Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we need a streetcar connecting West Sacramento and Sacramento? Practice and research find that rail transit attracts more riders and serves as a greater development catalyst than a bus system. Developers and homebuyers are assured of the system’s permanence, thus stimulating greater private sector investment. For example, the streetcar’s return on the national scene has been dramatic as an urban circulator and economic development catalyst. Projects across the country have delivered hundreds of millions of dollars in private development investment for the communities they serve. A streetcar will attract more people to the riverfront and serve the new development located there.
How is streetcar different than light rail? Light rail transports commuters throughout the region, while streetcars typically serve riders within a concentrated area. Light rail is commuter-serving with few stops, and the streetcar is community-serving with shorter trips and more frequent stops - every two to four blocks. The streetcar system is great for trips that are too far to walk and too close to drive.
How does streetcar compare in cost to light rail? Typically, streetcar systems are one-third to one-half the cost of a comparable light rail system.
What types of activities would the streetcar be used for, and where would it go? Streetcars can be used to serve a variety of different purposes and destinations, such as riding from your workplace or home to a restaurant, retail shop, entertainment or sports event, public park or a colleague’s office for a meeting. Part of the Streetcar Feasibility Study is to identify the public’s preferred destinations, which will help determine the route.
What are the key findings of the draft environmental document? According to the environmental study, the Downtown-Riverfront Streetcar provides an “Environmentally Superior Alternative.” Click here for a summary of key findings
For a full downloadable report, visit the “documentation” link on the left.