California’ Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) recognized a significant milestone with the celebration of the Light Rail Modernization Project and groundbreaking ceremony for Folsom 15-minute light rail service.
The groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction for the passing track near Glenn/Robert G. Holderness Station, a pivotal step in enhancing the transit experience for Folsom area riders.
Upon completion, the new passing track will allow for 15-minute light rail service frequency, compared to 30-minutes today, for Hazel, Iron Point, Glenn/Robert G. Holderness, and Historic Folsom stations. Also, the new low-floor light rail trains will begin service along the Gold Line.
“As we embark on this transformative journey, we recognize the temporary disruptions and inconvenience this may cause our riders,” said SacRT GM/CEO Henry Li. “We are working diligently to streamline the construction process and provide alternative transit options to mitigate any inconvenience for our valued passengers.”
The Light Rail Modernization Project, including the addition of new low-floor trains and station platform modifications, underscores SacRT’s commitment to sustainable, state-of-the-art public transportation solutions.
New Gold Line Trains
SacRT is currently in the testing process for 17 new low-floor trains, which were built at Siemens Mobility in south Sacramento. SacRT has an order for 36 trains with the option to purchase up to 76.
SacRT has also been actively modifying station platforms along the Gold Line to meet the height requirements of the new low-floor trains. The trains are expected to be in service on the Gold Line by summer 2024.