggest there's a fairly significant price increase headed to your local gas station, concluded Comey.
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Roseville Transit offers e-alerts 2/2/2007
Roseville Transit will send a message to your email address whenever road construction or events may affect your travel on the Fixed Route or Commuter service. They will only send messages when they matter (road closure, bus re-route, bus stop closed, etc.). It is easy to sign-up: click "New Subscription," and then check the box for "Roseville Transit News." Messages are bi-lingual in both English and Spanish.
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Radar speed-feedback signs help school zones 2/2/2007
Roseville is installing speed-feedback sign in five local school zones. The signs are equipped with solar-powered, digital readouts that inform drivers of their speed using radar, and are programmed to operate for a short period of time in the morning and afternoon as children arrive and leave school. The signs do not take photos and are not used by Roseville Police to issue citations. Preliminary studies show a 7 to 10 mph reduction in traffic speeds when the signs are present, and City engineers hope the slowed speeds will encourage parents to let their children walk or ride their bikes to school.

Schools chosen for the signs were based on traffic volumes, speeds and accidents within the school zone. As of January 2007, there are a total of six signs operating in Roseville: two each on Junction Boulevard., Cirby Way and Berry Street. Four signs will be installed in the spring; two on Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard and two on Washington Boulevard. Ten more signs will be installed after July 2007.

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Work to begin on Hwy 49 near Auburn 1/5/2007
Caltrans in conjunction with the Highway 49 Safety Taskforce and Nevada County Supervisors Sue Horne and John Spencer, is alerting motorists that construction is scheduled to begin next week on a $600,000 project to improve safety along State Highway 49 between Grass Valley and Auburn.

Starting Sunday, January 8, a contractor is scheduled to begin work to install rumble-strips and double-yellow lines the entire stretch of the highway between McKnight Way and Wolf-Combie Road. The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of February, weather permitting. Most traffic-interfering work will occur during evening hours; however, some daytime work with moving lane closures may be necessary.

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Commuter Club prizes for 2007 1/1/2007
There's a new "spin" to Commuter Club membership in 2007. Every week Commuter Club members complete their commute diary, they gain a spin on the new Commuter Club prize wheel.

The prize wheel includes coffee cards, movie passes and chances to spin the $5,000 cash wheel at the end of the year. You can use your spins as you earn them or bank them for use any time prior to December 1, 2007. More prizes will be added during the year.

 

The cash wheel, which will be available during the month of December, will feature 3 $500 cash prizes, 10 $100 cash prizes, and 50 $50 dollar cash prizes.

 

The Commute Diary is easy to complete. Commuters can track their morning and evening commute modes daily or at the end of each week. The information gained from the diaries helps the region monitor and track commute travel trends.

 

In addition to the prize wheel and the cash wheel, Commuter Club members also have access to special program and services offered by the Regional Rideshare Program and the 50 Corridor TMA.

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New Year's Eve Closure 12/29/2006
State Route 275 from the Tower Bridge to 9th Street (Capitol Mall) will be closed from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on New Year's Eve for the New Year's Eve celebration and fireworks display.
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Pothole repairs on I-80 12/10/2006
trans crews will be working from the westbound off-ramp to Secret Town over crowwing to the cape Horn undercrossing this week, fixing potholes. Motorists can expect one-way traffic control from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday.
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Bridge project to impact cyclists and pedestrians 12/4/2006
Sacramento Northern Bridge over the American River as well as the bike trail between Dreher Street and Northgate Boulevard will be closed due to some urgently needed repairs on the bridge, according to the City of Sacramento. The City is repairing a crack on one of the bridge supports, and removing and replacing portions of the deck. Minor repairs to the fencing will also be done. Cyclists and pedestrians will be directed to the Highway 160 Bridge. Detour signs are posted. The work should be completed by late December.
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Fixing the Bottleneck 11/30/2006
Placer County officials announced this week a $210 million plan to fix the Roseville bottleneck on Interstate 80 where traffic abruptly goes from 10 lanes to six.

The "fix" includes High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes and auxiliary lanes. (Auxiliary lanes are special lanes on the freeway that connect onramps to offramps - in effect acting as an additional freeway lane.)

The project hopes to receive special funding from the recently passed transportation bond money. To date, officials have only identified $80 millionof the $210 million project.

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HOV Open House set for September 27 9/27/2006
Caltrans is seeking the publics input and comments on a project to add additional lanes to Interstate 80 "Across the Top" of Sacramento at a public open house Wednesday, September 27.

The proposed project will add an additional lane (bus/carpool or mixed flow) in the median of Interstate 80 in Sacramento County from the Sacramento River to Longview Drive. It may also include adding an auxiliary lane to I-80 between the West El Camino Avenue interchange and the Interstate 5 (I-5)/I-80 interchange. New retaining walls and sound walls may also be constructed at various locations.

The public open house will be held at the Robertson Community Center, located at 3525 Norwood Avenue, Sacramento, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. The public is invited to exchange information, provide input and review project alternatives. Maps and information will be on display and Caltrans personnel will be available to answer questions.

Caltrans is a department within the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency that operates and maintains California's transportation system under the direction of Secretary Sunne Wright McPeak and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. For more information about the department, please visit its Web site at www.dot.ca.gov. Information about the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency is available on the Internet at www.bth.ca.gov
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$10 Summer Youth Bus Pass Gets Kids All Around Roseville & Placer County
9/20/2006
Roseville Transit is joining forces with other south Placer County transit agencies to sell the popular Summer Youth Bus Pass. The $10 bus pass goes on sale May 1 and is available to kids in elementary grades through high school. The pass is good for unlimited rides June 1 through August 31 on Auburn Transit, Lincoln Transit, Placer County Transit and Roseville Transit.

The Summer Youth Bus Pass gives kids transportation access to summer fun and outdoor recreation spots and it can be used for rides to their summer jobs too, said Roseville Public Works Director Rob Jensen. The pass makes it convenient for kids to safely get around Roseville and Placer County and it helps them to learn the value of alternative transportation while having a safe and fun-filled summer vacation.

Popular regional destinations for youth transit riders include local swimming pools, theaters, bowling alleys, parks, camps, activities, summer school and jobs. Roseville Transit also serves Golfland SunSplash and the Westfield Galleria at Roseville.

Summer Youth Bus Pass sale locations and bus route information is available online at www.roseville.ca.us/transit or by calling (916) 774-5757.

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Delays for I-80 at Yuba Gap 9/18/2006
Crews will be blasting to remove decomposing rock material from the eastbound right shoulder of I-80 near Yuba Gap on Tuesday and Thursday. The work is necessary to prevent rock falls from occurring onto the roadway.

East and westbound motorists will be slowed by the CHP just east of the I-80/Highway 20 junction and will be stopped intermittently throughout each day. The work will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastbound motorists will be subject to delays of up to 20 minutes. Westbound traffic will be monitored but lengthy delays are not anticipated.

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Work begins on Arden Way 9/13/2006
The City of Sacramento Department of Transportation will be closing various lanes of Arden Way between the freeway and Ethan Way as the City starts renovation work September 18 on the center median near the Arden Fair Mall.

Work will continue through the end of the month, resume mid October and
be completed by the week of Thanksgiving.

The project involves replacing the old concrete.
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Adult cyclists sought for Sept. 12 bike tour of City 8/20/2006
Adult cyclists of all skill levels are invited to take part in a City-sponsored tour of Rosevilles bike routes that begins at 5:30 p.m., September 12, at the Roseville Civic Center on 311 Vernon Street. It is expected to last two hours, and while free-wheeling fun is a given on the outing, City representatives will obtain participant feedback during the event, to find out how to best meet the needs of the cycling community.

Cyclists will be led by a certified instructor and ride approximately 10 miles on streets and bike trails throughout the City. Input obtained from cyclists during the tour will be collected and applied in a workshop this fall for the City's Bicycle Master Plan Update.

All participants must be at least 18 years of age, wear a helmet and will be required to sign a release form to take part. Because the tour may include bicycling on major arterial streets, children are advised not to attend.

This is a great opportunity for cyclists to give us their hands-on input with how they want to shape the future of Roseville bike routes, said Mike Dour, City Bikeway Planner. Were looking forward to getting out there and finding out how to make every route as user-friendly and as functional as possible.

To attend the tour or get more information, contact the City of Roseville Transportation Division, (916) 774-5293, transportation@roseville.ca.us, or visit www.roseville.ca.us/bikeways.
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Lane Closures - Westbound Douglas Blvd. at I-80 Overpass 8/20/2006
Westbound Douglas Blvd. at the I-80 overpass will see delays as lanes will be closed for an asphalt repair on Saturday, September 9, from 6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Work is expected to last for one day.
Expect delays.
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Time for State Fair; expect more traffic 8/6/2006
   The California State Fair gets underway on Friday at Cal Expo. Expect more traffic along the Capital City Freeway around the Exposition Blvd. interchange. There will be a changeable message sign directing motorists to parking facilities for the fair.

For more information on State Fair activities, visit http://www.bigfun.org/2005/index.asp

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Take RT to the Fair and avoid traffic stress 8/6/2006
   Planning a trip this year to the California State Fair? Avoid traffic congestion and over-crowded parking lots by riding the bus right to Cal Expo.

   From August 11 through September 4, bus routes 67 and 68 will drop off and pick up fair goers at the Cal Expo main gate every 15 minutes. Both routes also stop at the 29th Street light rail station, allowing fair goers to park for free at light rail park-and-ride stations and transfer to a bus at 29th Street.

   Weekday buses run 15-minutes intervals from 5:45 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Weekend and Labor Day buses run 15-minute intervals from 10:08 a.m. to 7:51 p.m. Evening buses run at 30-minute intervals. The last bus leaves Cal Expo for the 29th Street light rail station at 11:13 p.m. every weeknight, on weekends and Labor Day.

   On weekends and Labor Day, RT also operates special bus service from the Arden/Del Paso light rail station to the Cal Expo main gate every 15 minutes from 9:45 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. and every 30 minutes from 7:45 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.

   To download State Fair routes, go to http://www.sacrt.com/statefair.stm

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Light rail down again this weekend 8/3/2006
Light rail in downtown Sacramento (from Alkali Flat Station to 16th Street Station) will shut down at 8 p.m. Friday night (August 4) and will remain closed until Monday morning at 4 a.m. (August 7).
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I-80 closed Tuesday night 7/31/2006
Drivers heading west on Interstate 80 will be subject to a short detour Tuesday night in order to pave a section of Interstate 80 known locally as the "Three-Mile-Grade".

On Tuesday, August 1, beginning at 9 p.m., the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol will direct westbound traffic on I-80 to exit at Secret Town/Rollins Lake. From there, drivers will be directed to head west on Rollins Lake Road to Highway 174 where they can head south to I-80 through Colfax. All westbound lanes are scheduled to re-open the following day by 6 a.m. Changeable Message Signs (CMS) and Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) messages will be used to alert motorists to the approaching work zone and detour.
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No light rail in Downtown this weekend 7/28/2006
Light rail in downtown Sacramento (from Alkali Flat Station to 16th Street Station) will shut down at 8 p.m. Friday and will remain closed until Monday morning at 4 a.m.
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Roseville Bikefest Moves Annual Event to Fall 7/27/2006
After 12 years of springtime bike safety events, Roseville Bikefest is moving to the fall.

There are many timely advantages to holding the event in September, including preparing children to ride their bicycles to school. To make the transition from spring to fall, two Roseville Bikefest events were planned for 2006. If you missed the Bikefest in the spring, dont worry, the next one is happening this fall!

September 30 will be the first fall Roseville Bikefest. Coyote Ridge Elementary School will be the host location. More information about Roseville Bikefest may be found online at www.roseville.ca.us/bikefest.

Roseville Bikefest
Saturday, September 30, 2006
9:00 a.m. noon
Coyote Ridge Elementary School
1751 Morning Star Drive, Roseville
FREE!
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Bad air through Friday 7/16/2006
Unhealthy air is predicted through Friday for the Sacramento Region. Our air will be "unhealthy for sensitive groups." Do your part to improve air quality by using your automobile less: take transit, carpool, bicycle or just don't go! For more information, visit www.sparetheair.com.
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Moderate Air Quality for July 4th 6/26/2006
Tuesday and Wednesday's air quality for the Sacramento Region is predicted to be "moderate" with no Spare The Air warnings currently posted. For more information, visit www.sparetheair.com.
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Convoy travels I-80 6/21/2006
A convoy celebrating the 50th anniversary of the interstate hghway system passed through Sacramento recently on its way to Washington, D.C. The convoy is following, in reverse, the general route that President Eisenhower and several hundred troops took in 1919.   To read more, go to http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/traffic/story/14268913p-15080124c.html
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Sacramento to host Town Hall Forums 6/15/2006
Sacramento's upcoming Town Hall Forums are particularly important because participants will have an opportunity to review the various growth scenarios.

There will be interactive exercises with aerial maps where
participants can give their input on: how to balance open space and
potential development in the Natomas Joint Vision Area; whether
executive airport should be considered for a new walkable mixed use
neighborhood; or the type and form of development in areas like Arco
Arena, Swanston Transit Center, 65th/Folsom Transit Center and Delta Shores.

When: Monday, June 19th from 6:00-8:30p.m.
Where: Ben Ali Shriners Center (3262 Marysville Blvd.)

When: Wednesday, June 21st from 6:00-8:30p.m.
Where: Barbara Comstock Elementary School (7000 Cranleigh Ave.)
 
When: Thursday, June 22nd from 6p.m-8:30p.m.
Where: Natomas High School (3301 Fong Ranch Rd.)

A new General Plan will not be prepared again for another 25 years.
This is your chance to affect the policies and the General Plan!

Free Food and raffle prizes!
RSVP by calling: (916) 808-7500
For more information visit our Website: www.sacgp.org

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Work scheduled for I-80 at Nyack 6/15/2006
Beginning at 6 a.m., Monday, June 19, and continuing for two weeks through noon on Friday, June 30, bridge repairs will be performed on eastbound Interstate 80 at Nyack. Eastbound Interstate 80 will be reduced to one lane of traffic beginning at 6 a.m., Monday, June 19 through noon on Friday, June 23. All lanes will reopen at noon on Friday, June 23, for weekend traffic and will remain open until to 6 a.m., Monday morning, June 26. All but one lane will remain closed from 6 a.m. Monday, June 26, until noon on Friday, June 30. The lane closure is necessary for bridge deck replacement at this location. The Nyack on and off-ramps will not be affected.

A contractor will be removing 4 inches of the existing bridge deck and replacing it with 4.5 inches of steel-reinforced concrete.

Unexpected weather or equipment problems may prolong or cause the work to be rescheduled. Roadside message boards will be used to post the latest information. Caltrans urges all motorists to use caution in this area and to "Slow for the Cone Zone".

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I-80 lanes still closed 5/3/2006
trans says the right two lanes of westbound Interstate 80 from Pinole Valley Road to Appian Way, as well as the Pinole Valley Road on-ramp, will be closed for at least two weeks to allow for repairs to a retaining wall that collapsed when a landslide occurred Sunday.

As a result of the lane closures, carpool restrictions for the High Occupancy Vehicle lane have temporarily been removed from state Route 4 in Hercules to just west of Appian Way in Pinole.

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Link added for gas prices 5/3/2006
High gas prices are impacting everyone on the 80 Corridor these days. To help you find the best deals and save you a few cents, we've added a link below to the Gas Buddies website. This web site lists the lowest regular gas prices found along the Corridor in the last 48 hours.
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Mudslide blocks I-80; 3 lanes open for Monday commute 4/30/2006
Pinole - Crews opened one lane on westbound I-80 at 6 pm, so three lanes will be open for the morning commute. Carpool restrictions will be lifted westbound between Route 4 and Appian Way to help traffic flow but will be enforced beyond that point.

A major mudslide occurred this morning and blocked the two right lanes of westbound Interstate 80 and the auxiliary lane at Pinole Valley Road.

Caltrans engineers are assessing the magnitude of the slide. They
anticipate a long term closure in order to stabilize the hill.

Motorists are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes, including the Benicia and Golden Gate bridges and San Pablo Avenue/Route 123. Plan ahead and call 511 for assistance with public transit such as buses, BART, Amtrak Capital Corridors and Vallejo Baylink Ferry.

The heavy rains in March saturated the hillside to the west of the freeway. Caltrans closed a portion of the auxiliary lane over a week ago when the retaining wall began to bulge. This slide is much larger and springs from higher up on the hill.
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Not Just Another Monday ... 4/28/2006
The City of Sacramento has issued a notice that Monday, May 1st, they are expecting significant disruptions to normal traffic flows in the downtown district due to lawful and permitted protests. These protests are sponsored by immigration rights groups and participants are expected to reach 10,000.
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Highway 65 to experience nightly closings 4/18/2006
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced that Highway 65 is scheduled to be closed nightly in both directions from Twelve Bridges Road to Ferrari Ranch Road from Tuesday, April 18 through Thursday, April 20 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. A contractor is scheduled to remove falsework from the Joiner Parkway overpass.

Northbound traffic on Highway 65 will be detoured to Sterling Parkway, then onto Joiner Parkway, then to Ferrari Ranch Road and back on to Highway 65. Southbound traffic will be taken off Highway 65 to Ferrari Ranch Road, then to Joiner Parkway, then to Sterling Parkway and back onto Highway 65.

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Workshops on rail stations 4/17/2006
City of Sacramento needs your help transforming the area around
three key North Sacramento Light Rail Stations!

- The City is leading an effort to develop the Northeast Line Light Rail
Station Plan.
- The Plan will focus on community improvements, including wider
sidewalks , safer streets, and new trees and landscaping.
-The Plan will guide future development and revitalization.

Give your thoughts, concerns and ideas by attending a community workshop.

Community Workshops #1 Visioning Series

Arden/Del Paso Station - April 26, 2006
5:30 - 6:30 pm Optional Walking Tour
7:00 - 9:00 pm Workshop
Fire Station 20
300 Arden Way

Royal Oaks Station - May 8, 2006
5:30 - 6:30 pm Optional Walking Tour
7:00 - 9:00 pm Workshop
Woodlake Elementary School
700 Southgate Rd

For more information about the Northeast Line Light Rail Station Plan,
please visit the City's website at
www.cityofsacramento.org/dsd/planning/projects/northeast

or call: Brian Abbanat, the City's Project Manager at (916) 808-7584

All events are free and open to the public

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Calling all bicycle commuters ... 4/6/2006
May is Bike Commute Month and the Sacramento Region is once again planning to log one million cycling miles during May. To register, visit the web site www.bikecommutemonth.com. You'll also find a list of activities planned for the month.
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North Sac Blueprint Workshop 3/30/2006

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) is now developing its 25 year regional plan for transportation spending. The Metropolitan
Transportation Plan 2030 (MTP 2030), will guide $20 billion dollars for transit, roads, neighborhood improvements, bike trails and other transportation related projects. Your help is needed to shape these important spending decisions! To register for an evening workshop, please call Valley Vision at (916) 325-1634 or log on to: http://www.sacog.org/mtp.


Scheduled workshops include:
May 25, 2006 - 6-9:00 p.m. - North Sacramento Workshop
May 31, 2006 - 6-9:00 p.m. - South Sacramento Workshop
June 3, 2006 - 9:00 a.m. - Noon - Citrus Heights/Orangevale Workshop
June 7, 2006 - 6-9:00 p.m. - South Sacramento County Workshop

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One lane traffic; one hour delays 3/29/2006
Eastbound traffic traveling on I-80 is reduced to one lane about 1 mile east of Baxter due to an accident this Wednesday afternoon. Motorists are subject to one hour delays.
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Deadly Driving Mistakes 3/18/2006
Driven badly, a car is a killing machine. AAA offers this list of the top mistakes drivers make:

Inattention/distraction. This is a special risk if you drive the same route every day and get lulled by the road. But it also can be caused by you - using a cell phone, looking at a sign. Driving requires full attention.

Following another vehicle too closely. In dry weather, 3-4 seconds is the minimum needed to stop; in bad weather or darkness, 8-9 seconds.

Driving too fast in bad conditions.

Driving after taking medicine. Some prescription and over-the-counter drugs can impair your skills as much as alcohol.

Running red lights.

Aggressive driving. Weaving, changing lanes, cutting people off.

Not wearing a seat belt. Despite state laws, 20% of drivers still don't. You are 25 times more likely to die in a crash.

Not yielding the right of way. No one has it; you have to give it and have it be taken. Pedestrians should have the rigth of way at a crosswalk; vehicles on the left should yield to those on the right.

Not looking far enough ahead. Driving requires perception, decision and action. You need to scan the road in front, alongside and in the rear. Don't just focus on the car in front.

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Retail related congestion expected 2/27/2006
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is alerting motorists to expect heavy traffic in and around the West Sacramento area on Wednesday, March 1 due to the opening of a major furniture store at Interstate 80 and Reed Avenue.

Motorists should expect heavy traffic on east and westbound Interstate 80 exiting at Reed Avenue, Harbor Blvd and West Capitol Avenue. U.S. 50 and Interstate 5 in the West Sacramento area may be congested as well.

Changeable message signs will be in place on several locations on I-80, I-5 and U.S. 50 approaching the West Sacramento area.
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I-Stops need homes 2/25/2006
Regional Transit now has available new solar powered bus stop signage and lighting units called "i-stops" with the following features:
-Improves communications between drivers and riders via a driver alert beacon, reducing the possibility of pass-bys
-Improves access to bus arrival information via a schedule display and illumination capabilities with braille and buttons to assist visually impaired
-Increases sense of security via high performance, reliable down lighting
RT has on hand 14 of these units to initially install. We are looking for suggestions from riders for good locations to install these first units. If you have a location recommendation, please send the following information to tcanfield@sacrt.com:
Your name and phone number or email address
Bus Route #
Bus Stop # (posted on the back of most signs)
Street name
Nearest cross street
Traffic direction: north, south, east, west
Please explain why this would be a good stop for an i-stop unit
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Downtown Plan advances for Rocklin 2/12/2006
From The Placer Herald   Though there was no formal vote, Rocklin's city council and planning commission approved the downtown plan at a special meeting last Tuesday night.

The groups' casual consensus directed city staff to incorporate the downtown plan into the city general plan that is currently being revised, for an environmental impact report. According to city representatives, more presentations and public hearings will take place once the EIR is complete.

Tuesday's meeting included a presentation from Al Zelinka and Jason Jones, of RBF Consulting's Urban Design Studio, as well as public commments on the plan.

"The intent of the vision plan is a long-term view; it's not something that will be built overnight," Zelinka said. He called the plan a "vision of what could be, not what shall be."

The downtown plan is designed for approximately 113 acres, centered at Rocklin Road and Pacific Street. The development calls for buildings with up to four stories, with residential, commercial and business uses. Its estimated cost is in excess of $119.78 million, though much of the cost would be paid for by private development.

During one of several question and answer periods, Councilman Brett Storey asked if the plan incorporated the right mix of uses for a successful downtown.

Zelinka said the use design needs to strike a balance fundamentally.

"This needs to be a plan that is market-responsive, as well as community supported," he said.

Some of the plan's specifics call for Quarry Park - what Jones called "Rocklin's Central Park" - to grow out of Big Gun Quarry, with an amphitheater, lake and park space. Primary commercial development would be built along Pacific Street, while Front Street would play host to Heritage Park near Roundhouse Square for a more historic feel. The plan also calls for a moving Finnish Hall and building a new library and civic center.

Parking along the street and in structures is a primary concern of the plan, with $107 million of the total estimated cost earmarked for it. Traffic calming measures throughout the proposed downtown are geared for encouraging pedestrian traffic.

Zelinka, a "certified main street manager," also recommended that Rocklin create a main street organization and find a downtown manager to help focus on issues specific to the area, as well as to promote the future district's businesses.

"Design is part of it," Zelinka said. "But what is more important is ... when you have a great place, people will come."

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Adopt A Highway! 2/8/2006
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 3 office is soliciting volunteers to help with its Adopt-A-Highway program in Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties.

The Adopt-A-Highway program was started in 1989 and has been one of the truly successful government-public partnerships of our time. Since 1989, more than 120,000 Californians have kept over 15,000 shoulder-miles of roadside clean statewide.

 

Participation can include one or more of the following activities:

|Removing litter (work frequency varies with location)

||Planting and establishing trees or wildflowers

|Removing graffiti

|Controlling vegetation

Adoptions usually span a two-mile stretch of roadside and permits are issued for five-year periods. Groups may apply for additional five-year permits. Volunteers work between 6 to 24 times per year, depending on the location and most work is done on weekends. Groups who want to participate in the program can be as small as one individual or as large as 100 persons.

Caltrans provides the safety training, equipment and trash bags necessary to do the work.

 

Each district within Caltrans annually recognizes outstanding organizations and makes an award for a Volunteer of the Year. Caltrans District 3 recognizes two organizations annually. Additionally, Caltrans recognizes each individual/organization by erecting a sign within the adopted segment of highway with the volunteer individual/organization's name.

If anyone is interested in volunteering for this program, please call (530) 741-4310 to start the process. For more information on the Adopt-A-Highway program, you can go to its website at:

http://adopt-a-highway.dot.ca.gov.

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Chain requirements in place 1/28/2006
Chains are required on all vehicles except 4-wheel drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels from Kingvale to Donner Lake.
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Chain restrictions lifted 1/19/2006
Chain restrictions for Interstate 80, Cisco to Truckee, have been lifted but motorists are advised to carry chains when traveling through the mountains. Please check this web site freqently for updates on weather and road conditions.

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Winter Story Warning through 10 p.m. 1/18/2006
 The Winter Storm Warming for the Western Slope of the Sierra issued on Tuesday is now set to expire Wendesday at 10 p.m. Periods of moderate to heavy snow will continue this evening. Gusty winds to nearly 50 mph will continue to create hazardous traveling conditions. Snow levels have fallen to near 3000 feet in a very cold air mass. Additional accumulations of 4-6 inches are possible by Wednesday evening above 500 feet, with up to 10 inches above 7000 feet. Snow will taper off to scattered snow showers late Wednesday night
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Chains required for 80 1/18/2006
   Due to hazardous wather conditions, chains are required for travel in the Sierra Wednesday evening for all vehicles except 4-wheel drive vehicles with all four snow tires.

Eastbound, chain restrictions are from Cisco to Truckee. Trucks are being screened at Applegate.

Westbound, chain restructions begin 7 miles east of Truckee. Tucks are being screened 5 miles west of Reno.

   

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Winter Storm expected through Wednesday 1/17/2006
Motorists should beware of a strong winter storm with heavy snow and gusty winds on tap for the Sierra late Tuesday through Wednesday afrernoon.

The combination of heavy heavy snow and strong winds will produce white-out conditions at times Tuesday afternoon for motorist driving though the mountains.

Residents and mountain travelers are urged to monitor the latest weather forecats and weather updates. Motorists should carry tire chains and be ready for significant traffic delays and possible road closures. The wind and show shoulddecrease by Wednesday evening.

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No current travel restrictions 1/15/2006
 As of Sunday afternoon, no travel restrictions have been advised for Interstate 80. However, the kick-off to the Martin Luther King holiday was not exactly smooth sailing for those heading to Truckee and the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.

A storm on Saturday brought traffic to a crawl, forcing drivers to use chains on both US 50 and I-80. According to one CHP officer, when one spin-out would clear, another would occur. The slow driving conditions lasted until late Saturday evening.

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City reopens Northgate 1/11/2006
The City of Sacramento Department of Transportation is reopening Northgate Boulevard at approximately 10:00 a.m. after a portion was closed overnight due to roadway flooding.

Northgate Boulevard will be open from Highway 160 to Garden Highway and Del Paso Boulevard will be open at Railroad Drive through Northgate Boulevard.

City staff will continue to closely monitor the Sacramento River level.

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Northgage Blvd closes; floodgates may be closed again 1/10/2006

   The City of Sacramento Department of Transportation has closed Northgate Boulevard due to localized flooding following a late afternoon rise in the Sacramento River causing Steelhead Creek to flood the roadway. In addition, City workers are continuing to monitor gauges and are preparing to close the floodgates on Del Paso Boulevard between Railroad Drive and Northgate Boulevard if necessary. The gates were reopened yesterday after being closed for two weeks. Closing the floodgates prevents the flooding of Del Paso Boulevard to spread to the north.

With the road closure and potential floodgate closure, Northgate Boulevard will be closed from Highway 160 to Garden Highway until further notice and Del Paso Boulevard will be closed at Railroad Drive through Northgate Boulevard if the floodgates need to be closed.. Drivers will need to find alternate routes off of Highway 160.

The Department routinely closes the floodgate when the water reaches 24.5 feet at the Steelhead Creek gauge.

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RT Work In Downtown Sac 1/9/2006
Here's where RT is working this week:

8th Street (Between H & I)
The middle lane of 8th Street will continue to be closed this week as crews continue to work on water line tie-ins. Both the left and right lanes on 8th Street will be open during the day. All three lanes will be open during commute hours.
Work on 8th Street in this area will also take place in the evening, so please drive with caution when traveling in this vicinity.
7th Street (Between Merchant Alley & J Street) - Night Work
Beginning Tuesday evening, January 10, crews will be working nights on 7th Street between J and K streets to complete a 10" sewer line tie-in. This work is related to the 48" sewer line that was installed last Fall on 7th Street. Expect one lane to be closed on 7th Street during the evening. Work will begin after 7 p.m. and will be completed each morning by 5 a.m.
K Street (Between 7th & 8th)
SMUD crews will be working on a manhole on K Street between 7th & 8th streets. The work will take place just east of the Starbucks, but should not impact pedestrian or light rail traffic in the area. The work requires a SMUD truck to be parked on the K Street mall and workers going inside an existing manhole.
Although there should be little impact to pedestrians, please use caution in the area.
SMUD work will also take place on 8th Street near K Street. Expect lane closures during the day.
H Street (Between 5th & 7th)
Crews will continue to work on H Street between 5th & 7th streets in preparation for installing light rail track on H Street. Track construction on H Street beginning at the Amtrak Depot is scheduled to begin in about three weeks. Leading up to this trackwork will be lane closures on H Street. Please use caution while driving in this area.
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Del Paso Floodgates Open 1/9/2006
   With the water receded, the City of Sacramento Department Transportation has officially reopened the floodgates on Del Paso Boulevard between Railroad Drive and Northgate Boulevard.   The floodgates were closed December 26 to prevent flooding of Del Paso Boulevard. With the floodgates open, Del Paso Boulevard between Railroad Drive and Northgate Boulevard is open to traffic, as is Del Paso Boulevard between Northgate and the Arden Garden Connector.

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New Web site aimed at relieving traffic congestion in Placer County 1/6/2006
The Placer County Transportation Planning Agency has united community leaders and citizen to improve local roadways byoffering a web site devoted to traffic solutions. The Web site includes the latest information concerning Placer County transportation roadway improvement issues, funding challenges and potential solutions. Residents can log on to the Web site to find out where local community meetings will be held to address transportation issues in the county. In addition, there is a section for residents to sign-up and share their traffic
frustrations and offer ideas for funding solutions.

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80 Open to Tahoe 1/3/2006
There are currently no traffic restrictions on I-80 from Sacramento to Truckee. Interstate 80 had experienced some lane closures due to weather conditions, however, traffic is now moving as normal.
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Problems for Bus 80 Connector Ramp 1/3/2006
A big rig spilled its load of lumber on a busy Sacramento freeway ramp today just before 1 p.m. The mishap occurred on the connector ramp from westbound Highway 50 to the Business 80 freeway. The crash was blocking all lanes of the transition ramp and it was unclear when the ramp would be reopened.
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80 Expected to Open on Monday 1/2/2006
Traffic was expected to be moving along I-80 in the Truckee area by Monday morning.    The interstate was closed Saturday due to a mud slide. Eastbound lanes were opened Sunday morning; westbound lanes were expected to be open prior to Monday morning.

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80 Closed Near Truckee 12/31/2005
Caltrans has closed Interstate 80, five miles east of Truckee, due to a major mudslide covering both directions of the interstate.

The slide occurred at approximately 3 a.m. At the time of the slide, approximately six big rigs were caught in the slide, as well as four pieces of Caltrans equipment and four employees. All big rig drivers and Caltrans personnel were rescued, and there have been no reports of injuries, according to the release. The slide occurred at Iceland Grade from the westbound side of the interstate, taking out between 300 and 400 feet of center median barrier, covering both the eastbound and westbound lanes, the release said. All eastbound traffic is being held in Truckee and westbound traffic is being held at the Nevada/California Stateline. Preliminary estimates for reopening the freeway is approximately 48 hours," according to the news release. Emergency repairs are expected to start as soon as the slide stabilizes, which should happen once the rain lets up, according to the release. Caltrans is urging motorists to use caution when driving in the Sierra during the holiday weekend and to be alert for changing conditions.
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Free transit on New Year's Eve 12/30/2005
   The Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) will offer free rides on buses and light rail from 6 p.m. Saturday, December 31, until the last regularly scheduled trip. Special service on light rail will run outbound from downtown Sacramento at 2 a.m. RT's bus route #143 will run until 2 a.m.

RT is providing this public service to Sacramento residents as a safe alternative to driving. Attendees of the annual New Years Eve celebration in Old Sacramento, hosted by The City of Sacramento and the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB), can take advantage of RTs free service and avoid downtown traffic congestion and parking shortages.

The event, which attracts up to 50,000 people, offers street entertainment starting at 6 p.m. and fireworks displays at both 9 p.m. and at midnight.

To accommodate attendees of the New Years Eve Sky Concert in Old Sacramento, RT buses will run on their regular schedules throughout the evening with the exception of #143 (the downtown shuttle route that serves the K Street Mall and Old Sacramento), which will run every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. on December 31, until 2 a.m. on January 1, 2006.

Light Rail trains will run a regular schedule (every 30-minutes at night) but will offer one last train leaving from 7th & K streets (St. Rose of Lima Park) and 9th & K, each direction, at 2 a.m. Passengers should check schedules for times prior to 2 a.m. and are reminded to note the vehicle headsign for the trains final destination.

For revelers taking advantage of the free service and 2 a.m. train, RT will increase the hours of security at designated park-and-ride lots.

RT will run Sunday/Holiday bus and light rail service on Sunday, January 1, 2006 (New Years Day).

RTs Call Center, Downtown Service Center (818 K Street), front desk and Photo ID (1400 29th Street) are closed on New Years Day.

For route and schedule information, visit RT's web site at www.sacrt.com or call (916) 321-BUSS (2877). For information about the New Year's Event in Old Sacramento, call the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau at (916) 808-7777.

RT provides bus and light rail service 365 days a year.
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Chain Requirements 12/27/2005
 Chains are not currently required for traveling from Sacramento to Truckee. However, several routes in the Sierra are closed are have chain requirements. For a list, click here: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr89 .
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New Interchange Opens! 12/19/2005
  The newly-designed interchange at Sunrise Avenue and Douglas Boulevard near Interstate 80 in Roseville opened Friday. The $35 million project includes a new tunnel and overhead flyway. Officials said the two additions are expected to improve congestion at the busy intersection by up to 15 percent. "This project is right next to the busiest intersection with over 94,000 cars a day. This project will reduce that by about 15,000 cars," Roseville traffic engineer Rhon Herndon said. The 800-foot tunnel connects motorists on northbound Sunrise Avenue onto eastbound I-80.
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Douglas Blvd Interchange almost ready for traffic 12/12/2005
Caltrans is putting the finishing touches on its multimillion-dollar project at the Interstate 80/Douglas Boulevard interchange in Roseville. The project intended to ease traffic congestion, is scheduled for completion on Friday.

The cost of the tunnel and bridge project is about $35 million.

"Right now, we are just buttoning up the last-minute things like the electrical into the tunnel, the ventilation system, the emergency communication systems that we are putting the final touches on ... and the fly-over ramp, we are putting up the fencing and railings," Caltrans spokesman Jan Mendoza said.

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Turn on your lights! 12/1/2005
   Just a reminder that state law now requires all drivers to turn on their headlights if their windshield wipers are on. Stay safe during this rainy season. Other "safe driving in the rain" tips include ... make sure your windows are clean inside and out; make sure your tires have sufficient tread and are properly inflated; don't abruptly hit the brakes; be aware of the spray coming from passing and oncoming vehicles; never drive through deep water on a flooded road; and SLOW DOWN!
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Free Rides on the Holiday Bus 12/1/2005
   Sacramento Regional Transit will once again offer the Sacramento community free rides on its holiday bus. But, this year there will be a special charitable giving opportunity. Passengers can opt to donate their normal RT fare to the Volunteers of America;s housing program that benefits Hurricane Katrina evacuees. For more details on where and when the Holiday bus will be operating, email TCanfield@sacrt.com.
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I-80 Construction for this week 11/13/2005
   Work continues this week on the $35 million project by the City of Roseville and Caltrans to improve the Douglas Blvd. interchange. Motorists can expect various lane and ramp closures on east and westbound I-80 approaching Douglas Blvd. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Friday at noon. Completion of the entire project is expected at the end of 2005.

   Work is also progressing on projects to install Traffic Operating System elements (traffic cams, ramp meters, traffic sensors,etc.) on I-5 between Pocket Road and the I-80 interchange, and on I-80 from West El Camino Avenue to Auburn Blvd. Motorists canexpect lane and ramp closures 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., through Saturday on I-5. Motorists can expect lane closures on I-80 between the I-5 junction and Auburn Blvd. from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Friday.

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Del Paso Blvd Closure 11/4/2005
   The City of Sacramento Department of Transportation will close Del Paso Boulevard between Northgate Boulevard and the Highway 160 on-ramp on Wednesday, November 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. City crews will be conducting floodgate preparedness training and completing annual maintenance.

   Appropriate detour signs will be in place to direct traffic. For more information, the Street Services Customer Service Line at 808-1888

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Name a Tunnel! 10/16/2005
   The City of Roseville is still soliciting names for the tunnel that  being constructed as part of the Douglas/I-80 Improvement Project.

   Sixty-six names were previously submitted, however, none of the names fit the criteria for naming the tunnel set forth by Caltrans.

   Although the tunnel is within the city's boundaries, it is within the state right-of-way and must conform with Caltran's policies for naming State Transportation facilities.

   Given the recent development, the Tunnel Naming Sub-committee has decided to void all the names that were submitted and open the nomination period again. The nomination period will close on October 19, 2005.

   Individuals are encouraged to submit names that meet the naming criteria.

   If you have any questions, please contact Raul Cervantes at (916) 746-1300 or Vonette McCauley at (916) 774-5470.

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Report reckless drivers 9/27/2005
   A feature of 80corridor.com is a link for reporting reckless drivers, a program started by Barbara Keck whose 20-year-old daughter Lesley was killed by a motorist who was speeding and lost control of his car. Recognizing that reckless driving is a behavior and typically occurs on a regular basis, this reporting function gives local law enforcement an advantage in finding and stopping reckless drivers.

   "As you report a bad driver, realize that your willingness to get involved may literally save a life of someone you love, said Henry Serrano, Chief of the Citrus Heights Police Department. Once the same vehicle is reported a number of times on the same street or geographical area, law enforcement is notified so they can be on the look out for the vehicle.

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Big dollars headed to I-80 9/27/2005
   The recent federal transportation bill approved by Contress recent will bring $71 million for I-80 improvements in Placer County - and some $43 million will be available as soon as October. The total project to widen the I-80 corridor between Sacramento and Placer County line and Highway 65 near Roseville is estimated at $160 million.
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Roseville in Motion! 9/27/2005
   The Roseville City Council has proclaimed October as Roseville in Motion Month,. Throughout the month the Transportation Division is providing incentives for those who live and/or work in Roseville to use alternative modes of transportation.

   The City hopes to encourage citizens to try alternative modes of transportation and become aware of the many benefits, including: saving money on gas and auto maintenance; reducing traffic congestion; improving air quality and personal health; and reducing the stress of driving in traffic.

   The 2005 Roseville in Motion promotional events scheduled are:

   *October 3-7 - International Walk to School Week - During this week the City is encouraging students to walk or bicycle to school. Roseville in Motion flyers will be distributed to schools in Roseville.

   *October 6 - Communities in Motion Day - Everyone who rides a Roseville Transit bus (fixed route, dial-a-ride, and/or commuter) on this day will receive a free gift. P October 15 - Family Transit Day - Families who present a coupon to a Roseville Transit driver can ride the fixed route buses for free on this day. Free ride coupons are available in the City's Roseville Reflections and Transportation Alternatives newsletters, on Roseville in Motion flyers at pass distribution sites and on the Citys website.

   *October 16-22 - Commuter Awareness Week - During this week, those who commute to work in Roseville using alternative modes of transportation can enter a drawing for great prizes.

   Participants can register on line at www.roseville.ca.us/motion or by phone at (916) 774-5293. For more information, log on to www.roseville.ca.us/motion or call the Transportation Division at (916) 774-5293.

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New Bicycle Lockers Help Promote Bike-to-Work Programs 7/20/2004
Rosevilles Public Works Department is making it easier for residents to commute to work by bicycle with the recent installation of 49 bicycle lockers at various sites throughout the City.

The bicycle locker program is part of the Citys on-going efforts to promote bicycling to work, school, shopping and other errands as a healthy and inexpensive alternative to driving. Bicycling not only helps the environment by reducing air pollution and dependence on fossil fuels, but it also improves physical fitness.

Twelve lockers are available free to the public for use as part of residents commute trip to work. Four (4) lockers each will be at Maidu Park, 1550 Maidu Drive, and the park-and-ride lots and the Amtrak Station, 201 Pacific Street, and the Taylor Road site, 1853 Taylor Road. To reserve a bike locker, call the departments Transportation Division at (916) 774-5293.

The City distributed the remaining 37 lockers to the Northern California Power Agency, Pasco Scientific, Kaiser Permanente-Riverside Campus, State Farm Insurance and NEC Electronics for use by employees. The companies were selected based on their active commitment to promote alternative commuter transportation such as bicycling and a demonstrated need for employee bicycle lockers.

The 49 lockers cost about $50,000 to purchase and install. About 90 percent of the funding came from a grant by the California Department of Transportations Bicycle Transportation Account. The remaining 10 percent comes from local transportation funds provided by the City of Roseville.

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New Bicycle Lockers Help Promote Bike-to-Work Programs 7/20/2004
   Rosevilles Public Works Department is making it easier for residents to commute to work by bicycle with the recent installation of 49 bicycle lockers at various sites throughout the City.

   The bicycle locker program is part of the Citys on-going efforts to promote bicycling to work, school, shopping and other errands as a healthy and inexpensive alternative to driving. Bicycling not only helps the environment by reducing air pollution and dependence on fossil fuels, but it also improves physical fitness.

   Twelve lockers are available free to the public for use as part of residents commute trip to work. Four (4) lockers each will be at Maidu Park, 1550 Maidu Drive, and the park-and-ride lots and the Amtrak Station, 201 Pacific Street, and the Taylor Road site, 1853 Taylor Road. To reserve a bike locker, call the departments Transportation Division at (916) 774-5293.

   The City distributed the remaining 37 lockers to the Northern California Power Agency, Pasco Scientific, Kaiser Permanente-Riverside Campus, State Farm Insurance and NEC Electronics for use by employees. The companies were selected based on their active commitment to promote alternative commuter transportation such as bicycling and a demonstrated need for employee bicycle lockers.

   The 49 lockers cost about $50,000 to purchase and install. About 90 percent of the funding came from a grant by the California Department of Transportations Bicycle Transportation Account. The remaining 10 percent comes from local transportation funds provided by the City of Roseville.

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