Strong New Ridership Increase on RT with Opening of Golden 1 Center

October 6, 2016 RT News
CONTACT: Susan Bitar DATE: October 6, 2016
OFFICE: 916-556-0300 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CELL: 916-812-0369

SACRAMENTO, CA – Ridership on Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) during the Golden 1 Center Open House increased by 10 times with ridership at 10,000 rides at the five key downtown stations. The first two opening nights of Golden 1 Center also saw significant increases in ridership.

“The opening of Golden 1 Center gave RT a wonderful opportunity to welcome many new riders who were so positive about their riding experience,” said Henry Li, RT General Manager/CEO. “For 18 months, we have been working to transform RT system-wide and are proud to show residents and visitors to the region how clean, safe and convenient it is to ride.”
On the opening two nights of the arena, RT estimates 3,000 people (6,000 trips) used light rail to the Paul McCartney concerts.

“We want the public to know that RT is for everyone,” said Councilmember Jay Schenirer, RT Board Chair. “It’s one of the best ways to get to Golden 1 Center – arrive stress free, and let us do the driving.”

Busy inbound stations were 10th & K (Blue Line from Citrus Heights/Roseville), 9th & K (Blue line from south Sacramento/Elk Grove), and 8th & K (Gold Line from Folsom/ Rancho Cordova).

After the events, busy outbound stations were 9th & K (Blue Line to Citrus Heights/Roseville), 7th & Capitol Station (Blue Line to South Sacramento/Elk Grove), 7th & I County Center Station (Gold Line to Rancho Cordova/Folsom).

Visit www.gosacrt.com for everything you need to know about riding light rail to and from Golden 1 Center. Also, download RideSacRT to buy your fare from your mobile device. By using the app, you can just hop on the train!

About Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT)
RT operates approximately 69 fixed routes and 43 miles of light rail that covers a 418 square-mile service area. Buses and light rail trains operate 365 days a year. RT’s entire bus and light rail system is accessible to the disabled community. RT also provides ADA services through Paratransit Inc.

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