March 2021 District 3 Newsletter

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Placer County District 3 Newsletter

March 2021

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As a Placer County Supervisor I represent the county on a number of governing boards for other public agencies, including the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA)and the Capital Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA).

The CCJPA manages the Capitol Corridor passenger rail service, which provides a critical link between Auburn, the Sacramento mega region and the San Francisco Bay Area. Since the service began in 1991, ridership has grown to make the Capitol Corridor the third busiest passenger rail service in the United States, and a planned expansion of the tracks will result in even greater ridership in the coming years.

The new Sacramento to Roseville Third Track project will provide nearly 18 miles of track and multiple improvements along the route, including 11 new railroad bridges. As we have all heard by now one of the biggest obstacles for projects like this one is figuring out how to pay for them. The good news is the Capitol Corridor has been awarded $83.5 million of the $140 million needed for Phase 1 of the project.

Phase 1 will construct approximately 10 miles of third main track and a new layover and servicing facility for Capitol Corridor trains in Roseville. The Phase 1 project will allow the Capitol Corridor to operate three round trips daily – six trains total – between Sacramento and Roseville, up from the current of one train operating per day. The final engineering design is expected to be completed in 2022 with construction beginning in June 2024.

The project will be a collaborative effort between CCJPA, PCTPA, City of Roseville, Union Pacific Railroad and the City and County of Sacramento.

Peak-hour Capitol Corridor trains can carry upwards of 600 people, which can take 500 cars off the road during peak congestion periods. The Third track project improvements will increase the number of cars taken off the road and are projected to reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled by nearly 12 million throughout Northern California.

Once completed this project will improve the quality of life in Placer County and the surrounding regions, and I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this critical commuter train transportation effort.

Warm Regards,

Supervisor Jim Holmes

Placer County Board of Supervisors initiate affordable housing taskforce

Affordable Housing

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the establishment of the Placer County Housing Development Advisory Taskforce to help identify and move forward affordable housing projects in the county.  Learn more...

New program offers another path to homeownership for Placer workforce

Newcastle Home

Placer workers struggling to afford a home will soon have a new option to make their housing dreams come true.  Learn more...

Choke out Woodsmoke, Incentive Available to Replace Pre-1988 Woodstoves

Wood burning stove

The Placer County Air Pollution Control District is pleased to announce the opportunity for Placer County residents to receive an incentive to replace their pre-1988, high-polluting woodstove with a cleaner-burning, more efficient stove or insert.   Learn more...

Supervisorial redistricting process begins to take shape in Placer County

Placer County 1887 map

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved next steps to develop new supervisorial district boundaries in the county.  Learn more...

Roebbelen Center @The Grounds Anniversary

Roebbelen Center

February marks the first anniversary of the Roebbelen Center @The Grounds in Roseville, and although the first year of operation looked much different than what had been anticipated, Placer County and the Placer Valley Tourism are celebrating this milestone. Rather than hosting large-scale sporting events and    Watch video...

Volunteers needed for tax assistance program

Volunteers needed for tax assistance program

Looking to make a difference and give back to the community during this unprecedented time? Placer County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is currently seeking volunteers for the 2021 tax season. Learn more...

Placer County takes step toward green public transportation


Placer County residents could see zero emission buses traveling around North Lake Tahoe as soon as 2023 as part of a county-wide effort to go green.  Learn more...


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Learn more about the Board of Supervisors, including information on upcoming Board of Supervisors meetings.

Learn more about Supervisor Jim Holmes. 


District 3 Municipal Advisory Councils (MAC's)

North Auburn MAC
March 9, 2021 (Cancelled)
6:00 PM

Newcastle/Ophir MAC
March 18, 2021
7:00 PM

Horseshoe Bar/Penryn MAC
March 23, 2021
7:00 PM

Please check our online MAC meeting calendar or contact the Board of Supervisors Office at (530)889-4010 for updated information on  meetings.


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