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.