Green Line to the River District
SacRT’s Green Line to the River District project was the first phase of the Green Line to the Airport light rail extension project. It opened in June of 2012. It extended light rail 1.1 miles north to Richards Boulevard and 7th Street at the Township 9 development, connecting downtown Sacramento to the River District. The project included two new light rail stations: 8th & H/County Center Station and 7th & Richards/Township 9 Station.
The Green Line to the River District operates as an independent circulator, connecting to existing tracks south of H Street and operating through downtown Sacramento to the 13th Street light rail station. It provides a key transit link from the Railyards and Township 9 – two major development projects – to downtown Sacramento. It also provided public investment in a corridor identified for redevelopment, which has led to needed private investment, and provided immediate benefits to existing businesses along the corridor. This MOS-1 was constructed entirely with local funding and did not involve any federal dollars. It demonstrated RT’s commitment to deliver a locally-funded project that supports the Sacramento region’s Blueprint Principles by linking transit service to future development and promoting patterns of smart growth.