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Sacramento light-rail extension and streetcar line

Postby lpetrich » Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:43 am

Sacramento has construction and planning for three urban-rail projects.

First, the current state of its light-rail system. It has 4 lines radiating out from its downtown core. The east line to E Sac and Folsom and the west line to the Amtrak station are grouped as the Yellow Line, and the northeast line toward Roseville and the south line toward S Sac are grouped as the Blue Line.

Downtown-Natomas-Airport Transit Alternatives Analysis/Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Report
Under construction: the first part of the Green Line, which will run from the downtown core north in 7th St. across the railyards to Richards Blvd.
Planned: to go from there to Sacramento International Airport. The route: north across the American River to Truxel Rd., then E Commerce Wy., then Meister Wy., then the airport.

I can't find any construction updates there, so I have to go to Press Releases - Sacramento Regional Transit. Recent news on the Green Line. The new 8th and H Sts station is now open; it is near the 7th and I Sts one (PR Jan 6, 2012). The overhead cables are now electrified (PR Nov 14, 2011).

The South Line - Phase 2 to Cosumnes River College in south Sacramento. There was a groundbreaking for a parking garage there, and the South Line extension to there is stated to open June 2015 (PR Nov 4, 2011).


Sacramento Press / Sacramento gets on track for streetcars
City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with a plan to bring a modern, electric version of the single car “trolleys” to connect neighborhoods in the central city and make getting around town easier for residents, workers and visitors. ...

The study suggested four route plans for the central city and three more to allow connection to eastern Midtown, Sacramento State, Oak Park and the UC Davis Medical Center.

Routes are also suggested for major development areas, including the railyards, The River District and the Arden Fair Mall/Cal Expo areas, according to the study summary. ...

With its vote of approval, the City Council recommended city staff work in partnership with the city of West Sacramento, Regional Transit and the Yolo County Transportation District to pursue a federal grant for the starter line.

Once the funding is in place and environmental studies and design plans are completed, construction of the starter line is anticipated to take 18 months.

The Streetcar Study, discussed several routes, 8 of them in or near downtown Sacramento, and 1 of them in Davis, CA. The initial line, from east to west:

19th St. -- J, L Sts. -- 13th St. -- K St. -- (light-rail line to the Amtrak station) -- 3rd St. -- Capitol Mall -- Tower Bridge across the Sacramento River -- West Capitol Ave. in West Sacramento
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Re: Sacramento light-rail extension and streetcar line

Postby lpetrich » Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:16 am

City Beat: First light rail train rolls into station north of downtown Sacramento
The Green Line extends 1.1 miles from downtown and took nearly three years to construct. The project cost $44 million, most of which came from Measure A transportation sales tax funds.

The station is
7th & Richards / Township 9

Announcement at Sacramento Regional Transit's site: http://www.sacrt.com/documents/GLGO12.PDF complete with a picture of the new station. The line's schedule: http://www.sacrt.com/schedules/current/ ... enLine.pdf It runs from 13th St. through downtown and north to the new station.

There is a possible future station along this route in the Railyards area, and it is to be extended to Sacramento's main airport. However, that will require additional funding.

Construction has started on the Blue Line extension from Meadowview to Cosumnes River College. With additional funding, it may be extended further, to Elk Grove.
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Re: Sacramento light-rail extension and streetcar line

Postby lpetrich » Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:48 am

Current Construction Activity - Blue Line - it has become very visible, with work underway on the bridges over Morrison Creek between the existing line and Cosumnes River Blvd., and a bridge over that street to Cosumnes River College.

Expected opening date: September 2015.
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Re: Sacramento light-rail extension and streetcar line

Postby lpetrich » Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:54 pm

Sacramento RT Blue Line light-rail expansion gets federal funding to move forward - Sacramento Business Journal
Construction on the South Line Phase 2 light-rail extension project is expected to begin early next year following a commitment by the federal government to partially fund the 4.3-mile project.

The Federal Transit Administration finalized a funding agreement with Sacramento Regional Transit District, which allows the project to move forward, Congresswoman Doris Matsui announced Wednesday.

However, some construction has already started, construction of those two light-rail bridges and of a parking garage. The bridges should be done by April 2014 and the garage by next spring.
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Re: Sacramento light-rail extension and streetcar line

Postby lpetrich » Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:05 pm

At Sacramento Regional Transit District Home Page I found at Sacramento Regional Transit Master Plan this Flash-applet page: Balance the costs and benefits of your Transit Network - Flash Game, which works from this map of proposed rail and bus improvements.
When maxed out, it costs $7232 million in capital costs and $813 per household per year to it run it.

The projects:
  • Regional Rail - 2 or 4 peak-hour trains to Auburn
  • Light Rail
    • Service-frequency improvements: 5 min peak, 10 min off-peak
    • Extensions: downtown to Sac'to Airport, south to Elk Grove, north to Citrus Heights and Roseville, east to El Dorado
  • Streetcar
    • Downtown to CSUS and West Sac'to
    • Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights
  • Express Buses (Bus Rapid Transit in dedicated bus lanes)
  • Local Buses
  • Passenger experience: improvements to stops and stations, improved ticketing and passenger info
  • Safety and Security: police, cameras
I experimented a bit with that Flash applet, and I found some interesting results.

Safety and Security were relatively cheap, as were Regional Rail improvements. Passenger Experience was not much more expensive.

The buses have plenty of coverage, but all the buses together have a capital cost comparable to the light-rail extensions to Elk Grove and the airport, and nearly 3 times the operational cost.

Turning to light rail, while the capital cost of frequency improvements is about half that of the extensions, their operational cost is greater.

About the streetcar lines, the downtown ones seem more cost-effective than the Rancho Cordova ones. That makes me suspect pork barrel for the Rancho Cordova ones.
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Re: Sacramento light-rail extension and streetcar line

Postby lensovet » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:30 pm

i think the game is a really cool idea and i wish more agencies would do this. it makes it very easy for the public to visualize both how many can be spent and the benefits/impacts that it has.
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Re: Sacramento light-rail extension and streetcar line

Postby lpetrich » Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:40 am

That Flash applet is still online, happy to say.

The extension from Meadowview Ave. to Cosumnes River College continues construction. From Construction Activity - Blue Line, it is now at tracklaying.

No progress on other possible extensions, however. Home - Riverfront Streetcar Project is about a downtown - West Sac proposed line. It's still in planning.
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Re: Sacramento light-rail extension and streetcar line

Postby lpetrich » Mon Aug 03, 2015 1:46 pm

Announcement about the under-construction Blue Line
RT has activated high voltage wires above the light rail tracks along the Blue Line to Cosumnes River College (CRC) light rail extension currently under construction. Stay clear of this high voltage area and the overhead wires, which are extremely dangerous!

RT will be operating light rail test trains between the Meadowview Station and the new Cosumnes River College Station starting later this month. Testing may take place at any time during the day or night, and will continue until the opening of the Blue Line to CRC light rail service in September 2015.

That announcement was undated and apparently old.

Blue Line to CRC Grand Opening2 - BLGrandopening.pdf -- Monday, August 24, with a preview celebration on Sunday, August 23.
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Re: Sacramento light-rail extension and streetcar line

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