Light rail’s 13th Street station closed for switch replacement

Sacramento Regional Transit's 13th Street light-rail station will be temporarily shut down this weekend to allow for a switch replacement.

The station closed at 7 p.m. Friday and will reopen for the start of service Monday.

A 30-year-old switch is being replaced as part of the system’s maintenance. The aging switch is a critical component as all three of Regional Transit’s light-rail lines operate through the 13th Street station, according to a Regional Transit news release.

During the closure, Blue Line rail service will be temporarily discontinued between the Broadway and the Cathedral Square stations. Gold Line service will be discontinued between the 39th Street and Sacramento Valley stations, and Green Line service will be discontinued between the 13 Street and the 7th and Richards/Township 9 stations.

Buses will transport passengers between the stations during the weekend closure. A detailed bus schedule is available on the Sacramento Regional Transit website, sacrt.com, by clicking on the “RT Rider Alert” link.

During the station closure, no parking will be available in the alley next to the station, the news release said.. Crews are scheduled to work around the clock through the weekend to make sure the switch replacement is completed by Monday.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy