Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sewer rates under pressure all around

Today's story in The Record points out ratepayers in Stockton and Tracy are facing potentially major sewer rate increases because of more strict treatment plant discharge requirements. Although Lodi's most recent permit is requiring more advanced sewage treatment, it hasn't reached the point of these cities.

Read it here

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Getting Around Town Just Got Easier!

City of Lodi GrapeLine's fixed bus routes have undergone some new changes that will make the system more efficient, rider-friendly, and easier to navigate.

Please check out our website to see the new route maps and schedules

New bus schedules can be picked up at:
Lodi Station, 24 South Sacramento Street;
City Hall, 221 West Pine Street;
or the City Finance Department, 310 West Elm Street

Here is a list of the significant changes to our fixed route system:

Weekday Route Changes

Route 1:
Timetables have been updated.

Route 2:
No significant changes.

Route 3:
Streamlined through Downtown and extended to Kettleman Lane and Lower Sacramento Road, eliminating confusing one-way service on Walnut and Oak Streets and creating a faster trip along Lockeford Street. There is no longer a one-way loop on Century Blvd. and Wimbledon Drive; instead the route runs along the western portion of Century Blvd. and Mills to access Kettleman Lane Shopping Centers. Route 4 covers the eliminated portion of the route.

Route 4:
Updated to reduce route redundancy and confusing one-way service.
Stockton Street is used to access Lodi Avenue, providing direct service to Smart & Final.

Hutchins Street is used to access Century Blvd. (The old route used Fairmont Ave., then Vine, and then Church St. to reach Century Blvd.)
The new alignment serves high density apartments directly and avoids narrow streets. From Century Blvd, the alignment directly services Century Christian School and Beckman Elementary School on Scarborough Drive, along with high-density housing on Wimbledon Drive. The route continues on Ham Lane and Kettleman Lane to the Kettleman Lane Shopping Centers.

Route 5:
Service has been discontinued past Highway 99 because of few boardings. The route is now streamlined through the northeastern neighborhood and follows Cherokee Lane to Almond Drive, Stockton Street, and Kettleman Lane. Updated route will be faster and more streamlined along Cherokee Lane.

Weekend Route Changes

Route A (which combined elements of weekday routes 1 and 5) has been eliminated because its large one-way counter-clockwise loop made travel much too long.

Weekday Route 1 has been reinstated for weekend service and is called Route 30.

Weekday Route 5 has been reinstated for weekend service and is called Route 31.

Segments of weekend Routes B, C, and D (Weekday routes 2, 3, and 4) have been eliminated, instead combining elements of each to create Routes 32 and 33. These routes run in opposite directions of eachother, but along the same route. The routes operate along Lockeford Street, Ham Lane, Kettleman Lane (to the Kettleman Lane Shopping Centers), Mills Avenue, Century Blvd, Wimbledon Drive, Hutchins Street, and Central Avenue. Route 32 runs in a clockwise direction, while Route 33 runs counter-clockwise.

Please contact the City of Lodi Transit Division with any questions or concerns at:
(209)333-6800 ext. 2076, or

Big Belly Solar trash compactor

Here's an item that's going to the City Council on Wednesday: using federal stimulus funds for solar-powered trash compactors.

Check out this video on the cans: