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News & Guest Blog Posts

Everyday, our region’s counties and cities are taking actions to make this to best place to work, live, and play. We will share our member city and county milestones here, along with our own regional news and blog posts.

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What the Trump Administration’s Infrastructure Proposal Means for the SACOG region

The White House released its much anticipated infrastructure plan on February 12. The proposal to invest $1.5 trillion over 10 years is eye-catching and shines a sorely needed spotlight on the need to invest in the nation’s roadways, railways and waterways. The plan itself is significant in that it represents a major departure from how the federal government has viewed infrastructure and its role in supporting state and local projects.

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Subscribe to receive the Current
SACOG's regional newsletter

In January, SACOG launched the Current, an electronic newsletter that celebrates the dynamic, vibrant, and diverse six-county greater Sacramento region. the Current is written and curated by staff at the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, but is for and about the region.

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Missouri Flat Bike Trail opens in El Dorado County

The Missouri Flat bike trail officially opened January 12 in El Dorado County. The trail was dedicated to 2016 Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) “Citizen of the Year” winner  Bob Smart for his efforts in helping to create pathway accessibility to pedestrians and cyclist communities in the county.

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SACOG Announces New Board Leadership for 2018

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Board of Directors have elected City of Sacramento Councilmember Jay Schenirer as the 2018 Board Chair and City of Rancho Cordova Councilmember David Sander as Board Vice Chair. 

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NACTO Released Policy Recommendations for planning and implementation of Automated Vehicles

Cities across the nation have become the testing grounds of numerous technology firms and automakers testing fleets of automated vehicles. In a few years, automated vehicles could be operating everywhere on our city streets, with far-reaching consequences and opportunities for safety, mobility, and public space.

To help cities prepare for the age of autonomous vehicles, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has asked stakeholders at all levels to implement the following recommendations into their transportation networks:

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CEQA Streamlining Upheld
Sustainable Communities Strategy Affirmed as Infill Environmental Review

Recently, the Yamanee mixed-use residential project in midtown Sacramento, won a lawsuit filed by opponents over environmental issues. The Sustainable Communities Strategy was upheld as a form of environmental review and the project’s consistency with the Sustainable Communities Strategy – a requirement for any project to use SB 375 CEQA streamlining – was upheld.

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NEARLY HALF-A-MILLION FOR TRANSPORTATION PLANNING
SACOG and SacRT Awarded Grant

The Sacramento Area Council of Government (SACOG) in partnership with the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) have been awarded a $492,000 grant by Caltrans through its Sustainable Communities Planning Grant program.

SACOG and SacRT will work with partners to improve transit and plan for development along light rail train stops throughout the region.

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Folsom opens the Johnny Cash Trail

The Johnny Cash trail in Folsom is now open! The newly finished trail honors one of the world’s most famous country musicians and his influence on the city of Folsom. The trail includes 1.25 miles of paved trail, an undercrossing beneath Prison Road at Natoma Street, and a beautiful 190-foot wooden arched bridge. 

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Civic Lab Kicks Off
Teams Begin Pilot Planning

Can we position ourselves as the home base for innovation? A region that takes risks and isn’t afraid to fail, as the testing ground for our state, and our nation? The moonshot region, if you will? SACOG thinks so, and so do others. Partner agencies, local experts, national leaders, decision makers, and innovators are coming together in the Sacramento region to find creative solutions to smart mobility issues facing the region today, and in the future through Civic Lab.  

 

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Ready Set Ride
Reboot Your Commute!

The Ready Set Ride Commute Challebge encourages you to drive alone less in October by walking, biking, using transit, riding in a carpool or vanpool, or teleworking. During October 22-28, log your trips for a chance to win prizes, earn virtual badges, and challenge your friends and co-workers.

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Pop-up Protected Bikeway
SACOG salutes the City of Sacramento's Downtown Bikeways Preview Project

Envision cycling separate from auto traffic in your own protected bike lane. Yes, biketopia temporarily exists in downtown Sacramento. From October 4th through October 6th the City of Sacramento has installed a temporary parking protected bikeway on P Street from 13th to 15th Street. A protected bikeway is a bike lane protected by planters, curbs, parked cars or posts to separate bike and auto traffic.

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SB1 Project List Due October 16th
Submit amended budget to CTC

Background information:

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) formally adopted the SB 1 Local Streets and Roads (LSR) Annual Reporting Guidelines on August 16. The guidelines outline the process for cities and counties to submit their project lists and expenditure reports to the CTC to establish eligibility for receiving SB 1 funds. Jurisdictions must submit publicly approved budgets that outline uses for SB1 funds by October 16th to avoid forfeiting its share of SB1 funding for the period between October 16th and the date of submittal.

Announcement

CA Legislature Passes Senate Bill 1

On April 6, the Legislature approved the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1) by a two-third vote of both houses.

SACOG CEO James Corless hosted a webinar with Celia McAdam Executive Director of the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency and SACOG staff on what SB 1 means for the Sacramento Region. The webinar can be viewed here.