Sacramento Regional Transit riders will be able to go a little farther on the blue line in two years - 4.3 miles will be added as part of a $270 million transit project.
The blue line will extend to Cosumnes River College with four new light rail stations at Morrison Creek, Franklin, Center Parkway and Cosumnes River College. A transit center, where riders can board buses going to other cities such as Elk Grove, at the college and 2,700 park-and-ride spaces will also be added by September 2015.
"It's a very exciting, huge project," said Alane Masui, of marketing and communications for RT.
RT will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the start of blue line construction today at 10 a.m. at the future site of the Franklin Station, which will be west of the intersection of Franklin Boulevard and Cosumnes River Boulevard. Confetti canons shooting large ribbons will be used to show the alignment of the track, according to Masui. Masui also advises against wearing high heels and open-toe shoes as the site is still gravely.
The list of speakers includes Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, Assemblymember Richard Pan, Elk Grove City Councilmember Patrick Hume and Supervisor of Sacramento County Don Nottoli, Sacramento City Councilmember Bonnie Pannell and RT General Manager Mike Wiley.
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