City officials are considering the idea of having Amtrak trains, e-tran buses, and possibly light-rail trains stop at one station in Elk Grove. A feasibility study on this “multi-modal” facility is underway and the city last week hosted an open house on the project.
The Citizen recently spoke to locals about their views on this idea and heard mixed opinions.
This project aims to improve local and regional transportation, reduce congestion and further the city’s economic improvements and developments.
The station could offer a place where Amtrak trains, Regional Transit (RT) light rail trains, e-tran buses, cars, transportation companies such as Uber and Lyft, bicycles and pedestrians would come together.
Elk Grove’s e-tran system currently has buses that travel within the city of Elk Grove and to downtown Sacramento, and has bus connections to the light rail station at Cosumnes River College. Amtrak trains, which extend from Sacramento to Bakersfield, travel through Elk Grove but do not stop there.
A primary partner in this study is the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority, which runs the Amtrak service that currently travels through Elk Grove. Another partner is the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, which assists in obtaining transit funding for a lot of transportation projects in the region.
Also important to the project is a potential arrangement between the Sacramento Regional Transit and the city.
The city is currently considering the following locations for the facility: 1) Adjacent to the railroad tracks, north of Bilby Road; 2) near the intersection of Elk Grove and Franklin boulevards; 3) near the future Elk Grove Civic Center site at Elk Grove and Big Horn boulevards; and 4) near the city’s special waste collection center at Grant Line Road and the railroad tracks.
While standing a short distance from the…