Streetcar project gets a bump up


West Sac officials are now in Washington, D.C., to gather support for local flood projects and other local priorities —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon reported yesterday that the Sacramento/West Sacramento streetcar project has hit a milestone in the process of earning federal funding.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (News-Ledger file photo)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
(News-Ledger file photo)

“I just got word we’re approved to move into ‘project development’ for the streetcar,” said Cabaldon. “We’re now a ‘federal project.’ It’s not approved yet as a final project.”

Among other things, the new status means that money spent by the two cities can be counted later towards a required “local match” of dollars for the streetcar system.

The first phase of the streetcar line is envisioned to send one spur across the bridge down the middle of West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento, terminating at city hall and the transit center at the 1100-block of the street. City officials would like to later extend the spur further west on West Capitol. They’d also like to add a north-south branch that might stretch (tentatively) from the CalSTRS and ziggurat buildings in the north down into Southport, said Cabaldon.

The first phase of the line would wind through downtown Sacramento, with stops near the planned new arena, the railyards, downtown and midtown.

Planners hope to open the line in 2017.

“We have a lot of work to do yet,” Cabaldon told the News-Ledger. “We identified the 2017 timeline about a year ago, and all the ducks are lined up.”

Cabaldon reported the news from amid the annual “Capital to Capital” trip, in which leaders from all around the Sacramento area drop in on federal officials in Washington, D.C., to talk about local priorities.

The West Sacramento delegation this year includes city council members Beverly Sandeen andChris Ledesma, city manager Martin Tuttle and department head Mike Luken. Local county supervisor Oscar Villegas and officials from the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce are also making the trip.

Their lobbying priorities include continuing the work on getting partners for local flood control projects and for planned construction of new bridges across the river at I Street and Broadway, said the mayor.

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