The Sacramento Regional Transit District’s (RT) Green Line to the Airport project will extend light rail approximately 13 miles north from downtown Sacramento and the River District to the Natomas communities and the Sacramento International Airport.
The goals of the Green Line project include:
- Provide a safe, convenient and affordable alternative for traveling between downtown Sacramento, south and north Natomas
- Provide a connection directly to the region’s major intermodal facility at the Sacramento Valley Station, where bus, light rail and Amtrak commuter rail services provide access to a much larger region
- Alleviate roadway congestion by providing a robust transit network that offers an alternative to automobile travel
- Leverage opportunities for infill and transit oriented development
- Support local and regional efforts to reduce air and greenhouse gas emissions
The Green Line is a major transportation project with many components and will be constructed in phases. The Green Line to the River District (Phase 1 of the Green Line to the Airport) was completed and opened to the public in June 2012. This first phase extended light rail 1.1 miles north from downtown Sacramento to Richards Boulevard and 7th Street at the Township 9 development. It included two new stations: 8th & H/County Center Station and 7th & Richards/Township 9 Station.
Future improvements for the Green Line to the Airport light rail extension project are being planned and studied in several key project areas along the corridor: Sacramento Valley Station, the American River Bridge Crossing, south Natomas, north Natomas, and the Sacramento International Airport. The results of these studies, in terms of alignment, station locations and service levels, will be examined and evaluated by RT in an Environmental Impact Report/Study (EIR/EIS). Concurrently, RT will be considering various funding sources to pay for the extension project, including the federal “New Starts” program, which is the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) primary funding program for supporting locally-planned, implemented, and operated transit capital investments.