Message from Executive Director Mike Luken


Executive Director Mike Luken

We appreciate the opportunity to keep you informed about important local transportation topics in the Placer region. At PCTPA, we are constantly looking for ways to enhance safety and improve travel experiences for community members, residents and visitors who travel through Placer County.

One of the ways we are working to improve travel experience and reduce congestion in our region is through the Placer Sacramento Gateway Plan. In partnership with Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), and Caltrans, the Plan looks at potential improvements along the Interstate 80 / Business 80 corridor from downtown Sacramento to Auburn as well as the Highway 65 corridor from Lincoln to Interstate 80. The focus on reducing congestion and improving travel times means looking at all modes of travel with the planning effort, identifying potential improvements for cars, trucks, rail, bus, and walking / bicycling.

As Placer’s transportation planners, it is important for us to cultivate collaborative relationships with the leaders in our county. One way we accomplish this is through our Board of Directors, which includes elected officials from every jurisdiction in Placer County, as well as a citizen representative from the Tahoe area.

Capitol Corridor is a significant part of our region’s transportation network. We are launching a series of videos called Meet the Riders that features residents and business owners in Placer County who love living here and riding the Capitol Corridor. The first video in the series featured Mike Mendelson, who lives in Auburn and takes Capitol Corridor into the Bay Area for work. Capitol Corridor gives him an opportunity to live in Placer County and enjoy the rural parts of the county while getting to work at his dream job in the Bay Area. The second video in the series featured Tim and Linda Arbogast of Martin Mattox Mercantile in Auburn. They relocated their home and business to Auburn, but wanted to stay connected to family, friends, and culture of San Francisco. They enjoy traveling on the Capitol Corridor to get there. The video series has continued on to Rocklin and soon to Roseville. Stay tuned in on our social media!

Please stay informed and involved in the process as we try to meet our area’s transportation needs. Have an enjoyable and safe winter.