About the Presentation
The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) Light Rail Modernization Project moves forward with plans to upgrade its network. The Modernization Project focuses on the “Gold Line” (US 50 corridor) and includes the purchase of 20 new low-floor light rail trains with better accessibility; modification of stations to accommodate the new trains; and construction of a passing track. The additional track allows light rail trains to operate every 15 minutes, between the Sunrise Station and end of the line at the Historic Folsom Station, rather than the existing 30 minutes.
SacRT operates approximately 82 bus routes (fixed-route, dial-a-ride and microtransit); 43 miles of light rail serving 52 stations; and ADA paratransit services all within a 440-square mile service area. SacRT was recently named the 2021 “Outstanding Public Transportation System of the Year” in the category of public transit agencies with more than 4 million but less than 20 million trips. The award is given by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
A glimpse of the “Green Line” extension through Natomas and to Sacramento International Airport is also provided.
Meet Your Presenters
Mr. James Block is SacRT’s Director of Planning. He has over 20 years in the transit industry and currently manages a team of highly skilled planners and directs all short range and long range planning activities for the District. James is currently leading the Zero-Emission Vehicle planning efforts, High Capacity Transit Corridor plans, SmaRT Ride microtransit planning and light rail extensions.
Mr. Craig Norman is SacRT’s Acting Director of Engineering. Prior to this position he was the Principal Systems Engineer and worked with Operations to troubleshoot, identify and implement improvements to the existing train signaling, overhead catenary system, traction power, communication and fare vending system. Mr. Norman works with the City of Sacramento and County of Sacramento to coordinate traffic control signals with grade crossings and in street running of light rail vehicles. He is both a licensed electrical and mechanical engineer in the State of California.
What You Will Learn
By watching this presentation you will gain an understanding of how civil transportation, civil structural, electrical, and mechanical engineers must interact with each other, industry, and their funding partners.