State Senate Passes Key Transportation Bills for North Coast

The Collector

May 24, 2019

Great Redwood Trail Efforts Move Forward in Sacramento
Senate Bill 356, which takes on some of the next steps in transitioning the North Coast Railroad Authority right-of-way into a world-class trail system, has passed the state Senate and moved on to the Assembly. Meanwhile, the Humboldt Trails Council has issued a call to action to support Senator McGuire’s request for $10.8 million in next year’s state budget to start implementing Great Redwood Trail plans.

Caltrans Complete Streets Bill Passes the Senate
The California Senate also passed SB 127 this week. Although heavily edited from its original version, the bill would still dramatically improve Caltrans’ approach to complete streets planning where state highways function as main streets – such as Highway 101 in Eureka.

The Village is Back… Again
The large housing project has been scheduled for another hearing before the Arcata City Council on June 5th. It now has room for only 530 residents – hundreds fewer than the original proposal, and well below the caps previously set by certain Council members. Will the Council finally give this project the stamp of approval?

Transit Authority Board Takes On Dial-a-Ride Renewal
Meanwhile, the Humboldt County Association Governments continues to study how mobility-on-demand concepts might apply to local transportation systems more broadly.

Pedestrian Killed by Driver in McKinleyville Hit-and-Run
A woman has been charged and pleaded not guilty in the Central Avenue collision.

Opinions Differ on Safety Corridor Plans
CRTP has joined other local groups in calling for a local Coastal Commission hearing on the Caltrans project and pointing out some safety and long-term planning issues with the project. (For example: raising speed limits just won’t improve safety, no matter what Caltrans says.) Some folks, deeply upset about existing safety problems, object to these objections. Others think the whole project is a boondoggle.

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