Streetcars Coming Back?

They once ran all over Sacramento and this story from the Sacramento Bee that the Kings will help jump start a new line, is great news.

An excerpt.

The Sacramento Kings have agreed to pay $500,000 to help launch a downtown streetcar line as part of a landmark deal with Caltrans to reduce traffic tie-ups that an arena is expected to cause on local freeways, state and city officials say.

The tentative agreement, brokered by the city, represents the first of several potential “environmental mitigation” costs the basketball team is likely to incur as it builds a $448 million arena in Downtown Plaza.

Caltrans officials said the arrangement sets a precedent they want to see replicated throughout the region, where developers pay traffic improvement fees to help keep local freeways from being overburdened by growth. Under California environmental law, developers must take reasonable steps to reduce the negative impacts their projects cause, including traffic, pollution and noise.

Caltrans district chief Jody Jones said her agency has agreed to let the city use the Kings’ fee to help kick-start a long-planned streetcar line because it would help disperse freeway traffic on event nights.

Retrieved February 3, 2014 from

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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