Tuesday May 17 2011
City busses to run more frequently
By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
Speed limit survey results put into effect
Transportation changes are in store for Folsom. At last week’s city council meeting, the council approved proposed new bus routes for the City of Folsom Stage Line Bus Service starting June 10. According to the staff report, the new routes will provide enhanced bus transportation to the city with an increase in-service frequency from two-hour to one-hour intervals between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. New, morning service will be initiated from American River Canyon and Main and Madison Avenues to Historic Folsom light rail station starting at 5:45 a.m., more than two hours earlier than the current schedule. Also, there will be a consistent connection with the Sacramento Regional Transit bus (Line 24) at Main and Madison Avenues. There will also be consistent routes with the Folsom Prison to better assist prison staff. City staff also touted new enhanced transit bus service opportunities to and from Folsom Prison in support of the light rail at Historic Folsom. Also approved was additional service to the Iron Point Road corridor including the Cal ISO building, Intel and Black Diamond Drive along with service to Wal-Mart and Bidwell Street. “I’m happy to hear we’re doing this and that ridership is improving,” said Councilwoman Kerri Howell. In other business, the resolution establishing speed limits in an ongoing zoning project in the city was approved. According to officials, state law requires that local agencies establish speed limits on public streets based upon an Engineering and Traffic Study for Speed Zoning. The Public Works Department adopted a new practice for updating the surveys on a city-wide basis. Beginning in 2009, the city was divided into quadrants, and one quadrant will be surveyed and updated each year, “so that we will be able to ensure that all surveys are updated regularly without having to submit one long list of surveys for review,” according to the staff report. To date the council reviewed and approved speed surveys for Zone 1, the area north of Lake Natoma and Folsom Lake; Zone 2, the central portion of Folsom, and Zone 3, the area south of Blue Ravine Road and west of East Bidwell Street. The fourth and final quadrant surveyed was the eastern area of the city, bounded on the north by East Natoma Street, the south by Highway 50, west by East Bidwell Street, and the east by the El Dorado County line. There is no financial impact to the city, according to officials. The city approved the establishment of speed limits on Blue Ravine Road, Broadstone Parkway, Cavitt Drive, Creekside Drive, East Natoma Street, Empire Ranch Road, Golf Links Drive, Green Valley Road, Iron Point Road, Oak Avenue Parkway, Parkway Drive, and Scholar Way. The speed limit at Golf Links Drive was raised from 40 to 45 mph and the speed limit at Parkway Drive was raised from 25 to 30 mph. For more information on council approvals, visit folsom.ca.us.