California’s capital is looking to build a light rail line to its international airport. But this may take a while, reports David Lustig.
Planning and building a new light rail line, even with the tacit backing of the majority of citizens, can still involve a complicated and lengthy process to bring it to completion. That is exactly the situation Sacramento Regional Transit District is facing with its proposed Green Line from the city centre to the airport, 21 km to the northwest.
Read the full article at Metro Report – Uniting Sacramento with the World – March 2016.
In December of 2015, the Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) hosted a series of scoping meetings to initiate the formal environmental process for the joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the Green Line to the Airport Extension Project. A total of 247 community members attended the three community scoping meetings held in North Natomas, Downtown Sacramento, and South Natomas.
As part of the environmental review process pursuant to federal and state requirements to engage affected community stakeholders and public agencies early, the purpose of the scoping meetings was to solicit community and public agency input on the issues, impacts, mitigation measures, and alternatives that should be considered in the environmental analysis. Community members were notified about the meetings through a postcard mailed to addresses 500 feet from the proposed alignment, newspaper notices, articles and media coverage, social media posts, flyers and posters at key destinations along the corridor and on RT trains and buses, and email notifications.
The project team received a total of 163 comments from community members who attended the meetings or submitted comments electronically during the scoping period. Public agencies were notified through a Notice of Preparation submitted to the State Office of Planning and Research, State Clearinghouse and Planning Unit, and publication of a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register, both on November 18, 2015. A total of eight state and federal public agencies offered comments. Feedback received will be evaluated by the project team and will help inform the environmental documents.
Regional Transit hosted a series of community open house scoping meetings for the Green Line to the Airport project on December 1 – 3 in North Natomas, Downtown Sacramento, and South Natomas. To learn more about the project and view the materials presented, please click the links below. Check back here for a summary of the meetings and the feedback received.
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NATOMAS — Riding Regional Transit’s rails is fact of life for many around Sacramento.
“Oh, every day. I use it for work … so,” said Madison Hoang.
The system logs 13.5 million passenger trips a year, and Lynn Linzi thought for sure some of her own rides would be among that number long before now.
“When we moved here in 2001, they made it sound like it was coming in three to four years, and we’re still waiting,” she said.
At a Tuesday night project open house, Linzi liked the look she got at the expansion plans she’s been waiting on.
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SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) will host three community open house meetings to share information and receive feedback regarding the Green Line to the Airport light rail extension project. As part of the environmental planning process, the community is invited to share ideas on considerations to be addressed in the draft environmental studies.
To read the full article in the Sac Observer, click here.
The Sacramento Regional Transit District will hold three community meetings this week to discuss extension of light rail’s Green Line to Sacramento International Airport.
As part of the environmental planning process, the community is invited to share ideas about what ought to be addressed in the draft environmental studies.
The project will extend light rail approximately 13 miles from the 7th & Richards/Township 9 station to the airport. The route is close to several planned high-density, mixed-use neighborhoods as well as regional employment and entertainment destinations in downtown Sacramento and the Natomas area, according to an RT news release.
To read the full article in the Sac Bee, please click here
The Green Line to the Airport project is currently entering into the environmental phase. The Notice Of Intent (NOI) to Prepare An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now available on the Federal Registrar. Click here to learn more.
Join the project team and RT for upcoming scoping meetings in your area in December to kick off the environmental process for the Green Line to the Airport project.
Tuesday, December 1
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Natomas Park Elementary School
4700 Crest Drive, Sacramento
Wednesday, December 2
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Downtown Sacramento Public Library
828 I Street, Sacramento
Thursday, December 3
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
South Natomas Community Center
2921 Truxel Road, Sacramento
With the Sacramento Regional Transit’s Green Line serving the community since 2012, future plans aim to better serve surrounding cities as well as students with its extended light rail project.
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