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September 14, 2021

“The traffic observed after the lights were tripped green was validation that all the efforts were not in vain.”

Rebecca Neves, City Engineer, City of Placerville, on the city's Trip to Green Pilot being used to speed fire evacuations Read More

Caldor Fire Evacuees Greeted with Green Lights through Placerville

Trip to Green pilot program turns into emergency evacuation solution

woman on bicycle riding through intersection

On a normal weekend, traffic on US-50 through Placerville gets backed up with people traveling to and from the mountains. The City of Placerville has been working on ways to reduce congestion; but a project they were planning to ease tourist traffic jams ended up being a key solution for evacuees and emergency vehicles impacted by the fast-expanding Caldor Fire. 

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SACOG's Director of Innovation & Partnerships Appointed as Deputy Director of Communications for the California Department of Housing and Community Development

Monica Hernández will bring regional land use and transportation experience to state scale in new role

Rendering of the new Yuba-Sutter Transit Facility

California Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Monica Hernández as the Deputy Director of Communications at the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Since 2018 she has served as SACOG's Director of Innovation & Partnerships and played an influential role in leading strategic initiatives for the agency.

SACOG wishes Hernández success in her new role promoting housing and building vibrant communities for all Californians.

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What We're Reading

Developers Offer Mobility Services to Lure Car-Free Renters | Bloomberg CityLab
In Phoenix, Arizona, a 761 unit apartment building will be the "first and only zero-driving community built from scratch in the U.S." Residents of the complex are not allowed to park within a quarter-mile radius of the building. Fairs for transit passes, Lyft memberships and other mobility options will be included in the monthly rent.

Big Changes Coming to D.C.'s Transit to Boost Ridership | Governing
Transit agencies around the nation are grappling with ridership changes spurred by the pandemic. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) is making radical changes including reducing fares and increasing transit frequencies during off-peak hours in hopes of boosting riders.

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