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Construction underway on Lathrop Road/Union Pacific Railroad Westerly Grade Separation!

When completed the new grade separation will improve safety, increase mobility and reduce greenhouse emissions.

The $13.3 million project is being funded through State Proposition 1B funds, San Joaquin Council of Governements (SJCOG), Measure K funds and Union Pacific Railroad crossing improvement funds.

The project team includes the City of Lathrop Public Works Departments, SJCOG, and Teichert Construction.

There wil be a public information meeting next Wednesday - January 22, 2014,  from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Lathrop Senior Center, 15557 Fifth Street in Lathrop, for an update on the project expected to be completed in the summer of 2015.

Are Stockton Metro Airport improvements in the "air"?

A $28.5 million, five-year plan has been proposed by San Joaquin County officials to maintain and support growth at the Stockon Metropolitan Airport..

A major component of the plan  is the construction of a U. S. Customs inspection station to accommodate international travel. A simialr proposal made in 2007 was rejected by the Board of Supervisors as being too costly.

The airprot had a recrod total of nearly 72,000 passenger departures in 2013.

Harry Mavrogenes, deputy county administrator and interim airport director says the propsal would allow the airport to accommodate many more passengers as well as pay for upgrades and renovation of aiport facilities including runways, lighting and signage.

Mavrogenens says he has had talks with air carriers about new Stockton service, but has no committments.

At Last! Stockton's Sperry Road Extension Project Opens!

At Last! Stockton's Sperry Road Extension Project Opens!

Connects State Route 99 and I5 in San Joaquin County

Ribbon cutting ceremones were held this morning to celebrate the opening of the Sperry Road Extension to complete the corridor between State Route 99 and Intersate 5 in Stockton, CA

This project has been in the works for 30 years; groundbreaking ceremonies took place September 30, 2011.

The project is expected to reduce trafic congestion and provide a more direct route to points within south Stockton. It will also be a boon for emergency vehicles and first responders.

Total construction cost was $40 million. It was funded through a combination of State Prop 1 B, Measure K, Stockton Public Facilities Fees and San Joaquin County.

Transportation projects get state funding boost

Road and rail projects in San Joaquin County are set to receive about $30 million of the $359 million in transportation funding announced by state officials Wednesday.

For drivers, about $10 million will be used to make improvements to Highway 4 in the Delta west of Stockton. The Bacon Island Rehabilitation Project covers about 12 miles' worth of road, widening and upgrading intersections, adding shoulder and median rumble strips, upgrading drainage and repaving where needed.

For rail passengers, $20.5 million is headed toward building 3.8 miles of double railroad track between Stockton and Escalon. It will improve the on-time performance of Amtrak's San Joaquin routes using the tracks, according to the California Transportation Commission. The route connects Stockton to Sacramento, Oakland and Bakersfield.

Downtown Stockton Alliance shifts to new plug-in electric vehicles for maintenance fleet

The Downtown Stockton Alliance has switched to an all-electric fleet of maintenance vehicles. A nearly $100,000 grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District allowed the switch to the new Polaris Ranger buggies, which may be small, but are capable of hauling up to 1,700 pounds in cargo.    They're even four-wheel drive.

Even the drivers are still sometimes surprised when they fire up their buggies and are met with virtual silence.

"This is such a step up," worker Brandon Trahan said as he and his partner pressure-washed graffiti off a San Joaquin Street structure.

It'll be quieter, and it should be cheaper. Last year the alliance burned through $17,000 in gas for its John Deere vehicles. Maintenance costs were also increasing as those vehicles got older.

Now some of that gas money can be spent on other things, Trahan said.

"It allows us to do more for the community," he said.

ACE commuter rail looks to expand- holding public open houses

ACE commuter rail looks to expand- holding public open houses

  The Altamont Corridor Express passenger train service, which now runs between Stockton in the Central Valley and San Jose in Silicon Valley, is planning to expand.

The project includes improving existing service and extending new ACE rail service to downtown Modesto by as early as 2018 and to Merced by as early as 2022.

The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission is holding five public scoping meetings over the next two weeks to get public comment on its plans, which it calls "ACEforward."

The SJRRC and the Federal Rail Administration are jointly preparing an Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement for the ACEforward program in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. 

The meetings will be open houses and attendees can drop by anytime during the three hour meetings. Public scoping meetings will be held at the following locations:

High Speed Rail Sheds Altamont Corridor

•  Transfers leadership and funding to San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission

•  “We can expedite improvements at the local level”

If commuter rail service between San Joaquin County and Silicon Valley is to improve, it’s now on the shoulders of the Stockton-based San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority board of directors has transferred full leadership and funding for rail planning in the Altamont Corridor to the commission.

How much money, if any, will transfer has not been announced.

The Altamont Corridor Express, which connects the Central Valley and Silicon Valley via the Altamont Corridor and serves a million commuters per year, is run by the commission.