At the Sun City Lincoln Hills retirement community, the preferred mode of transportation isn’t a pickup truck, luxury sedan or Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Stella, described as the world’s first solar-powered family car, made its sleek debut in Davis on Friday. Designed by students at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, the car can drive up to 500 miles on a single charge and is intended to be “energy positive,” producing twice as much energy as it uses. Equipped with rooftop solar panels, it seats four comfortably.

Lane closures on Highway 50 through El Dorado Hills will resume Monday as work continues on the Silva Valley Parkway interchange.

Removing a stop sign for immigrants who live in California illegally but hope to become legal drivers, federal officials have signed off on the design of licenses for foreign-born residents.

Sacramento Regional Transit’s security force coverage on buses and light rail trains is “inadequate,” putting the agency at risk of not being able to respond quickly enough to emergency calls, especially during evenings hours, a review team has concluded.

Construction crews will be closing several eastbound lanes this weekend on the Pioneer Bridge, which carries Highway 50 over the Sacramento River between West Sacramento and downtown Sacramento. Expect delays, Caltrans says. Similar work last weekend caused hourlong backups.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring drivers in the burgeoning ride-sharing industry to carry more insurance, his office announced Wednesday.

It might be a stretch to describe Aguascalientes in north-central Mexico as the new Detroit. But it wouldn’t be a huge stretch.

The California Highway Patrol reports the closure of Highway 50 in both directions between Sly Park Road and Fresh Pond in El Dorado County due to the King fire, and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has issued mandatory evacuations for neighborhoods in the eastern portion of Pollock Pines.

California’s new 3-foot law in effect Tuesday, requiring drivers to give cyclists 36 inches of elbow room, will not lead to a bout of ticket writing, Sacramento area local law enforcement officials predicted this week. Sacramento police and local California Highway Patrol representatives said they plan a case-by-case approach in deciding whether a driver is giving a cyclist a fair path down the street.

A new law requires motorists to provide at least three feet of clearance for bicyclists on the same road. Do you think the law will have any real impact on safety?

The California Highway Patrol points out that the new state law requiring drivers to give cyclists 3 feet of space when passing goes into effect today.

The California Department of Transportation announced that it has suspended service of the Delta region’s Real McCoy II Ferry on Highway 84 to perform emergency repairs.

All lanes on Highway 50 over the Pioneer Bridge downtown reopened as of 3 p.m. Sunday, Caltrans officials report, after nearly two days of major lane closures for freeway and bridge deck rehabilitation work.

Caltrans officials are warning drivers to expect traffic slowdowns and perhaps extended backups on Highway 50 in Sacramento and West Sacramento this weekend due to construction-related lane closures. Lanes also will be closed at night this weekend and early next week on Interstate 5 south of Sacramento to allow for removal of an old overpass.

An air bag exploded in a Honda Accord in 2004 in Alabama, shooting out metal fragments and injuring the car’s driver. At a loss to explain the incident, Honda and its Japanese air bag supplier deemed it “an anomaly” and did not issue a recall or seek the involvement of federal safety regulators.

They’ve thrown away the pencils and paper over at DMV. As of now in California, the old written driver license test is no more. The state Department of Motor Vehicles is now giving the test on touch screens in 120 of its 170 field offices.

Richmond, Va.-based used car-selling giant CarMax says it is looking to hire about 100 at its two stores in the Sacramento area.

The Kern County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a controversial plan to ship millions of gallons of volatile crude oil daily on trains through California to a refinery in Bakersfield. Opponents immediately said they will consider suing to stop the project.

A tentative agreement to reduce train crew size on one of the nation’s largest rail carriers has failed, according to the labor union whose members voted on it this week.

The city of West Sacramento has been awarded a $1.5 million federal transportation grant for planning work for a local traffic bridge it and the city of Sacramento hope to build over the Sacramento River just south of the Highway 50 Pioneer Bridge.

Rail service backups from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest have the potential to slow the entire economy, several train-reliant industries told lawmakers Wednesday.

For a second straight month, Northern California saw a double-digit drop in gas prices, according to the latest monthly AAA statewide gas price survey released Tuesday.

Californians buy approximately 40 percent of all the plug-in electric vehicles sold in the United States, according to the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative

Sacramento State University has added a series of new bike lanes and two more bike and skateboard parking compounds, but the school continues to designate most of the central part of the campus as a pedestrian-only zone to avoid conflicts.

Sacramento-area gas prices edged downward for a ninth consecutive week, and analysts predicted further, slow declines as autumn approaches.

Motorists in the Sacramento area and throughout California have been getting relief at gas pumps for weeks as prices have slowly retreated from more than $4 a gallon seen in midsummer. On Tuesday, AAA Northern California will release its monthly gas price survey, breaking down average gasoline prices at jurisdictions throughout the state.

Roseville city officials are holding a community open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to give residents an opportunity to review and comment on new bridge designs.

State highway officials have added more traffic control signs in a troublesome construction zone on Interstate 80 in north Sacramento in an effort to reduce crashes.

Roseville city officials are holding a community open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to give residents an opportunity to review and comment on new bridge designs.

The nation’s freight railroads, which have experienced service difficulties since late last year, could be getting more scrutiny from federal regulators under a Senate proposal.

A cyclist is charged with felony assault after a confrontation with another rider on the American River parkway recreation trail in July.

Last in a three-part series of conversations with local experts on the Sacramento region’s road to recovery. As California continues climbing out of the recession, we look at three sectors vital to the Sacramento region: development, real estate and autos. Today’s interviews are with three longtime Sacramento-area auto dealership executives.

An overturned big-rig truck has closed the northbound on-ramp of Interstate 5 at Richards Boulevard, the California Highway patrol reports.

A bill by Sacramento Assemblyman Roger Dickinson requiring more disclosure about crude oil rail shipments has passed the legislature and been sent to the governor for his consideration.

Sacramento-area gas prices edged downward for an eighth consecutive week; energy analysts are hopeful of further declines now that summer car travel season has ended.

Responding to patron requests, Sacramento International Airport today will open a new pedestrian walkway from the daily surface parking lot to both air terminals. Officials said the walkway will allow fliers to chose a five-minute walk, rather than wait for a shuttle bus.

After nearly a decade of struggles, Sacramento Regional Transit’s Blue Line light rail extension project is now full throttle. It needs to be. The local bus and rail agency is up against a “use it or lose it” $135 million federal deadline. Either it has trains rolling by Sept. 6, 2015, or risk losing its federal financial backing.

Despite a summer replete with natural disasters – fires, drought, earthquake – Labor Day weekend will bring out the crowds.

Crash woes at Caltrans’ construction zone on Interstate 80 in north Sacramento continued with eight incidents in eight days through Tuesday, with six minor injuries.

Sacramento leaders will send a letter to Benicia today formally challenging the Bay Area city to do a better job of studying trian derailment risks before it approves an oil company’s plans to ship crude oil on daily trains through Sacramento-area downtowns to a Benicia refinery.

Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers on Wednesday touted deals on tax credits for films produced in California and new restrictions on ride-sharing companies, compromising on two prominent remaining issues as the legislative session hurtled to a close.

Lawmakers, Gov. Jerry Brown and ride-sharing companies have reached a deal on California legislation upping insurance requirements for the emerging companies such as Lyft and Uber.

Sacramento police say motorists should be aware of street closures downtown.

Evening closures of the eastbound on- and off-ramps at the Highway 50-Watt Avenue interchange are scheduled Monday through Thursday.

This weekend’s Labor Day holiday is expected to bring out more travelers, according to AAA. It predicts nearly 4 million Californians will travel more than 50 miles or more from their homes, up 1.6 percent from last year.

Sacramento-area gas prices, which stubbornly refused to dip below $4 a gallon in the weeks leading up to Independence Day, continue to fall toward the $3.75 mark with the approach of Labor Day.

In Sacramento and the Bay Area, recent plans to run trains laden with crude oil through downtowns to coastal refineries have prompted fears and protests. But, in the southern San Joaquin Valley, where oil has served as economic lifeblood for more than a century, similar plans are getting mainly cheers.

Traffic crashes have tripled on Interstate 80 in North Sacramento since Caltrans made lane changes last month for major construction, according to California Highway Patrol data reviewed by The Sacramento Bee.

The Sacramento Transportation Authority is looking for applicants with finance or transportation planning backgrounds to fill two vacancies on the Measure A Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee.

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