Transportation planners often talk about improving “connectivity.” That’s their word for finding ways to get people from point A to point B without having to zigzag past point C. Here’s a quick list of notable connections they’re making out there now:

Construction crews have begun demolishing the outside lanes of Interstate 80 in the eastbound direction through Natomas this week as part of a $133 million reconstruction and widening of the aging freeway, state highway officials said.
Tesla Motors Inc. has started building its battery plant in Reno, Nev. But that doesn’t mean Tesla has ruled out building the plant in California instead.
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A state appellate court on Thursday overturned two lower court rulings that had stalled funding for California's $68 billion bullet train, handing a big win to Gov. Jerry Brown's signature project and allowing the state to resume selling bonds to pay for it.
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Hours before the federal government was set to reduce payments to states for road and bridge projects, Congress approved a temporary fix Thursday that would maintain funding through the middle of next year.


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