FTA to Aid Sacramento Streetcar Plan

FTA-image“The FTA just green-lighted us to enter project development,” West Sacramento Mayor Chris Cabaldon told local California media Tuesday, May 6, 2014, addressing them in Washington, D.C. “We are now officially a federal project.”

The development mitigates previous unsuccessful attempts by West Sacramento to secure federal funds for the project. No FTA funding has been pledged yet, but FTA’s willingness to assist the project is viewed as a major positive development.

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Feds Give Sacramento Streetcar the Green Light

sacSacramento’s plans for a downtown streetcar line got a major boost Tuesday when the Federal Transit Administration announced it is willing to work with local officials on project development – a first step toward federal funding.

“The FTA just green-lighted us to enter project development,” West Sacramento Mayor Chris Cabaldon said, speaking from Washington, D.C., where he and other local officials are conducting an annual lobbying effort for a variety of local projects. “We are now officially a federal project.”

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Downtown / Riverfront Streetcar Rolls On

streetcar-projOn March 21, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) submitted a letter to the Federal Transit Administration Regional Administrator asking for permission to enter the Small Starts Project Development (PD).

If this request is granted, dollars spent going forward on the project would count toward the region’s portion of funds that it needs to match to receive up to $75 million (one-half of the total anticipated cost) for development of the Downtown Riverfront Streetcar Project.

The FTA is expected to provide a reply within thirty days of the request.

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Video: A Streetcar Named Sacramento

West Sacramento Mayor Chris Cabaldon and Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Cohn talk with host Scott Syphax about a goal of reintroducing a streetcar system to serve as another component of the region’s transportation system.

Play the video below or click “Watch a Streetcar Name Sacramento” to watch on KVIE’s website.

Streetcar System nearly funded for Planning

IMG_3593With a last allocation of money from the Sacramento City Council coming Tuesday night, the funding necessary for comprehensive planning for a streetcar line between downtown and West Sacramento is in place.

The council’s consent agenda calls for approval for $1.5 million from a city fund being put toward project development for the streetcar, money that would get to an overall $12 million goal.

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Congresswoman Matsui Leads Day Trip to Portland with Sacramento Leaders

Photo Feb 21, 4 22 00 PMTrain passengers have been lamenting the longer walk and lack of parking at the downtown depot since the city moved the train platforms a few hundred feet north of the depot to make room for future development. Some riders have stopped taking the train. In response, city officials now say they might use part of the empty development site for temporary parking and a drop-off area nearer the platforms.

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Sacramento Kings pay $500,000 to support Streetcar Line

Sac Bee MapThe Sacramento Kings have agreed to pay $500,000 to help launch a downtown streetcar line as part of a landmark deal with Caltrans to reduce traffic tie-ups that an arena is expected to cause on local freeways, state and city officials say.

The tentative agreement, brokered by the city, represents the first of several potential “environmental mitigation” costs the basketball team is likely to incur as it builds a $448 million arena in Downtown Plaza.

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Cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento host Portland Streetcar, Inc for a Business Roundtable Discussion with local property and business owners

IMG_1839More than a half-century after streetcars disappeared from local thoroughfares, leaders in Sacramento and West Sacramento want to bring them back to help reshape downtown as a more convenient and vibrant place to live, work and play. But to do it, they likely will need financial help from hundreds of property owners.

Will downtown business interests, only now recovering from the recession, buy into the trolley idea, especially if they are asked to dig into their own pocketbooks? The answer depends on whether they decide streetcars really would be a boon for downtown, or whether they see the idea as too trendy and costly.

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A Streetcar bound for Atlanta runs on the Green Line in Downtown Sacramento in a Streetcar Showcase

DSCN0378SACRAMENTO – A streetcar eventually bound for Atlanta hit the streets of downtown Sacramento Friday on light rail tracks to offer a preview of whatproposed streetcar service might look like.

As opposed to Sacramento Light Rail, which uses larger trains designed for longer trips into the suburbs, streetcars would be smaller vehicles making frequent stops in the urban core.

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