SacRT Seeks Public Input for World-Class Transit System
April 17, 2017 – The effort to develop a new generation network for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) has officially been launched. The first stakeholder public input meeting was held earlier this month, and nearly a dozen community workshops are planned for April and May. It’s all part of a new route optimization study, now coined “SacRT Forward,” which seeks to create a world-class transit system that is reflective of today’s travel patterns.
“Our transit system has not seen a route redesign in 30 years and travel patterns in the region have changed substantially since then,” said SacRT General Manager Henry Li. “SacRT Forward will take a blank slate approach in creating a new network that will focus on connectivity with light rail as well as service frequency, and bus routing that takes customers to destinations where they want to travel to.”
SacRT Forward will have variety of community involvement components, including two stakeholder meetings, SacRT Board workshops and nearly a dozen community events where planners will solicit input from current riders and potential riders alike. “We want everyone’s feedback in this process so that we can come up with the best transit network possible,” said SacRT Board Chair and Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chair Patrick Kennedy. “Our vision is to create a state-of-the art transit system that features new low-floor light rail trains along with excellent bus connectivity and reliability. We have made great strides in the last two years improving SacRT’s service, and now we look forward to the next round of changes as we strive to develop an exceptional transit network in the growing Sacramento region.”
There are 11 opportunities for Sacramento residents to learn more about the 15-month long project. SacRT’s planning and outreach teams will be out in force during the months of April and May seeking public input during a series of pop-up workshops. Below are a list of upcoming public workshops that residents are invited to stop by and comment on the project.
- Saturday, April 21: Sunrise Mall Farmer’s Market, Citrus Heights (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
- Sunday, April 22: Sacramento Earth Day, Southside Park, Sacramento (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Tuesday, April 24: Cosumnes River College Light Rail Station, Sacramento (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
- Thursday, April 26: 16th Street Light Rail Station, Sacramento (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Saturday, April 28: Kids Day in the Park, Hagan Park, Rancho Cordova (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
- Tuesday, May 1: Mather Field/Mills Light Rail Station, Rancho Cordova (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Thursday, May 3: Florin/Sears Store Farmers’ Market, Florin Towne Centre, Sacramento (8 a.m. to noon)
- Tuesday, May 8: Watt/I-80 Light Rail Station, Sacramento (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Saturday, May 12: Healthy Kids Day, Golden 1 Center, Sacramento (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
- Saturday, May 19: Community Carnival, Jefferson School Park, North Natomas (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Participants will be asked to provide feedback on ways SacRT might be able to redesign its bus routes given available resources. This means individuals will be asked to prioritize their preferences, and in many cases determine which trade-offs they prefer in order to remain revenue neutral. Another series of workshops will be held in the fall to evaluate two proposed networks, that will be developed by the SacRT Forward planning team based upon community and stakeholder input.
SacRT is working with Jarrett Walker & Associates to help develop two network proposals for community review. The first network redesign will offer a revenue neutral proposal, while the second proposal will feature a route design that presupposes increased funding levels. Both proposals will be available for community review in winter 2018.
The SacRT Board of Directors will be participating in a SacRT Forward workshop during a rescheduled special board meeting at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 23, at the McGeorge School of Law Lecture Hall, located at 3227 5th Avenue, Sacramento. The meeting, which is open to the public, is accessible by bus routes 51, 67 and 68.
SacRT Forward’s Public Information Plan is posted on sacrt.com along with additional details about the route optimization study.
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