Transportation

Sonoma County Animal Services Update

 

Sonoma County Animal Services (SCAS) has been working around the clock since early Monday, October 9th, to rescue and shelter animals affected by the fires. Sonoma County Animal Services is a program of the Department of Health Services.  

SCAS will host a pet supply fair this Saturday, October 21st, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our warehouse at 133 Aviation Blvd. in Santa Rosa to provide free animal care supplies to our community.  

Santa Rosa
CityBus 
Rider Alert 

Due to the ongoing emergency response to the Northern California fires, CityBus is operating a limited service schedule.  Our buses are still needed for critical emergency operations.

Sonoma County Transit will resume limited operation on Friday, October 13.

The following routes will operate on Saturday schedules, unless noted:

10 & 12 – Saturday schedule, normal routing

20 – Saturday schedule, normal routing

24 – Saturday schedule, normal routing

28 – Weekday schedule, normal routing

44 & 48 – Saturday schedule, normal routing

66 – Saturday schedule, normal routing

67 – Saturday schedule, normal routing

68 – Weekday schedule, normal routing

CityBus is operating on a Saturday schedule through the end of the week, with service free of charge

The following detours will continue until further notice:

Route 1: Outbound from Transit Mall, the bus will turn left on Steele Lane to get to Coddingtown Mall, with no service to Bicentennial. The bus will return the same way.

Route 10: Bus will turn around at Coffey and Bluebell and return to Coddingtown (no northern loop service).

MacKenzie Chairs Regional Transportation Body

Jun 5, 2017
Metropolitan Transportation Commission

For the first time in more than 35 years, the head of the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission is an elected official from Sonoma County:  longtime Rohnert Park city councilman and current mayor Jake MacKenzie.

Shift Sonoma County Aims to Cut Traffic Congestion

Apr 10, 2017

Curing traffic congestion means using fewer vehicles to move a growing number of people. Sonoma County is preparing to test some strategies to do that, as Christian Kallen reports.

The deadline for submitting proposals for the county’s car-sharing pilot program was last Friday. Interviews with the most promising applicants will be held later this month. 

Ghilotti Construction Company

The North Bay’s Highway 37 is one of the Bay Area’s many roadways that’s been plagued by flooding during this winter’s very wet season. But a recent U.C. Davis study suggests sea level rise is also playing a major factor in the highway’s flooding and transit agencies are taking note. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi has more.

    

Draft SMART Train Schedule to be Tested

May 12, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

The SMART Train has not yet announced a start date for their commuter rail service between Santa Rosa and San Rafael, but they do know how often the trains will run each day when regular operations do get going.

The proposed SMART schedule grids, for weekdays and weekends, look like this.

SMART Roll-out Gathers Momentum

Feb 3, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  SMART Trains are now making frequent but irregular test runs, creating changes and possible risks along the railroad tracks as they ramp up to starting regular runs later in the year.

   Jennifer Welch is SMART’s new Chief of Police, and for now, represents the entire department. She explains why such a position is needed by the transit operation.

Making “green” ammonia as a chemical battery

Jan 18, 2016

  As California -- and the world at large – looks for alternatives to fossil fuels, one local innovator is focusing on a biochemical process that he believes holds great promise.

SMART’s Pathway Progress Questioned

Oct 30, 2015

The voter-approved SMART train project includes a paved pathway for pedestrians and cyclists along the rails. But the Bicycle Coalitions of Marin and Sonoma County charge the transit agency is not fulfilling that part of their mandate.

Building Bipartisan Collaboration in Sacramento

Sep 1, 2015

A freshman state senator faces a steep learning curve upon arriving in Sacramento. One lesson that former Sonoma County supervisor Mike McGuire has embraced is rooted in the demographics of his district.

  State Senator Mike McGuire has also been in the midst of the long-standing tug-of-war over the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center. Changes are overdue at the aging facility, he acknowledges, but the fast-track deadline to relocate the remaining residents at the SDC is a poor way to begin.

Jose C. Silva/Flickr

  Wildfire smoke is a temporary air quality issue, but as Suzanne Potter reports, the bigger problem of poor air  in much of California has a far more persistent cause.

Despite Gains, Greenhouse Gas Goal Remains Elusive

Jul 29, 2015
Center for Climate Prtection

  Sonoma County cut its total greenhouse gas emissions by about 200,000 tons last year. That’s the good news. But to meet the county’s ambitious goals, we’ll have to do far better.

The annual Greenhouse Gas Report for Sonoma County was published Tuesday by the Center for Climate Protection. The full document can be found and downloaded here.

SMART's First Railcars Arrive

Apr 6, 2015
SMART

 

   The public unveiling Tuesday morning in Cotati of the first SMART railroad cars is a significant milestone in the lengthy process of getting the new commuter line up and running.

In addition to these first two railcars, another dozen SMART cars are being built, and will be delivered over the next few months. The total price for all 14:  $57 million dollars. That’s a big number, but Fudge says it was a bargain.

Hybrid Trucks Deliver Small But Growing Market Share

Mar 30, 2015

  Over the past 15 years, Hybrid cars have become a familiar presence on California’s roads and highways, but they are just beginning to be joined by hybrid delivery trucks.

Sonoma County’s Climate Change Vulnerabilities

Mar 12, 2015

Limiting the extent of climate change remains a priority for Sonoma County. But we should be preparing to live with it, too. A new report examines the hazards that need to be addressed.

  Deanne DiPietro, another co-author of the Climate Ready Sonoma County report, is a climate change scientist with the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative. She hopes that this new document will help people to be more pro-active and feel a bit more hopeful about the future.

Electric Cars Find Favor in Sonoma County

Feb 20, 2015
Center for Climate Protection

 It isn’t easy for individuals to curtail their greenhouse gas emissions, but one thing they can do is drive less—or drive cars that pollute less. And recent sales figures show we are doing just that.

Switching to electric cars is a modest lifestyle change that can make a significant impact on overall greenhouse gas emissions, says Brant Arthur of the Center for Climate Protection.

 

Sonoma County's Heritage Roads

Feb 10, 2015

  The rural two-lane roads that wind through Sonoma County’s landscapes are a resource worth protecting. Designating them “heritage roads” is one way to do that.

The newest addition to   KRCB television’s Health Connections series is a long-form documentary titled Place Matters. It’s an exploration of how myriad social inequalities affect community health—using Santa Rosa as a case in point. 

Roads Report Cites Mounting Repair Needs

Oct 30, 2014

  Sonoma County Supervisors have decided to hold off on a special election for a bond to fund road reports until next June. Meanwhile, an updated statewide report shows that this is an issue throughout California.

Green Teens to Share Climate Ideas

Sep 26, 2014

  The issue of Climate Change is a big concern for many area high school students, and a large group of them are coming together this evening to talk about what they are doing and share ideas. It’s being organized by the Eco-2-School program, and today KRCB’s Bruce Robinson talks with the woman who runs it.

The Green Teen gathering is in the Montgomery High School cafeteria from 5-8 pm today. Find out more about the Eco-2-School program here.

Board Backs Sonoma County Road Tax

Jul 29, 2014

A quarter-cent sales tax increase to fund road repairs across Sonoma County appeared headed for the November ballot, but a proposal to use 10% of the money for public transit is getting some push-back.

The county-wide road tax could be just one of a number of bonds and tax increases facing local voters in November, from schools, cities and Santa Rosa Junior College. The deadline for adding measures to the ballot is August 8.

New 101 Ramps at Airport Blvd. Will Open Today

Jul 17, 2014
CalTrans

  Summer is highway construction season just about everywhere, including a series of projects affecting North Bay drivers on Highway 101. One of the most awkward sites—at the interchange leading to the Santa Rosa airport—is about to get a lot easier to navigate.

Snoopy license plates to aid CA museums

Jun 24, 2014

  Coming soon to a car near you , it could be Snoopy on a license plate. The planned new specialty plates will raise funds to benefit museums across California, once the first round of purchases make their creation official.  Here’s more about how it all works.

To sign up for one of the new Snoopy license plates, use this link.

Marin I-J

  The long-awaited SMART commuter trains and the currently running Northwest Pacific freight trains are not waiting until 2016 to co-exist on the tracks that traverse Sonoma County.  They’re already sharing the line while it is getting rebuilt.

John Williams, president of the Northwest Pacific Company which operates the freight trains, says they have been slowly increasing their loads, but growth has been sluggish.

Cost of Crossing Going Higher?

Jan 21, 2014

It may seem much more recent, but the last time the toll for crossing the Golden Gate Bridge went up was back in 2008. So here we are six years later, and they’re talking about raising that cost again. So we’re talking about it, too.

A series of three public meetings about the proposed options for increasing tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge (see table below) will be held this week, as follows:

  Marin County: Tuesday, January 21, 5 pm to 7 pm, The Whistlestop, Caboose Meeting Room, 930 Tamalpais Avenue, San Rafael.

Buses link Sonoma, Napa

Jan 8, 2014

In Napa County, they’ve nicknamed the local public transit system The Vine. But  they also have a weekday connection running between the cities of Napa and Sonoma. You’re about to hear the details on today’s Exchange. Here’s Bruce.

Bruce Robinson, talking with Napa County Transit Director Tom Roberts. That website for schedule information on the bus connection between Sonoma and Napa is here.

SMART Train will run to Sonoma County Airport

Dec 18, 2013
Sonoma_Marin Area Rail Transit

Good news for mass transit in the North Bay. The SMART train line currently under construction will add an important new stop when it starts running.

You can read the full announcement of the expanded service, and the funding that made it possible, here.

Car Sharing Gains Traction

Jun 21, 2013

The typical American car is driven two hours a day or less, a big investment for relatively little use. Now, social media is helping to facilitate short-term “personal vehicle sharing,” to benefit the owners of those under-used cars—and drivers who don’t own cars.

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