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Court settlement on Route 50 expansion environmental review includes transit improvements

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The Sacramento Bee reports today (Jan. 22) that a Sacramento judge gave his OK Friday to what’s being called a landmark agreement between state officials and environmentalists to allow carpool lanes on Highway 50 in Rancho Cordova.

According to the article, based on comments from legislative leaders, the  lawsuit settlement clears a major sticking point in state budget negotiations, legislative leaders said.

Caltrans planners say the freeway widening will smooth traffic on what has been a troublesome corridor, where congestion occurs in both directions, morning and evening, as some commuters head to downtown Sacramento, others to Rancho Cordova’s office parks.

In exchange, Caltrans has agreed to finance $7 million in improvements to the Sacramento Regional Transit light-rail line that parallels the freeway.

Caltrans also agreed to pay to make a pedestrian and bike crossing from an old railroad bridge over Highway 50 near Mather Field Road and a light-rail station.

For the complete story, click here.

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