Transportation

Back-Seat Driver

‘Mass chaos’ of Oroville evacuation prompts worry over exit strategy

Thousands of north Sacramento Valley residents will never forget last Sunday night. It was the night they got stuck in the scariest traffic jam they will ever know.

Transportation

Rough weather puts rails at risk in Northern California

Rail tracks near Elk Grove, where a train carrying tomato cans derailed last week, are expected to be repaired by Thursday, allowing Amtrak trains on the line again and giving track owner Union Pacific an assist as it struggles to move freight during one of the wettest winters on record. But the derailment and the failure of tracks elsewhere in Northern California this winter offer a reminder of how extreme weather can disrupt train operations and pose safety risks.

Capitol Alert

Buy a car, help fix California’s roads

Assembly Republicans released a transportation-funding plan Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, that includes no new taxes but dedicates sales tax revenue from vehicle sales to highway and road projects. Proponents of more money for roads say the maintenance and repair backlog continues to worsen.

Videos

Massive rock comes down hill as work on Highway 50 mudslides continues

Crews continue to clear three major mudslides across a 12-mile stretch of Highway 50, according to Caltrans. The highway is closed in both directions between Pollock Pines and Strawberry in El Dorado County.
California Department of Transportation
Massive rock comes down hill as work on Highway 50 mudslides continues 0:22

Massive rock comes down hill as work on Highway 50 mudslides continues

Workers continue work to clear Highway 50 0:23

Workers continue work to clear Highway 50

Caltrans crews try to clear mudslide debris along westbound Interstate 80 0:23

Caltrans crews try to clear mudslide debris along westbound Interstate 80

Tempers flare in Marysville traffic 0:37

Tempers flare in Marysville traffic