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Aerial Structures Dimensions

  • Morrison Creek Structure
    • Length: 1317′
    • Width: 32′
    • Total Area: 42,150 sq. feet
    • Height: varies – 2′ low to 40′ high (27′ clear of UPRR)
    • Max Span: 175′
    • Depth: 7′ 3″
    • Considerations: Goes over UPRR and two flowing creeks with 108″ CIDH piling and difficult access.
  • Cosumnes River Boulevard Structure
    • Length: 945′
    • Width: 32′
    • Total Area: 30,240 sq. feet
    • Heigh: varies – 2′ low to 18′ high (to go over Cosumnes River Boulevard)
    • Max. Span: 165′
    • Depth: 7′ 3″
    • Considerations: Goes over five lanes of active traffic with 96″ CIDH piling.

FAQ

What is the purpose of the Blue Line to CRC Project?

In 1989, RT conducted a Systems Planning Study to explore the potential for future light rail extensions within the greater Sacramento Metropolitan Area. It addressed the need for public transportation improvements by assessing travel patterns and needs, and identified alternatives that required further study. RT’s vision for expansion of its light rail system is part of its 20-Year Transit Master Plan, adopted in October 1993. The first step has been to implement a 10-year Rail Development Plan, which includes a new light rail corridor in the South Sacramento area. RT worked with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to complete a study of the South Sacramento Corridor. The first phase of this study (downtown Sacramento to Meadowview Road) has been completed and is operating. The second phase calls for extending the light rail system from Meadowview to Cosumnes River College to accommodate growth in the area and to alleviate traffic congestion.

What is the purpose of the environmental study?

Federal and state laws require a formal review of projects that may affect the environment. For this project - because other environmental studies have been conducted previously - federal law requires preparation of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) and state law require preparation of a Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR). The environmental studies evaluate impacts associated with project alternatives as well as possible mitigation measures.

How is the issue of safety and security being addressed?

RT is committed to safety, as isCosumnesRiverCollege, which has been selected as the terminus station. As a mitigation measure, RT security services would extend to include new light rail services. Furthermore,CosumnesRiverCollegehas its own police department and they will also be responsible for ensuring the safety of commuters at the terminal and throughout the parking structure. Technical experts have studied the proposed line, station design and grade crossings to explore safety precautions. Also, the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIS/SEIR) addresses safety issues in detail.

Why has Cosumnes River College been selected as the terminus station?

It has been determined that ending the line at CRC is appropriate since the College is a major destination area. Thus RT has entered into an agreement with CRC to use space on their campus for the station and parking structure.

Why has a large parking structure been proposed instead of more surface parking lots?

In order to compete for Federal funding, terminus stations (such as the one proposed at Cosumnes River College) need to provide sufficient parking to claim ridership. A computer model generates the anticipated demand for spaces required at each of the stations. The model calculated a demand of 2,000 spaces for the College. While efforts can and will be made to encourage carpooling (and using other transit) to the station, realistically the majority of trips will still be made by single occupancy vehicles needing parking. By building an attractive vertical structure to accommodate the amount of cars required at this terminus station, this proposal is more competitive with others vying for federal dollars. Land use is a very important issue, particularly when competing for Federal assistance. A surface parking lot with acres of asphalt is not attractive and reduces the amount of transit oriented development that can take place in the station area. By building an attractive vertical structure to house the same amount of cars required at terminus stations, this proposal is more competitive.

Where will the stations be located?

The proposed station locations are:
  • Morrison Creek Station
  • Franklin Boulevard Station at Cosumnes River Boulevard
  • Center Parkway Station at Cosumnes River Boulevard
  • Cosumnes River College Station

When will the light rail system be extended into the City of Elk Grove?

Expansion to Elk Grove is covered in the TransitAction Plan, which is tied to the SACOG Blueprint. Timing for the expansion has not yet been identified and is contingent on various factors, including securing funding for the project. To see the Conceptual Plan for the Elk Grove/Laguna community, click here.

Will there be any impact to existing bus service in the area?

Blue Line to CRC Project will be integrated with existing and adjusted bus service. RT will evaluate the need to realign bus service to meet train schedules and better accommodate ridership needs.

How will RT mitigate any environmental impacts, such as visual or noise related impacts?

RT has conducted an extensive environmental study to determine impacts that would result from extending the light rail system. RT is committed to minimizing any environmental issues. In fact, RT’s noise criteria are more stringent than the federal government’s. Visual and noise impacts are a primary component of the DSEIS/SEIR.

What is the projected construction start date and construction duration?

Construction of the project will occur between spring 2012 and 2015.

Public Outreach

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Press Releases

  • July 24, 2014                                                                                                                                                       Valley Green Pedestrian Bridge to be Set in Place for Blue Line Light Rail Extension
  • August 12, 2013
    RT Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony for Blue Line to Cosumnes River College Light Rail Extension
  • January 4, 2013
    U.S. Transportation Secretary to Make Major Transportation Funding Announcement
  • November 4, 2011
    RT and CRC Host Groundbreaking Ceremony for Blue Line Light Rail Parking Structure
  • January 31, 2011
    RT Hosts Blue Line Public Meeting
  • July 10, 2009
    RT South Line Phase 2 Public Meeting
  • March 10, 2009
    RT to Host Blue Line to CRC Station Design Meeting
  • April 13, 2007
    RT to Host SSCP2 Public Information Meeting
  • November 12, 2004
    RT to Host SSCP2 Public Information Meeting
  • May 6, 2003
    RT Hosts second open house for South Area Light Rail Extension Phase Two
  • April 18, 2003
    RT hosts open house for second phase of South Area Light Rail Extension
  • April 4, 2002
    RT seeks public comment for second phase of South Area Light Rail Extension
  • March 19, 2002
    RT seeks public comment for second phase of South Area Light Rail Extension

Station Overview

The future Blue Line to Cosumnes River College station designs were the result of feedback that RT and its designers received during a community meeting held on July 16, 2009.The stations will have side platforms, one for boarding inbound trains and the other for boarding outbound trains. The stations will also have the following common features and amenities:

  • Passenger shelters, minimum of 14’ wide
  • Each platform will include a mini-high platform at the front end for ease of boarding by mobility-impaired passengers. The mini-high platforms will be accessed by ramp and will each include a shelter (with the exception of one temporary platform at Cosumnes River College Station).
  • Detectable Warning Tiles are provided along the platform edges, and Directional tiles mark light rail door locations, and paths to Braille signs and fare vending equipmentPlatform-to-platform access, materials and pedestrian circulation in the area where trains operate
  • Fare vending equipment will include machines for vending tickets and passes, and also machines to read Smart Cards and add fares to them
  • Landscaping will be drought-resistant, and includes many shade trees in both the platforms and parking lot areas
  • Site furniture will include RT standard benches, trash containers, bicycle racks and lockers, and drinking fountains
  • Each station will have two electronic message display signs on each platform
  • Fences in the stations will be of decorative metal type
  • Lighting will be LED
  • Stubs will be provided for water and electrical for future concessionaire uses. Each station will have a soda/water vending machine as well
  • Artwork is unique for each station
  • Public phones will not be provided at these stations
  • Provisions for Electric Vehicle charging stations at all parking lots

Contracting Opportunities

For more information about contracting opportunities on the Blueline to Cosumnes River College Project please visit http://www.sacrt.com/contractinginfo.stm

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Project Goals

  • Improve public transit service in southern Sacramento City and County
  • Enhance regional connectivity through expanded, interconnected rapid transit services, including bus and express bus services
  • Accommodate future travel demand in the corridor by expanding modal options
  • Alleviate severe and ever-increasing traffic congestion on State Highway 99
  • Improve regional air quality by reducing auto emissions
  • Improve mobility options to employment, education, medical, retail and entertainment centers for corridor residents, in particular low income, youth, elderly, disabled and ethnic minority populations
  • Support local economic and land use plans and goals

Project History

In 1994 and 1995, RT conducted an Alternatives Analysis/Draft Environmental Impact Study/Draft Environmental Impact Report (AA/DEIS/DEIR) study in order to identify a locally preferred alternative for the south Sacramento region. Seven transit options were evaluated as part of the Alternatives Analysis, including bus, high-occupancy vehicle and rail modes, each with varying alignments and station locations. At the conclusion of the study, the RT Board of Directors selected a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) which consisted of a preferred mode (light rail) and an alignment.The environmental review process for the Blue Line to CRC Project is governed by federal and state regulatory requirements. Under federal guidelines [the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)] and state guidelines [the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)], there are opportunities for the public to provide input on the evaluation of project-related environmental impacts. Because RT conducted a detailed environmental review of the South Line corridor in 1994, the environmental review conducted for Phase 2 was a “supplemental study” to identify any new issues along the corridor that had arisen since the first environmental review was completed. The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (DSEIS/SEIR) examined environmental impacts of both constructing and operating the Phase 2 light rail extension, including impacts to air quality, wildlife, vegetation, water quality, geology, neighborhoods, park/recreation areas, utilities, noise, visual quality and cultural resources.The terminus of the Phase 2 extension was adjusted from Calvine/Auberry to Cosumnes River College in April 2004, after the Federal Transit Administration recommended making certain project changes to improve station access, overall land use and the project’s competitiveness to receive federal funding. The Locally Preferred Alternative specified a light rail extension from downtown Sacramento south to Calvine Road and Auberry Drive (Calvine/Auberry). To address budget constraints and lessen traffic and construction impacts on local citizens, design and construction of the light rail extension was broken into two phases. Phase 1, from downtown Sacramento south of Broadway to Meadowview Road, was completed in Fall 2003 and is currently operational. Phase 2, from Meadowview Road to Cosumnes River College, is in Final Design, the last step before construction.

Environmental Review Process

The environmental review process for the Blue Line to CRC Project is governed by federal and state regulatory requirements. Under federal guidelines [the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)] and state guidelines [the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)], there are opportunities for the public to provide input on the evaluation of project-related environmental impacts. Because RT conducted a detailed environmental review of the South Line corridor in 1994, the environmental review conducted for Phase 2 was a “supplemental study” to identify any new issues along the corridor that had arisen since the first environmental review was completed. The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (DSEIS/SEIR) examined environmental impacts of both constructing and operating the Phase 2 light rail extension, including impacts to air quality, wildlife, vegetation, water quality, geology, neighborhoods, park/recreation areas, utilities, noise, visual quality and cultural resources.

Alignment and Station Location Map

The map at left illustrates the proposed alignment and station locations of the Blue Line to CRC Project as currently proposed.

Public Outreach

To ensure that the issues most important to Sacramento residents, public agencies and other affected parties are considered and addressed, RT hosted a series of meetings and information sessions to collect public input.The first round of public outreach related to the Blue Line to CRC Project included several scoping meetings held in the spring of 2002. The purpose of the scoping process was to identify public and agency issues, focus the scope of the environmental document and define the issues that were examined in the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SDEIS/SDEIR). RT held two evening public scoping meetings at two different locations to encourage public participation. A third scoping meeting was held for agency staff to ensure that potential impacts to utility lines, transportation systems and the environment are addressed.

Comments from all three scoping meetings were summarized and provided to the study team for consideration in the DSEIS/SEIR document.

Additional public outreach included two open house meetings held in the spring of 2003 and two public open house meetings related to project changes (including establishing the Phase 2 terminus at Cosumnes River College and improving pedestrian access to the station locations) held in November 2004. An informational public meeting was held on January 3, 2007, to provide a final update to residents on the project before releasing the DSEIS/SEIR. A public hearing was held on March 12, 2007, at an RT Board Meeting to receive public comment on the DSEIS/DSEIR.

Documents & Reports

2008 SUPPLEMENTAL FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT/SUBSEQUENT
FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT:

April 18, 2007 Public Meeting Flyer

March 12, 2007 Public Meeting:

January 3, 2007 Public Meeting:

SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT/SUBSEQUENT
DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT:

RT Board Meeting/Public Hearing March 12, 2007 Notice (PDF, 368 KB)
Public Meeting Presentation at CRC January 03, 2007 (PDF, 4.5 MB)
South Sacramento Corridor Phase 2 Project Fact Sheet  (Word Doc, 1.6 MB)
CRC Meeting January 3, 2007 Brochure  (PDF, 1.7 MB)
Presentation to North Laguna Creek Neighborhood Association (PDF, 6.7 MB)
Presentation to RT Board of Directors – November 14, 2005 (PDF, 3.7 MB)
Fall 2004 Open House Meetings Summary Report (Word Doc, 592 KB)
Light Rail Systems and Crime Reduction Fact Sheet (PDF, 64 KB)
Light Rail Systems and Property Values Fact Sheet (PDF, 64 KB)
Fall 2004 Open House Presentation  (PDF, 4.3 MB)
Fall 2004 Open House Exhibit Boards Not included in Presentation (PDF, 804 KB)
SSCP2 Alignment as of November 2004  (PDF, 196 KB)
Fall 2004 Open House Meeting Announcement (PDF, 276 KB)
Spring 2003 Open House Meetings Summary Report (PDF, 216 KB)
Spring 2003 Open House Meeting Announcement (PDF, 532KB)
2003 Open House Exhibit Boards (PDF, 5.3 MB)
Please note: The above linked exhibits are preliminary and are subject to change
Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (PDF, 36 KB)
Federal Register, Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (PDF, 52KB)
Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (PDF, 24 KB)
Public Participation Methodology Report (PDF, 116 KB)
Scoping Booklet (PDF, 212 KB)
Project Overview Presentation (PDF, 384 KB)
Public Scoping Summary Report (PDF, 188 KB)

Project Updates
March 2005 Project Update (PDF, 104 KB)
Summer 2002 Newsletter (PDF, 972 KB)

 Visit the Project Repository Sites

A repository of project materials is available for review at three sites. The repositories contain all public documents generated during the project. However, large project maps and larger technical documents will only be available at the RT Administration Office repository. Site locations are:RT Administration Office: 1400 29th Street
Sacramento Public Library (Main Branch): 828 I Street
Valley Hi-North Laguna Public Library: 7400 Imagination Parkway (across from Cosumnes River College’s Bruceville Road entrance)