Project Description

General information

The proposed 3.3-mile streetcar alignment would extend from the West Sacramento Civic Center to the Midtown entertainment and retail district in the City of Sacramento. Mixed-use neighborhoods in the Washington Neighborhood (designated as a Transit Priority Area), the Bridge District, and the Railyards Specific Plan Area have been planned around a future high-quality transit system intended to serve these new and emerging employment and residential districts.

Several key destinations within these neighborhoods would be connected by the project, including: Raley Field, home of the Sacramento Rivercats AAA baseball team; the Sacramento Intermodal Transportation Facility in the Railyards Specific Plan area (the largest urban infill project in the country and the planned terminus of the California High-Speed Rail system); the Sacramento Entertainment & Sports Center; the historic Memorial Auditorium; the Sacramento Community Center Theater; the California State Capitol; and the Sacramento Convention Center. The alignment would follow portions of West Capitol Avenue and Tower Bridge Gateway in West Sacramento before crossing Tower Bridge and following portions of Capitol Mall, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 13th, 19th, H, J, K, and L Streets in Sacramento. Streetcar stops (stations) would be spaced every few blocks along the alignment.

The project would include options for two maintenance facility sites: one in West Sacramento in the vicinity of South River Road beneath the US 50/Business I-80 freeway; and one in the City of Sacramento the vicinity of 19th Street beneath the US 50/Business I-80 freeway.

The streetcars would operate in mixed flow traffic without any physical lane separation. The project would be designed to minimize the acquisition of new right-of-way.