After $46 million worth of work, and two months of disruptive lane closures during its Fix50 project, Caltrans will deliver a bigger, better freeway to get commuters through downtown easier than before, right? Sorry, highway officials say. The big Fix50 project, which kicks into high gear next week, is a bridge rehab project, not a freeway expansion.

Highway 50 in El Dorado County will close for two hours Sunday as crews blow up a stubborn slab of volcanic rock underneath the freeway median at Silva Valley Parkway.

The Back-seat Driver addresses reader questions: Why is I-80 work taking so long? Are California disabled placards usable in other states? Where are traffic officers when signal lights go blank?

Sacramento Regional Transit’s light rail has suffered bad publicity lately. Two on-board shootings, one by police, have reinforced the notion that late-night trains can be a scary. Now, it appears, light rail will be handed a chance to prove its worth to skeptics.

Travelers have rules-of-the-road questions for our Back-seat Driver. He has answers – with help from friends.

The state steps up its efforts to coax old gas guzzler cars off the road.

Train passengers have been complaining and ridership numbers dropping since the city moved the downtown train platforms a few hundred feet north of the depot to make room for future development. City officials say they are now considering using part of an empty, future development site for temporary parking.

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