You’ll soon have a shorter wait to catch a Sacramento light-rail train on weekends

Light-rail riders will soon have a shorter wait to grab a train on weekends.

Sacramento Regional Transit announced Thursday that beginning Sunday, light-rail service will increase from 30-minute intervals to 15 minutes between pickup times during busier travel hours.

“By offering more frequent service on the weekends, people will be able to travel to their destinations as safely and quickly as possible,” General Manager and CEO for Sacramento RT Henry Li said in a news release.

The new 15-minute intervals will run from approximately 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays, RT said.

The announcement noted that all other times on weekends and holidays as well as service to Folsom stations will continue to run every 30 minutes. RT recommends checking for specific schedule changes before heading out to catch a train.

Other changes RT has made recently include longer service hours to Folsom light rail stations, lower fares and transfer ticket prices, and reduced fees for student monthly passes.

Many of these changes reflect RT’s efforts to combat a decline in ridership since its peak shortly before the recession more than a decade ago.

A longtime writer with a history of local professional and student reporting experience, Sacramento Bee reporter and digital specialist Daniel Wilson recently earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Sacramento State.