Transit Center Plans Get Federal Funds

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Sacramento is getting $130 Million as part of the recently approved federal transportation bill.

Much of that will go for road improvements but at a press conference yesterday, Mayor Heather Fargo said the most significant project is the Intermodal Transportation Facility. "This is the City of Sacramento’s highest transportation priority.This intermodal is the centerpiece for the redevelopment of the railyards."

The city wants to eventually turn the 240 acre Union Pacific railyard site near 5th and I Streets into an urban village mixing housing with business and office space.

Congresswoman Doris Matsui said the intermodal will link Amtrak trains with Regional Transit’s light-rail and bus system. "The city is truly in the midst of a transformation. Having the intermodal, the transportation hub, will make it easier for Sacramentans and visitors to arrive in the city and be able to use all the different forms of public transportation."

The new federal transportation bill will also help pay for rebuilding the I-5 – Richards Boulevard interchange and reconstructing Highway 50 at the Watt Avenue interchange.