Sacramento, California/South LRT Extension
South LRT Extension
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 as well as to corresponding available operating funds. Phase 1 is a 6.3-mile Minimum Operable Segment (MOS) of the full project. The MOS would provide service between downtown Sacramento and Meadowview Road and is expected to capture 25,000 daily trips by the year 2015. The estimated capital cost of the MOS is $222.0 million (escalated dollars).
A Major Investment Study/Alternatives Analysis/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project was completed in September 1994. The preferred alternative was selected in March 1995. The Final EIS was completed in February 1997. In March 1997, FTA issued a Record of Decision for the South Corridor MOS. In June 1997, FTA and RT entered into a Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) committing $111.2 million in Section 5309 New Starts funds for final design and construction. The final design phase of the project began in July 1997. Construction began in November 1999 and revenue service is projected to begin in September 2003. RT expects to begin preliminary engineering for the next segment (Phase 2) as soon as additional operating funds can be identified and secured.
TEA-21 Section 3030 (a)(71) authorized the South Sacramento Corridor for final design and construction. Through FY 2001, Congress has appropriated $110.86 million in Section 5309 New Starts funds for the project of which $76.0 million is covered under the FFGA.