Forty-two San Joaquin County transportation leaders, elected officials, and regional advocates are in Washington, D.C. to meet with key leaders in the administration and Congress about specific policy issues and projects important to this region. The delegates are part of the annual San Joaquin One Voice effort coordinated by the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG).
The trip – which began on May 5 and continues through May 9 – includes meetings with Congressmen Josh Harder and Jerry McNerney, who represent the San Joaquin County region; Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein; high-ranking officials at Economic Development Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, the Committee on Highways and Transit, and Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; as well as other congressional representatives and officials from the White House Intergovernmental Affairs and Build America Bureau. Local elected federal representatives view this trip positively as a means of helping them to prioritize and shepherd needed projects and policies through the federal process.
“The San Joaquin County One Voice trip is a great opportunity to join together with a unified voice to promote regional transportation issues in San Joaquin County and lobby federal legislators and agencies to help bring projects and dollars back to our county and communities,” said City of Tracy Mayor and SJCOG Board Chair Robert Rickman.
Project highlights for the region include: SR 99/120 interchange improvements in Manteca, modernization at the Stockton Metropolitan Airport, a demonstration project in downtown Stockton for a shared autonomous shuttle, a megaregional rail project connecting BART and ACE, interchange and parkway improvements on I-205 and I-580 in Tracy, corridor improvements to Grant Line Road in the County, and a rail grade separation project for ACE. The list of delegates and additional project details are available on the SJCOG website at: www.sjocg.org/onevoice.
The San Joaquin Council of Governments is a joint powers authority comprised of the County of San Joaquin and the cities of Stockton, Lodi, Manteca, Tracy, Ripon, Escalon, and Lathrop The agency serves as the federally-designated metropolitan planning organization, the state-designated regional transportation planning agency, the implementing agency for the habitat conservation program, the local transportation authority (overseeing Measure K, the local half- cent transportation sales tax), and as a technical resource for the San Joaquin region. For more information, visit sjcog.org; follow SJCOG on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; or call 209-235-0600.