Watt/I-80 Transit Center Improvement Project Underway

July 15, 2024 General, SacRT in Community
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Light rail and bus riders using the Watt/I-80 Transit Center may notice some changes underway. Construction began on July 15, 2024 on a variety of improvements that will help create a safer, more accessible environment at one of the region’s largest transit hubs.  

The Watt/I-80 Transit Center Improvement Project includes widening of the Watt Avenue Bridge, construction of an open-air stairwell linking Watt Avenue and the transit center, a new bus/pedestrian plaza, improvements to I-80 on-ramps, and upgrades to the portion of the transit center located beneath Watt Avenue. Collectively, these improvements will help attract more riders, accommodate additional bus service from other regional operators, and enhance the overall safety of the transit center.  

Riders can expect temporary modifications in bus service during periods of construction, and drivers commuting to the transit center for bus or light rail service may also experience brief delays due to lane closures. SacRT will provide advance notice prior to any changes affecting bus service or access to the transit center. 

Anticipated Construction Schedule: 

  • July 15 – mid-August 2024: Modification of bus lane at light rail station, no impact to riders. 
  • Mid-July – October 2024: Watt Avenue median replacement, lane closures on Watt Avenue.  
  • August – September 2024: Modification of bus lane at light rail station, bus stops will be moved during construction efforts.  
  • September 2024 – February 2025: Construction on west side of Watt Ave, bus plaza (upper deck on Watt Avenue) and stairs.  
  • December 2024 – March 2025: Construction to south on-ramp, lane and ramp closures expected.  
  • February – September 2025: Construction on west side of Watt Ave, bus plaza and stairs. 
  • March – May 2025: Construction to north on-ramp, lane and ramp closures expected.  
  • September – November 2025: Watt Avenue and on-ramp construction, lane and ramp closures expected.  

The Watt I-80 Transit Center Improvement Project is expected to be completed in early 2026. 

Questions?
Project hotline: 916-566-5221 
Email: WattI80Project@sacrt.com

Master Plan 
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Watt/I-80 Transit Center June 2024

Watt/I-80 Transit Center Improvement Project - Fact Sheet

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