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Light Rail to Break Ground on CRC Expansion

The project is expected to cost $270 million and will bring light rail to Elk Grove's doorstep.

Commuters should be able to ride Sacramento Regional Transit's light rail from downtown Sacramento to Cosumnes River College by 2015, and the expansion necessary to take them there will start Wednesday morning.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday to start construction on two bridges that will eventually carry trains over Cosumnes River Boulevard and Morrison Creek. The ceremony will be held at the intersection of Cosumnes River Boulevard and Bruceville Road.

Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento) is scheduled to speak at the event.

The project, part of Regional Transit's Blue Line, will cost $270 million and add 4.3 miles of track. The light rail's trip south currently ends at Meadowview Road.

Bwood September 12, 2012 at 02:51 PM
"The next expansion southward is to Elk Grove Blvd. phase 3 then to Elk Grove Promenade Mall phase 4 due to the economy." Phase 4 at this point, is the "train to nowhere."
M.Legison September 12, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I've often wondered why Sacramento metro hasn't chosen BRT over light rail. As in San Jose, there will never be enough density to justify the initial and ongoing operational expense of light rail. BRT can be implemented at a fraction of the cost, and busses and routes can be added or subtracted as needed. Having a clear mass transit path from SMF to downtown should have been in the first phase, not an unknown future phase.
Sarah Johnson September 12, 2012 at 05:50 PM
There are long range plans for BRT, but for some reason the political will is not yet present. BRT can serve as part of the connectivity with all other forms of transit in our region. Sacramento County's plan shows BRT on Watt Avenue, which becomes Elk Grove-Florin Road, all the way south to Elk Grove Blvd.
Jason T. September 13, 2012 at 04:09 AM
The new low floor train light rail will be use in 2014 but not sure yet. It was saying in late 2013 but i don't know yet when the new low floor will be use check on this two sites for more info http://www.usa.siemens.com/railsystems & http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/siemens-receives-contract-to-refurbish-21-light-rail-vehicles-for-sacramento-regional-transit-165410356.html
Jason T. December 15, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Don't know the other part yet but there is a future of the Blue Line expand to the City Of Roseville to Galleria Mall. Green Line phase 2 will start in 2014 or early 2015 by Sacramento Regional Transit's but still not sure yet. Streetcar Line from Downtown Sacramento to West Sacramento is on wait becasue of the high cost. The new low floor metro light rail will start to run in the Gold Line in 2014 then the rest of the lines in 2015 you can use all the doors and even the platform because the high platform is like the Los Angeles Metro Train if you how L.A. Metro doors looks like.

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