March 31, 2020: Transit agencies have been on the leading edge of the Covid19 crisis. They were one of the first sectors of the economy to be hit hard, as many employers sent workers home to telecommute or closed their doors entirely. Schools across the Greater Sacramento region closed two weeks ago, leaving another large group of transit riders at home.
March 31, 2020: In West Sacramento the mayor interviewed the school district superintendent on Zoom, using questions community members had posted on social media. In Roseville, City staff posted signs at grocery stores that have the City’s Covid-19 website and phone number for people to get local information and FAQs. And in Placer County the staff are working collaboratively through Teams.
March 31, 2020: No matter where you come from in the Greater Sacramento region, you know that sinking feeling as you approach the sea of brake lights on the causeway over the Yolo Bypass. As transportation reporter Tony Bizjak joked in the Sacramento Bee, “it’s become a major pain in the bumper.”
The key reason the freeway between West Sacramento and Davis is so often jammed is high demand: more people want to drive that route than it can smoothly accommodate. The best solution is to give all those travelers more options to get where they want to go. This includes giving people better transit options, better bike and walking options, and making more efficient use of the space on the freeway.
March 26, 2020: It is with mixed emotions and sincere gratitude for his service that we announce today that Kirk Trost is retiring from SACOG to return to private practice. While we will miss Kirk’s extraordinary contributions to so much of our work daily, we are pleased that he will continue to serve as outside general counsel to SACOG.
Please note that due to health concerns about the COVID-19 virus, this meeting will be held by teleconference only and will be open to public participation remotely. Members of the public are invited to observe the live stream over the internet. Details of the meeting will be posted prior to the meeting.