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Spring Newsletter 2016

STS Adds Flights to Vegas and Phoenix

STS New Flights STS is now offering direct flights to Las Vegas, Nevada and Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona. The new flights are operated by Allegiant Air. Alaska Airlines operates direct flights from Santa Rosa to Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego and Orange County. In 2015 STS served 263,142 passengers, and expects ridership to reach 300,000 passengers in 2016. Learn more about the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport here.

New Signage for Road Construction will Encourage Sharing the Road

Share the RoadSonoma County Transportation and Public Works has kicked off National Bike Month with road maintenance and new construction zone signage that will benefit drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. New signage will warn drivers and bicyclists when a bike lane will be closed ahead, and remind folks to share the road.

This Spring, Transportation and Public Works is trimming vegetation on a number of roads with bike lanes, that serve as major connectors and popular family routes. Vegetation trimming and other road maintenance activities may require staging on the side of the road, closing a bike lane, or closing a road lane.

When a bike lane is closed, drivers and bicyclists will likely be directed to share a lane. Each year Transportation and Public Works trims vegetation in the Right-of-Way to preserve space for safe travel, and maintain visibility for safety. We partner with Cal Fire, which trims vegetation for fire suppression. This collaboration increases the number of miles that are maintained, while decreasing the cost to the County. Learn more about your roads here.

New Grants Revving up at the Air District

Skaggs Springs Road Our friends at the Air District are currently developing the “3-2-1 Go Green” Program, a brand-new grant program that will deliver rebates on Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrids, and in-home EV chargers. “3” is for a $3,000 rebate on a new EV purchase. “2” is for a $2,000 rebate on plug-in hybrids. “1” is for up to $1,000 for a home EV charger. “Go Green” to mitigate vehicle pollution and to help Sonoma County and California meet their Green House Gas (GHG) reduction goals. The District rebate will be “stackable” with the California Air Resources Board's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project which already provides rebates of $1,500-4000 per vehicle. In 2017, Sonoma Clean Power will kick-off its own rebate program and add a third additional incentive to the rebate stack! Residents of the District (northern and western portions of Sonoma County) will be eligible. More information will be released within the next couple of months. The District aims to start the program in late July of this year. Visit the Air District's webpage here.

Owls Protect Sonoma County Closed Landfills

Integrated Waste OwlTransportation and Public Works maintains seven closed landfills in Sonoma County. Each landfill is contained by a cover system, which can be compromised by rodents burrowing into the overlying soil cover. One of the common techniques for controlling rodent populations at landfills is poison, however Transportation and Public Works implements an effective, eco-friendly, and fuzzy alternative.

In 2006, the Integrated Waste Division implemented a pilot owl box program in its closed landfills. The program started at the Roblar Landfill with eight owl boxes. In four years, all of the boxes were occupied. The program has since expanded to other closed county landfills. With the help of owls, who are nocturnal hunters, rodent numbers were minimized. In 2016, the County partnered with the non-profit Wild Rescue, who now manages the owl program at a facility in Petaluma. Learn more about Integrated Waste here.

Be SMART and Safe

The Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is planning to begin passenger train service by the end of this year, and has already started running test cars. Use these tips and resources to stay SMART and safe. 

Need to know:

  • Trains can’t stop quickly.  A moving train can take up to a mile to come to a complete stop.
  • Flashing red lights indicate a train is approaching from either direction. Never walk or drive around lowered crossing gates. Do not cross the tracks until the lights have stopped flashing and it is safe to do so. 

Walking:

  • Crossing the tracks at a public crossing is very different from crossing a street - at a rail crossing, the trains will not stop for you. Trains travel in both directions, so look both ways before crossing.
  • Modern trains are wide and overhang the tracks by several feet on both sides. If you are standing near the rail, you can be hit by a train. 

Biking:

  • Bicycle wheels can get caught between the rails; always cross at a 90-degree angle and if possible, walk – don’t ride across tracks.

Driving:

  • Never stop your car on the railroad tracks. When you see the crossing signals activated, be sure to stop 15 feet back, at the white line. Wait until the crossing gates have raised and the lights have stopped flashing before you proceed.  Never cross the tracks until you are sure your entire vehicle will be able to get across the tracks safely.
  • If you find yourself on the tracks as a result of being trapped by traffic and the warning gates are activated by an oncoming train, drive through the gates as they are designed to be driven through in an emergency.

For more information visit’s SMART’s safety page at BeTrackSMART.org, or check out the City of Santa Rosa’s page for more helpful tips like those listed above. 

Contact Information

Johannes J. Hoevertsz

Director

Transportation & Public Works
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Contact us by Phone
Office Location
La Plaza B
2300 County Center Drive
Suite B 100
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.462006, -122.725384