RT light-rail expansion gets funding to move forward

Construction on the South Line Phase 2 light-rail extension project is expected to begin early next year following a commitment by the federal government to partially fund the 4.3-mile project.

The Federal Transit Administration finalized a funding agreement with Sacramento Regional Transit District, which allows the project to move forward, Congresswoman Doris Matsui announced Wednesday.

The $270 million project extends the Blue Line from the current terminus at Meadowview Road to Cosumnes River College and adds four new stations and a 2,000-space parking garage.

“As Sacramento and Cosumnes River College continue to grow, this expansion will improve our transportation infrastructure, linking one of the fastest-growing parts of Sacramento County to light-rail services,” Matsui said in a statement. “This is an example of how federal and local governments can work together to improve the lives of thousands of Sacramento residents.”

The project is set to be completed by September 2015 and is expected to generate 2,210 new transit trips on an average weekday.

Construction has already begun on several projects associated with the project, including a five-story parking structure at the Cosumnes River College Station that features 2,000 spaces, rooftop solar and electric-vehicle charging stations. The parking structure is set to be completed next spring.

Also under construction are two light-rail bridges, one over the Union Pacific railroad tracks at the confluence of Union House and Morrison creeks and the other near the college at the Bruceville Road and Cosumnes River Boulevard intersection. Work on the bridges is expected to wrap up by April 2014.

“This project will bring much-needed jobs to our community and a transportation option that will benefit the entire Sacramento region,” City Councilwoman Bonnie Pannell said in a news release. Pannell also is chairwoman for the RT Board of Directors.

Mike Wiley, general manager and CEO for the Sacramento Regional Transit District, said Matsui has been a “true champion” of the project for years.

“Without her tireless efforts and work with the FTA we would not be where we are today,” Wiley said.

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Source : Bizjournal

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