Erin Baldassari

Government, Fuel, TCA

California Voters Reject Gas Tax Repeal

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California voters on Nov. 6 rejected Proposition 6, a measure to repeal a recent increase in the state’s gas tax and one that, in many ways, determines the fate of California’s roads, bridges and transit.

Erin Baldassari | East Bay Times
November 7, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

How Cities in the San Francisco Bay Area Are Paving the Way for Our Autonomous Car Future

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SAN FRANCISCO — Within two to three years, bicyclists in Emeryville and Los Gatos will be able to download an app to get more green lights at intersections. Patients at the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Medical Center will be hopping on an autonomous shuttle for appointments.

Erin Baldassari | East Bay Times
February 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

First Self-Driving Shuttle on Public Roads to Launch in Las Vegas

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On Nov. 8, Las Vegas residents and visitors will get a chance to hop on the country’s first autonomous shuttle to operate on public roads, thanks to a partnership with AAA.

Erin Baldassari | East Bay Times
November 7, 2017
Government, Fuel, TCA

California Truckers to Pay 20¢ More a Gallon for Diesel Starting Nov. 1

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Beginning Nov. 1, drivers across California can expect to pay an extra 12 cents per gallon for gasoline at the pump, and an extra 20 cents per gallon for diesel.

Erin Baldassari | East Bay Times
October 31, 2017
Government, Logistics, TCA

With California’s New Gas Tax Approved, Caltrans Is on a Hiring Spree as Construction Work Ramps Up

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Vallejo native Chris Haynes had just finished high school when he signed up to work for the California Conservation Corps, a job that took him down back roads across the state. But wherever he went, he saw Caltrans workers too.

Erin Baldassari | East Bay Times
August 18, 2017
Business, Technology, TCA

Drones, Artificial Intelligence Creep Into Road Construction

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High above the Balfour interchange on State Route 4 in Brentwood, Calif., a drone buzzes, its sensors keeping a close watch on the volumes of earth being moved to make way for a new highway bypass.

Erin Baldassari | East Bay Times
July 26, 2017
TCA

Port of Oakland: Big-Rig Smog Checks Reflect Change in Trucking Industry

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For trucking companies at the Port of Oakland, California, the hardest part is mostly over — if they're still in business, that is.

Erin Baldassari | East Bay Times
February 24, 2017
Business

Port of Oakland Opens New Rail Yard

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OAKLAND — While public uproar over a proposal to export coal may have slowed down one redevelopment project at the former Oakland Army Base, another one has been quietly under construction.

Erin Baldassari | East Bay Times
July 8, 2016
Business

Port of Oakland to Keep Extended Night Hours for Trucks

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After a three-month pilot program to alleviate truck backups, the Port of Oakland's largest terminal operator is planning to keep its gates open at night and will begin charging a new flat fee to pay for the extended hours.

Erin Baldassari | East Bay Times
June 14, 2016