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Issue: #65
March, 2020
May is Bike Month 2020 Update

Thank you to all who have signed up to volunteer.  It saddens us to announce that all May is Bike Month events on the 50 Corridor have been cancelled due to COVID-19 guidance from the CDC and Sacramento Area Council of Governments. We are working on possible virtual alternatives to community events, but in the mean time, stay healthy!

For those of you who want to read more about safe bicycling during the outbreak, CLICK HERE for a helpful article from Bicycling Magazine.
 Staying Healthy if You're On the Go


We know many of you who read our newsletter "go together," whether that means van-pooling, car-pooling, bicycle-pooling, or riding transit. We encourage everyone to take proper precautions en-route to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  


1.) Stay home if you can

2.) Wash your hands

3.) Cover your coughs and sneezes

4.) Refrain from touching your face



SacRT is cleaning and sanitizing our buses, light rail vehicles, bus shelters, transit centers and light rail stations every day


See how local mobility providers are responding to the virus:







Thriving While Working From Home

Amidst COVID-19, employers along the 50 Corridor are implementing work from home policies. While this may be new for some, employees and managers can find solace in the fact that attitudes towards teleworking are changing, and this could be a good opportunity for your company to implement a long-term telework policy.  In fact,  research that shows employee productivity actually tends to increase when people work from home. One famous study, carried about by Stanford University economist Nick Bloom in 2010-11, revealed some  surprising findings  that helped change employer attitudes toward telecommuting:
  • Teleworkers posted productivity gains of 13% when working remotely
  • They also self-reported significantly higher rates of job satisfaction
  • Home workers were 50% less likely to quit their job compared to staff members required to work on site
  • The company involved in the study saved an average of $2,000 per year for each telecommuting employee
Read more  HERE  about teleworking from our sacregion511.com platform provider, RideAmigos. 

El Dorado County Bike Safety

 

On March 2, the 50 Corridor TMA began a bicycle safety course for 6th graders at Herbert Green Middle School.  This course is made possible by a partnership with El Dorado County, who received an active transportation grant to complete a portion of the El Dorado Trail and provide bicycle education to nearby residents. During this course, students learn rules of the road, trail etiquette, and basic bicycle maintenance. 


Parkway Cleanup

The City of Rancho Cordova has received multiple complaints and calls for service from the community related to dumped trash, health and safety hazards, and illegal camping on the American River Parkway just north of the Sunriver Neighborhood. On February 16, 2020, the City of Rancho Cordova Homeless Outreach Team - comprised of the Homeless Outreach Navigator, Rancho Cordova PD, code enforcement and MCE - partnered with Sacramento County Regional Parks Rangers and Sacramento County Sheriff's Work Project to reduce the hazardous conditions.

The team removed 15,000 pounds of trash, the majority of which had been dumped in the area. The team also provided services, education and resources to a handful of homeless individuals who were either camping in or traveling through the area. 



Project Updates
Folsom Boulevard Beautification and Enhancement Project

Highway 50 and Zinfandel Drive Interchange Improvements
Construction on the Highway 50 and Zinfandel Drive Interchange project is underway. Zinfandel Drive and certain Highway 50 on and off ramps will have heavy traffic restrictions between 6 AM and 8 PM from March 14 - 15 and March 21 - 22 as road paving work is done, weather permitting. Traffic control will be in place to assist people traveling through the area. 


Vanpools

The following vanpools are accepting new passengers or names for their wait lists:

Vineyard Area to Downtown/West Sacramento
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Monday through Friday
$50 per month (only one seat available)

Vineyard Area to Downtown/West Sacramento
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
$50 per month

Sunridge/Anatolia to Downtown Sacramento
7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fridays with alternative Fridays off
$30 per month

Sunridge/Anatolia/Stonecreek to Old Sacramento/West Sacramento
7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
$30 per month

Anatolia Clubhouse to Downtown Sacramento 
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Price to be determined

Folsom to Downtown Sacramento
 
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Price to be determined

Folsom to Downtown/West Sacramento
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Starts at Safeway on Iron Point, drop offs at Capitol area and CalSTRS

Folsom to South Natomas
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Starts at Century Theatre in Folsom at 6:50 a.m., drops off at El Camino/Gateway Oaks area.

Vineyard or Anatolia to Amazon
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., all days
$50 per month

Vineyard to Folsom 
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$50 per month