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Shuttle will ferry Roseville fans to Sacramento Kings games at new arena

Arena occupies historic site in the center of Sacramento

Golden 1 Center opens in a spot Sacramento has tried to revive for six decades -- ever since demolishing the multi-racial neighborhood that once stood there.
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Golden 1 Center opens in a spot Sacramento has tried to revive for six decades -- ever since demolishing the multi-racial neighborhood that once stood there.

Sacramento Kings fans from Roseville will have an alternative to driving to Golden 1 Center and searching for a place to park.

In an effort to alleviate traffic congestion, the Roseville City Council voted last week to provide shuttle bus service from downtown Roseville to a spot near the new arena in downtown Sacramento. The actual spot near Golden 1 Center is still being finalized.

The Game Day Express will run only during Kings games, starting with the first regular-season home game Oct. 27 vs. the San Antonio Spurs. But if the service proves popular, city officials said they’ll consider running the shuttles for other Golden 1 events.

Round-trip bus fare will be $15 for those paying on the spot. Advance tickets will be $12 for adults and $9 for youths ages 3 to 18. Kids under 3, sitting on a parent’s lap, will ride for free. One or two buses will run, depending on demand. The buses seat 38 passengers apiece.

Advance tickets will go on sale in October at the Roseville Transit website, at www.roseville.ca.us/transportation/roseville_transit.

The shuttle will pick fans up at the bus stop on Vernon Street, near the Civic Center in downtown Roseville. Departure times will be announced.

Yolobus is also planning to take passengers to Golden 1 Center. It plans to rejigger its routes to get Woodland, Davis and other Yolo residents downtown and home again, no matter how late the games or shows run. But it’s tricky because Sacramento is likely to close some streets around the arena on some event nights.

Yolo officials say they will bring buses into the West Sacramento transit center, then send frequent free shuttles into downtown Sacramento, stopping a few blocks from the arena.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler

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