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ACE rail expansion runs late, just as Modesto readies its historic downtown depot

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The Altamont Corridor Express expects a two-year delay in its expansion into Stanislaus and Sacramento counties.

The first trains will not run until late 2026 under the latest timeline from ACE management. It attributed the delay in part to a complex review process by Union Pacific Railroad, which runs freight trains on the same tracks.

A spokeswoman for UP said it is working with ACE to ensure that the expansion provides for safe and reliable service.

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Paradise Road in Modesto to Be Upgraded

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Walking and Biking Will Be Easier on Paradise Road in Modesto 

Pedestrians and bicyclists will be safer around traffic on half a mile of Paradise Road in west Modesto, thanks to a $3.56 million state grant. The City will use the funds to make part of the road more convenient to walk and ride a bicycle. The construction will cover the stretch of road between Sheridan Street and Modesto High School, along with several blocks of side streets.

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Feds say railroad must deliver grain to California chickens, cattle in danger of starving

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OMAHA — Federal regulators have ordered Union Pacific railroad to make sure a livestock producer gets the grain it needs in California to prevent millions of chickens and hundreds of thousands of cattle from starving.

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board told the railroad it must improve service to Foster Farms to keep it from running out of feed for livestock it raises. 

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Gas prices near $3.50 at some stations in Stanislaus area. More holiday travel is expected

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As gasoline prices drop to their lowest level in more than a year, more people have travel plans for Christmas and New Year’s festivities.

According to the American Automobile Association , about 15 million California residents are expected to travel for the last two holidays of the year. That amount of travel will be the third highest in more than 20 years, based on AAA data.

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Stanislaus County transit agencies offering free rides in December

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The Stanislaus Regional Transit Authority and the City of Turlock, the two public transit providers in Stanislaus County, announced that all rides on all fixed-route and commuter buses will be free for passengers during the month of December as part of a joint free-ride promotion.

The goal of the free-ride promotion is to reduce the use of single-occupant vehicles in an effort to reduce traffic congestion, pollution, and countless hours wasted on freeways. 

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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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