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Terminals at California’s third-busiest port resume regular hours on Monday

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Marine terminals at California’s Port of Oakland reopened for regular weekday hours on Monday after independent truckers formally ended a week-long protest of the state’s new “gig worker” law that stranded cargo on ships, docks and warehouses, worsening U.S. supply chain snarls.

“All of our marine terminals are open this morning and operations are normal,” a port spokesman said.

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Turlock commuter train extension gets another $57 million. When will cars start rolling?

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The state has kicked in another $57 million to help the Altamont Corridor Express reach Turlock.

Train service would start there by 2027 under the latest timeline for expanding the line, which now runs on weekdays between Stockton and San Jose.

Turlock is part of a southern branch that will start with stations by 2024 in Manteca, Ripon, Modesto and Ceres. The branch will have stops as well in Livingston and Merced by 2029. ACE also is expanding north, with stations serving Lodi, Elk Grove and four Sacramento locations by 2024.

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ACE service to Turlock gets funding

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Altamont Corridor Express commuter rail service is moving farther down the line to Turlock.

The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission has been awarded $57 million by the State of California to extend ACE service from Ceres to Turlock.

Funding from the Senate Bill 1 deal in 2017 to increase the state gas tax including money to extend ACE service from Ceres to Sacramento is already in place with at least one train added to go from Ceres to San Jose.

That service will be up and running in 2023.

Ultimately, ACE will be extended to Merced to connect with the California High Speed Rail system.

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Will a new oversight position help California’s high speed rail plans get on track?

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After a decade of cost, schedule, technical, regulatory, personnel and legal problems, the California high speed rail project will be getting an inspector general soon as part of a deal between Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature.

The new investigative position is intended to intensify oversight and improve performance of the $105 billion railroad project. Enthusiasm for the change is high, but whether it will fix everything is uncertain, even among state leaders.

“There is nothing but problems on the project,” said Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Lakewood Democrat. “The inspector general provides oversight and some sense of what is going on with management. That has been missing for a long time.”

But will it work?

“We don’t know,” Rendon said. “We need to be vigilant. The IG will provide what we need to carry that out.”

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Best Car Shipping Companies In California June 2022

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Whether across town or across the country, moving companies strive to make the experience as easy as possible for their customers. However, not all of them provide the ability to move vehicles. In addition, there are numerous times that vehicles need to be shipped even when you’re not moving all of your possessions. If you need to ship a car, or another kind of vehicle, hiring a car shipping company may be just what you need.

If you’re moving a vehicle or more into or out of California, you may feel overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of car shipping companies from which to choose. And, with recent reports of pop-up substandard moving companies in the news, you’d be right to use caution during your vehicle moving company search.

To help you make a confident decision, we’ve rated California’s top five car shipping companies along with a short list of local contenders. Chosen from a list of more than two dozen competitors, the ones we chose were required to meet our strict standards just to be considered.

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Lime Launches Pilot Run of Its Electric Motorbikes in California

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According to the company's blog on June 13, the company launched a pilot program for their electric motorcycle, dubbed the Citra, in Long Beach, California. Lime spokesperson Russell Murphy told The Verge that the company expects to release several hundred Citra bikes in the California city this summer, with the number of bikes potentially increasing to 500 if demand is high enough.

In light of this summer's record-high gas prices, Lime is hoping that customers would seek out alternative modes of transportation like the Citra.

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County Transit Agencies Offer Free Rides For July

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The Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority (StanRTA) and City of Turlock (“Turlock Transit”) recently announced that all rides on all fixed-route buses will be free for passengers during July as part of a joint free-ride promotion. This includes local fixed-route as well as ACE, BART, and Stockton Commuter bus services, but excludes ADA Paratransit, Medivan, and Dial-a-Ride services.

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California allows driverless taxi service to operate in San Francisco

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California regulators on Thursday gave a robotic taxi service the green light to begin charging passengers for driverless rides in San Francisco, a first in a state where dozens of companies have been trying to train vehicles to steer themselves on increasingly congested roads.

The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously granted Cruise, a company controlled by automaker General Motors, approval to launch its driverless ride-hailing service. The regulators issued the permit despite safety concerns arising from Cruise’s inability to pick up and drop off passengers at the curb in its autonomous taxis, requiring the vehicles to double park in traffic lanes.

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Modesto schools will have 30 electric buses next year. Where will they charge up?

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Modesto City Schools celebrated the dawn of its electric bus future with a Tuesday morning gathering.

Two of the eventual 30 buses sat in front of the audience at the Woodland Avenue maintenance yard. The rest will be delivered between the August start of the next school year and early 2023, Superintendent Sara Noguchi said.

The MCS board in January accepted $6.3 million from the state to cover part of the $13.8 million cost. The rest is general fund dollars freed up by coronavirus relief money.

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With grant, Hughson adds electric buses to its fleet

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The rumble of diesel school bus engines has been replaced by the soft chimes of trolley bells on some routes in the Hughson Unified School District.

On Wednesday, April 6 four new electric buses began ferrying students to and from school, making Hughson the largest district in Stanislaus County to use the pollution-free vehicles. The move was made possible thanks to a $1.6 million grant Hughson received from the state of California, which covered most of the cost of the 84-passenger buses that are priced at $420,000 each.

The new buses replace four diesel-powered vehicles that all are about 30 years old, according to Lara Haverly, the district’s transportation supervisor. Haverly heard about the grant while at a conference in November 2019 and quickly applied. The district learned last August that the money had been awarded.

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