Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Light Rail to the River District

The first phase of the Green Line connecting downtown Sacramento to the River District and extending 1.1 miles north to Richards Boulevard and 7th Street at the Township 9 development, will be ready for service this Friday.

The Green Line will eventually extend light rail 12.8 miles north from downtown Sacrament through Natomas and the Sacramento International Airport. The Green Line to the River District will operate as an independent circulator, connecting to existing tracks south of H Street and operating through downtown to the 13th Street light rail station.

In conjunction with the City of Sacramento's two major development projects (The Railyards and Township 9) and the River District Specific Plan, the Green Line to the River District will provide a key transit link from these developments to downtown Sacramento.

The Green Line to the River District is RT's first design-build track construction project.  The cost of the design-build contract is $44.4 million.

Project Benefits

This project is the first phase of a larger project that will provide improved transit service tot he Natomas communities and beyond. It will also demonstrate RT's ability to deliver a locally-funded project that supports the Sacramento region's Blueprint principles by tying transit service to future development and promoting patterns of smart growth.

The Green Line to the River District will provide public investment in a corridor identified for redevelopment, which will lead to needed private investment, and provide immediate benefits to existing businesses along the corridor.

Trains are expected to operate on a 30-minute frequency and generate an additional 6,540 daily boarding’s.

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