Sacramento, California/South Corridor LRT

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South Corridor LRT

Sacramento, California

(November 1998)


The Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) is developing an 11.3-mile light rail project on the Union Pacific right-of-way in the South Sacramento Corridor. RT has elected to synchronize the project to available state and local capital funds and to correspond with available operating funds. Phase 1 is a 6.3-mile minimum operable segment (MOS) of the full project. The segment would operate between downtown Sacramento and Meadowview Road and has been forecast to carry 25,000 trips per day in the year 2015. The estimated capital cost of the MOS is $222.0 million (escalated dollars).


A Major Investment Study/Alternatives Analysis/Draft EIS for the project was completed in September 1994. The preferred alternative was selected in March 1995. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was completed in February 1997. In March 1997, FTA issued a Record of Decision for the South Corridor MOS, and in June 1997, FTA and RT entered into a Full Funding Grant Agreement for $111.2 million in Section 5309 funds for final design and construction. The final design phase of the project began in July 1997. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 1999 and revenue service is projected to begin in September 2003.

RT expects to begin preliminary engineering for Phase 2 as soon as additional operating funds can be secured.

TEA-21 Section 3030 (a)(71) authorizes the South Sacramento Corridor for final design and construction. Through FY 1999, Congress has appropriated $53.46 million in Section 5309 New Start funds for the project of which $51.47 million is covered under the FFGA.

Locally Proposed Financing Plan

(Reported in $YOE)

Proposed Source of Funds Total Funding
Appropriations to Date
Federal: Section 5309 New Starts $111.20 $53.46 million appropriated through FY 1999
State/Local: $110.80


Total: $222.00

Note: Totals may not add due to rounding. Figures reflect an additional $1.98 which was appropriated prior to award of the FFGA and was utilized for planning activities; this brings the total amount of Section 5309 funds for this project to $113.18 million.

South Corridor LRT Map (PDF)