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San Joaquin County Council of Governments tops in the state!

San Joaquin County Council of Governments tops in the state!

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

San Joaquin County gets over $7.7 million to repave part of Highway 12

San Joaquin County gets over $7.7 million to repave part of Highway 12

STOCKTON – San Joaquin County has received more than $7.7 million to repave part of Highway 12, the California Transportation Commission announced Thursday.

The money will pay to replace pavement on Highway 12 from east of Interstate 5 to the Potato Slough Bridge with rubberized asphalt concrete... Read More

ACE gives "the business" on special tour!

ACE  gives "the business" on special tour!

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

Traffic Advisory: Expect Stockton traffic lanes shift on Interstate 5

Traffic Advisory: Expect Stockton traffic lanes shift on Interstate 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allegiant introduces flights between Stockton & Phoenix

Allegiant introduces flights between Stockton & Phoenix

Amongst art, wine and frivolity, passengers from Allegiant airline's first flight from Phoenix-Mesa were warmly greeted as they arrived at the Stockton Metropolitan Airport last night. According to Airport Director Harry Mavrogenes the inaugural flight had 120 passengers and 153 were booked for the return flight to Phoenix-Mesa. The new non-stop flights will operate twice weekly between the Stockton airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Phoenix becomes the third destination offered to Allegiant travelers flying out of Stockton. The flurry of arrivals and departures took place during ArtExpressions of San Joaquin "Gallery on the Move" with wine tasting, olive oil tasting and more than 20 artists displaying their works through the facility. Even the banners twisting from the ceiling were designed by local photographer Arturo Vera.

And so it begins! Groundbreaking held last Tuesday for the Stockton Crosstown Freeway West Extension

And so it begins! Groundbreaking held last Tuesday for the Stockton Crosstown Freeway West Extension

As ominous clouds roiled in the background and attendees shivered in the wind, attendees and dignitaries kicked off the construction of the long- awaited project with each speaker asking the public's help and patience in persevering more freeway construction that will ultimately result in a smoother ride for all. Dignitaries included Malcom Dougherty, Caltrans director; Amarjeet Benipal, Caltrans acting director for District 10; Carlos Villapudua, San Joaquin County supervisor; Anthony Silva, mayor of Stockton; Victor Mow, vice chairman for Port of Stockton board; and Andrew Chesley, executive director, San Joaquin Council of Governments. The project is being funded through a combination of Measure K and Proposition 1B Trade Corridor Improvement Funds (TCIF).