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Drive a Hybrid? 'Yellow' clean air car stickers expire July 1

Drive a Hybrid? 'Yellow' clean air car stickers expire July 1

California’s carpool lanes will soon be “off limits” to solo drivers of hybrid vehicles displaying “yellow” clean air stickers. They expire July 1, 2011!

To make sure everyone is aware of this change, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will mail out 85,000 letters to registered vehicle owners with these stickers beginning May 1. The information will also include a warning: solo drivers caught cruising in a High-Occupancy (HOV) lane, after the expiration date, will be cited.

In 2004, Assembly Bill 2628 created the “yellow” sticker program, which allowed hybrid vehicles to also access HOV lanes. However, the privilege of driving alone in the carpool lane ends on June 30, 2011.

The hybrid vehicles that enjoyed the carpool exemption met California’s strict partial zero emissions standards and had a 45 miles per gallon or greater fuel economy highway rating.

The next generation of clean air stickers is anticipated to be released in 2012.

JPA Connector public workshop scheduled for April 14

JPA Connector public workshop scheduled for April 14

ELK GROVE - The Capital Southeast Connector is a proposed 35-mile roadway that will link communities in El Dorado and Sacramento counties and the cities of Elk Grove, Folsom and Rancho Cordova. The project’s draft Environmental Impact Report was released on March 15 for public review.

Regional public outreach workshops will began the week of April 12 with a workshop being held at the City of Elk Grove on April 14 at 6 p.m. the City Council Chambers, 8400 Laguna Palms Way. To view the report and comment, visit www.connectorjpa.net.

Elk Grove police plan DUI checkpoint April 9

Elk Grove police plan DUI checkpoint April 9

ELK GROVE - The Elk Grove Police Department will conduct a sobriety and driver's license checkpoint within the city limits on Saturday, April 9, from 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.

The checkpoint will focus on removing impaired drivers, as well as unlicensed drivers from the roadways. Educational materials covering the dangers of driving under the influence will also be handed out to motorists. The public is encouraged to call the police department at (916) 714-5111 (emergency line) or 911 if they see a suspected drunk driver.

Funding for the sobriety checkpoint is provided through a DUI Enforcement and Awareness Grant made available by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

New AAA iPhone app maps way to cheaper gas

New AAA iPhone app maps way to cheaper gas

California gas prices are almost 90 cents more now than they were at this time last year, but AAA has a solution to try and ease pain at the pump. Those with an Apple iPhone can download the free AAA TripTik® Mobile application, the first free app to offer access to frequently updated gas prices.

“AAA TripTik Mobile is a GPS-based app with maps showing gas station locations, points of interest, hotels, restaurants, and attractions that are near a driver’s location. Drivers can also punch in a location of their choice and get the same type of information,” explained AAA Northern California spokesperson Matt Skryja. “Among the details that users can access are updated prices for all available grades of gasoline. Drivers can also sort gas stations alphabetically or by distance.”

Hotel and restaurant information includes AAA’s Diamond Ratings based on professional in-person inspections. There’s also an option to call for lodging reservations with the touch of a button.

Traffic advisory: East Stockton Blvd. closed Friday evening

Traffic advisory: East Stockton Blvd. closed Friday evening

ELK GROVE - On Friday, March 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., East Stockton Boulevard between Geneva Pointe Drive and Sheldon Place Drive, will be closed to all vehicle traffic for an organized event in the area.

Motorists traveling southbound on Power Inn Road will be detoured at Geneva Pointe Drive. Motorists heading northbound on East Stockton Boulevard will be detoured at Sheldon Place Drive.

Elk Grove reduces roadway impact fees

Elk Grove reduces roadway impact fees

ELK GROVE - Due to annual inflation adjustments, the City of Elk Grove will be reducing roadway impact fees by more than 7 percent.

The city's Capital Facilities and Roadway development impact fees are tied to annual inflation adjustments updated annually on March 1. Each fee program is tied to its own index based on the components of the program. While the CFFs are increasing by 4.09 percent based on CPI, the roadway fees are decreasing by 7.39 percent, based on a Caltrans statewide index of highway and road construction costs.

Fees will be reduced between $150 and $400 for a single family residential unit.

Elk Grove opens first fast-fill CNG station in Sac County

Elk Grove opens first fast-fill CNG station in Sac County

ELK GROVE - The City of Elk Grove has partnered with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to officially open the first fast-fill Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station in southern Sacramento County.

The station will be used to fuel the city’s fleet of 43 CNG buses and will be open to other transit agencies and the general public 24 hours a day.

The new fast-fill station, located at 9050 Elkmont Drive near the City of Elk Grove’s Corporation Yard, will offer the city a significant cost savings due to considerable reductions in fueling time and wear and tear on vehicles.

The new station provides a fast-fill at full pressure in just under 10 minutes with no travel time required.