Officials feel better about revised streetcar plan in Sacramento, Calif.

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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Breaking up the GoTriangle light-rail project into phases also means it will take longer to complete.

With a new plan on the table, the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento seem ready to move ahead with a new streetcar line.

An alignment was narrowly approved back in the spring. It was a 1.5-mile route that cut through 3rd street and had just one stop between Sutter Health Park and the Sacramento Valley Station. Officials, however, had reservations about the line. A new proposal has the route starting in Sutter Health Park with stops at Capitol Mall and N Street. From there, it moves into existing light rail lines on 8th Street. The revision will connect commuters from West Sacramento into Sacramento lines.

The change means the project is back to square one even though some work has already started. It needs to be approved by the city councils of Sacramento and West Sacramento. The total cost of the project is $160 million, with the Federal Transit Administration already committing $50 million. West Sacramento has provided $25 million.

The hope is a streetcar system in West Sacramento will lead to extensions as far down as Southport and will help develop the riverfront.

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