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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.

Sarah Johnson May 23, 2012 at 02:25 AM
It is progress! Painfully slow, but progress never the less.
Socrates May 23, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Does anyone know what the next southward expansion after the Consumnes River College might be? Would love to see additional stops in Elk Grove.
Elk Grove Laguna Forums May 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM
If they can it to to CRC, then hopefully the city can have consistent bus service to that area in the until it comes to Elk Grove. It's closer than going to Meadowview for those who can drive. It's a step in the right direction anyway.
lynn wheat May 25, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Is this really Elk Grove's door step? Yes, they will get it to CRC....the planning has been right for this and the work has begun! Coming to Elk Grove soon....I doubt anytime soon. The leaders/decision makers of Elk Grove believe in rapid bus transportation and have not actively pushed to bring light rail here...first step was parting from regional transportation and creating the city's own bus service....
Elk Grove Laguna Forums May 25, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Unfortunately the costs for light rail make it a poor investment. Fees will have to go up to pay for it. Costs will increase each step of the way and the people who don't use it will pay for it.
Sarah Johnson May 25, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Hopefully you will look at it from a broader perspective. It creates connectivity and the impact of that should be considered. Public transit is vital and we have done a poor job of implementing it. Building transit options does not mean that you have to give up your private automobile. It is about creating options. Bottom line, we cannot build our way out of the need for roads and that demand will just get worse as popilation grows. Public transit with good options and connectivity is the only viable way to keep enough space on our roadways for people who still want to drive.
Elk Grove Laguna Forums May 25, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I understand it doesn't mean giving up an automobile. It's great for those who need and want to use it. Not sure taxpayers want to foot the bill for something used by a limited number of people
Sarah Johnson May 25, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Ridership will increase the more and better connected the system is. Transit riders are taxpayers too.
Jason T. September 12, 2012 at 02:08 AM
The next expansion southward is to Elk Grove Blvd. phase 3 then to Elk Grove Promenade Mall phase 4 due to the economy. Also other projects constructions the future Watt I-80 Blue Line will expand to the City Of Roseville, the Green Line to the Sacramento Intl Airport and a new line Streecar from Downtown Sacramento to West Sacramento.
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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