Transportation commission scales back meeting schedule |

Transportation commission scales back meeting schedule

It is not often that government votes to have fewer meetings.

But that’s what members of the Nevada County Transportation Commission did this morning, opting to meet every other month instead of monthly. The board will meet again December 15 and then set the new schedule up for next year.

Board member Russ Steele said the commission staff is having quality time for important projects stripped from them by preparing for monthly meetings.

Commission Executive Director Dan Landon said those projects include:

– Rerouting downtown Grass Valley traffic, now called the Grass Valley Corridor Improvement Project.

– Proposed interchanges at Crestview Drive and Dorsey Drive.

– Continued widening of Highway 49 from Combie Road to Grass Valley.

– Compiling a plan to adhere to new federal and state air quality rules.

– Updating the developer fee mitigation for roads plan.

The county’s Transit Services Commission which primarily deals with the Gold Country Stage and special Telecare bus services and meets the same day as the transportation board did not have a quorum and could not deal with the meetings question. Country Stage handles regular board routes and Telecare is a specialized service for the disabled.

The transit services board also could not deal with the question of whether to abandon night service for all riders. Telecare handles the night route for all bus customers and it represents less than 2 percent of total ridership.

The transit commission is being asked by staff if the night route should be abandoned, if Telecare should get a better rate for running it, or if the route should be transferred back to the Country Stage fold from Telecare.

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