Benicia has granted a request by Sacramento officials and others for extra time to review a plan by Valero Refining Co. to run two trains daily carrying crude oil through downtown Sacramento, Roseville, West Sacramento and Davis to its Bay Area refinery.

Citrus Heights police warn that the official opening of a large casino on Antelope Road could bring traffic congestion Friday night.

House of Representatives and Senate committees approved plans Thursday to shore up the foundering highway trust fund through next May, but several business groups told lawmakers they want a longer-term solution by the end of this year.

Jody Jones, Caltran’s longtime Sacramento district chief, talks about her most memorable highway projects. Some memories are pure gold, others less sparkling.

Hoping to take advantage of funds from California’s cap-and-trade program, Capitol Corridor rail officials intend to build a new track between Roseville and downtown Sacramento, allowing them to increase passenger train service from one round trip a day to as many as 10.

AAA said Tuesday (July 8) that the average price of unleaded regular gas in Sacramento was $4.04 a gallon, up 3 cents from AAA’s June 10 survey. That was well below the statewide average of $4.14 a gallon, also up 3 cents from June. The Northern California average came in at $4.11.

General Motors' deadly ignition switch flaws emerged from an effort to improve its cars.

Sacramento-area gas prices are stubbornly clinging to the $4-a-gallon-plus threshold. Price tracker, which surveys more than 700 regional gas outlets daily, said the average retail price of gas rose rose about a penny to $4.02 a gallon over the past week.

A map put together by multiple state agencies in California shows that the location and capability of emergency response teams don’t always align with the biggest risks presented by an expected increase in crude oil shipments by rail in the coming years.

Sacramento-area gas prices, which energy analysts had hoped to see declining with the approach of the Independence Day weekend, are not cooperating. Price tracker, which surveys more than 700 regional gas outlets daily, said the average retail price of gas in the area rose nearly 4 cents over the past week to $4.01 a gallon. The current average is a whopping 19.5 cents higher than a year ago and nearly a penny higher than last month.

AAA is projecting that more than 4.6 million Californians plan to journey at least 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming, three-day Independence Day holidway weekend. That represents a 1.5 percent increase over 2013.

With the heightened sensitivity of an election year and the expansion of the carbon program looming, critics are redoubling their opposition. The California Independent Oil Marketers Association, an industry group, has organized Fed Up at the Pump, which describes itself as a “grass-roots coalition of consumers, businesses, and advocates.”

A three-year fight for funding, launched by members of a grass-roots campaign committee known as Save Our Bridge, ended June 20 when Gov. Jerry Brown approved $1.3 million for the bridge’s restoration in the state’s final budget.

A section of Highway 50 in El Dorado Hills will be closed to traffic during the early morning on three Sundays to allow blasting for El Dorado County’s Valley interchange project.

Effective Tuesday (July 1), the statewide excise tax rate on gasoline will decline by 3.5 cents, but that will not necessarily equate to lower prices at gas pumps.

Mark Reddick won’t ride his bike on Stockton Boulevard, parts of Broadway or on I Street. Still, he said he has been hit by cars while riding when drivers pulled too quickly out of alleyways.

One week after drivers for UberX and Lyft gathered at the Capitol opposing efforts to regulate ride-sharing companies, taxi drivers offered a counter-argument Wednesday. A swarm of cabbies drove their taxis around the Capitol, honking their horns and carrying signs that read: "Let's All Play By The Same Rules!"

Equipment failure has delayed the final phase of the Highway 65 Lincoln Bypass project.

One trainload of Bakken crude oil passed through Sacramento in the first two weeks of June, according to a report shared with The Sacramento Bee by the California Office of Emergency Services.

The nation’s largest haulers of crude oil by rail on Tuesday appeared to abandon their insistence that information about such shipments could not be shared publicly for security reasons.

Price tracker, which surveys more than 700 regional gas outlets daily, said the average retail price of gas in the Sacramento area rose 0.4 cents over the past week to $3.97 a gallon. The current average is 8.5 cents higher than a year ago but 3.6 cents lower than last month.

A pair of muralists say their first memories of growing up in Sacramento involve painting in their backyards and roaming farmers markets.

Caltrans allowed cracks in the roadway of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, contrary to the welding code, and officials neglected to study the impact of a major earthquake on the cracks. A new analysis suggests the cracks pose a threat to public safety.

The final phase of the Highway 65 Lincoln Bypass will open to traffic early Sunday.

With the roar traffic from the newly opened Fix50 in the background, state, city and construction officials thanked each other Thursday for the successful completion of the big paving project on Highway 50.

As the White House reviews a package of proposed rail safety regulations, the rail, petroleum and chemical industries in recent weeks have held nearly a dozen meetings with Obama administration officials.

Fix50, the two-month freeway rehab project that doubled as a traffic-diversion experiment, is finally over. But drivers may not have much chance to relax: Many more lane closures are upcoming on area freeways during what has become a busy spring and summer of roadwork in Sacramento.

California ranked sixth nationwide in the cost of a common car repair in 2013, according to data released Wednesday (June 18) by Irvine-based automotive information/technology company CarMD Corp.

A much-anticipated report released Tuesday offered new details and some controversial safety conclusions about a Bay Area oil company’s plan to run crude-oil trains daily through Roseville and Sacramento to Benicia.

As UberX and Lyft grow in popularity and presence, with operations from Orange County to San Francisco, state officials find themselves playing a regulatory game of catch-up.

Michigan-based Victory Automotive Group is the new owner/operator of the Folsom Lake Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in the Folsom Automall.

Sacramento-area gasoline prices continue to slowly recede, but energy analysts are warning of potentially significant cost spikes if tensions in Iraq boil over.

Trains carrying a potentially more flammable crude oil have begun rolling with little notice through Sacramento and California in the last year. State officials said Friday they have decided for now not to release information to the public on where those trains run or how many there are.

Two years after Gov. Jerry Brown first proposed using carbon-reduction revenue to prop up California’s beleaguered high-speed rail project, Brown and legislative leaders reached budget agreements Thursday that include the controversial funding plan, as well as money to pay overtime for in-home supportive services and increase welfare-to-work grants.

The Back-seat Driver is all over the road today, dealing with pet peeves, carpool lane questions, mysterious “photo enforced” freeway signs, and, of course, Fix50

Public release of a report on Valero Refining Co.’s plans to ship 100 train cars of crude oil daily through downtown Sacramento and Davis has been postponed one week. Benicia city official Amy Million said the environmental analysis of Valero‘s crude-by-rail project should be ready for public review next Tuesday.

The average retail price of gasoline in the Scramento-area fell below $4 a gallon over the past week, the first time it was below that threshold since mid-April.

As part of a national shift in shipping practices, several oil companies are laying plans to haul hundreds of train cars a day of flammable crude through the region on the way to coastal and Valley refineries, passing through neighborhoods and downtowns, and crossing the region’s two major rivers. Saying they have been told little about the transport projects, area leaders are scrambling to gather information so they can advocate for local safety interests as several of the rail shipment proposals move forward.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles is preparing to go retro when it brings back the old black background license plates for motorists.

It’s summer, but that doesn’t mean the driving is easy around Sacramento, thanks to a long list of freeway projects and lane closures.

The final phase of the Fix50 project gets up to speed Friday morning, but traffic slowdowns are expected to be worst of all.

Caltrans anticipates that early start will allow the entire project to wrap up ahead of the June 25 completion date

Officials say they are adding more Regional Transit police officers and security officers, particularly during the evening hours.

The good news: Sacramento-area gas prices have not risen in five weeks. The bad news: Prices can’t seem to drop below the $4 mark.

With the federal highway trust fund set to run out of cash in August, House Republicans are circulating a proposal to pay for a one-year extension by cutting back most U.S. mail delivery to five days a week.

The Sacramento Fire Department extinguished an 8-acre grass fire Friday afternoon on the 2800 block of C Street.

The Back-seat Driver this week contemplates the effects of Fix50, including fears of missed plane flights. It also reports on a study that suggests fewer people are talking on cellphones while driving.

Highway 50 motorists Thursday around 4:30 p.m. were experiencing delays of about 15 minutes - down from 30 minutes

Traffic was slowing again Thursday morning due to the big Fix50 reconstruction project with Caltrans hoping that motorists continue to look for ways to get to work other than westbound Highway 50 between W and X streets.

Agency officials – who say they hope the project prompts some commuters to switch to rail service permanently – said they have seen an increase in ridership in both phases of the project. The percentage increase since the current phased kicked off Tuesday is not yet known, Regional Transit spokeswoman Alane Masui said, but Shun follows the roughly 2,500 additional commuters using light rail during the first portion of road work in April.

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