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Streetcar Study

Streetcar Study

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2011 feasibility study on streetcars in Sacramento
2011 feasibility study on streetcars in Sacramento

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Published by: melissacorker on Mar 01, 2012
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Eileen Teichert, City AttorneyShirley Concolino, City ClerkRussell Fehr, City Treasure
John F. Shirey, City Manager 
City of SacramentoCity Council
915 I Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814www.CityofSacramento.org
Meeting Date
Report Type:
Title: Sacramento Streetcar Planning StudyReport ID:
Pass a Resolution: 1) accepting the Sacramento Streetcar Planning Study ascomplete; and 2) endorsing the Study process and conclusions.
Fedolia “Sparky” Harris, Senior Planner, (916) 808-2996; Hector Barron, City TrafficEngineer, (916)808-2669, Transportation Department; Denise Malvetti, Senior Project Manager,(916) 808-7064, Economic Development Department
Fedolia “Sparky” Harris, Senior Planner, (916) 808-2996, Transportation Department;Denise Malvetti, Senior Project Manager, (916) 808-7064, Economic Development Department
Transportation Department
Traffic Engineering Division
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 _________________________________________________________________________ City Attorney Review
Approved as to FormJerry Hicks2/6/2012 4:22:38 PM
City Treasurer Review
Reviewed for Impact on Cash and DebtRussell Fehr 1/24/2012 6:07:09 PM
Department Directoror Designee: Jerry Way -1/31/2012 11:07:35 AM
In 2006, the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento, SacramentoRegional Transit and Yolo County Transportation District entered into aMemorandum of Understanding with the goal of establishing a regional streetcar line. The four partner agencies worked together between 2006 and 2010 tocomplete the Downtown/Riverfront Streetcar Feasibility Study and the finalEnvironmental Impact Report under CEQA. Concerns with the alignment on theSacramento side of the river and the funding proposal surfaced late in theprocess. In an effortto refine the alignmentin the City of Sacramento and toaddress the funding concerns, the City of Sacramentoembarked on theSacramento Streetcar Planning Study (Study)in early 2011. The resultsof theStudy area streetcar network in Sacramento’s Central City and surroundingdestinations and a preferred Starter Line that links the cities of Sacramento andWest Sacramento to the future Intermodal facility, West Sacramento CivicCenter, all majorDowntown Sacramento hotels, the State Capitol and Midtownand Downtown’s shopping, dining and entertainment establishmentsresults alsoinclude adiscussion of the funding options available to construct and operate thesystem.Staff is seeking approval from City Council on the proposed networkandtheinitial starter line.
Policy Considerations:
This project is in accordance with the City OperatingPrinciples of promoting safety and enhancing livability. This project is consistentwiththe Sacramento 2030 General Plangoalto provide expanded transportationchoices to improve the ability to travel efficiently and safely to destinationsthroughout the city and region(Goal M 1.2 Multimodal System). The projectspecifically follows the 2030 General Plan policy to support thedevelopment of streetcar lines in the Central City andother multi-modal districts (Policy M 3.1.14)
Environmental Considerations:CaliforniaEnvironmental Quality Act (CEQA):
The acceptance for filing of the reportandendorsement of the study process and conclusionsdo notconstitute a projectas defined in the California Environmental Quality Act(CEQA) asit can be seen with certainty that the proposed action would notcause any significant effect on the environment. (Public Resources Codesection 21065; CEQA Guidelines section 15378). The next phase of streetcar planning would include environmental analysis of alternatives to satisfy bothCEQA and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Sustainability Considerations:
This project isconsistent withSustainabilityMaster Plan goal to reduce dependence on the private automobile by workingwith community partners to provide efficient and accessible public transit andtransit supportive land uses.
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Commission/Committee Action:
The Downtown/Riverfront Streetcar PolicySteering Committee(PSC)meton January 25, 2012. No formal actionwas taken bythe PSC but there was general consensus on the study results including the overallstreetcar network and the initial route.
Rationale for Recommendation:
An extensive network of streetcars operated inthe City of Sacramento for nearly 80 years between 1870 and 1947 providing accessto jobs, housing, and entertainment in the downtown area and the first-ring suburbs.A concerted effort by automobile companies and related industries led to the demiseof streetcars in Sacramento and throughout the country. Modern electric streetcarsare a clean efficient mode of travel that expands mobility options and has been aproven economic development engine for property value enhancement and sales taxgeneration. The City of Sacramento has completed thisinitial study to support thereintroduction of streetcars, to identify a logical network of streetcar routes, and toidentify the logical first line. Approving the recommendations above will validate thestudy conclusions as the basis for further analysis and allow the project to moveforward in the Federal Transit Planning and Project Development Process in order toestablish eligibility for federal funding in the future.
Financial Considerations:
A mix of funding from multiple federal, state, and localsources would be required toimplement the starter line project. The most likely sourceof significant federal funds for the streetcar is competitive grantprograms. The SmallStarts program administered by the Federal Transit Administration(FTA) is the primarysource suggested for the City of Sacramento.For further funding information, seeProject Funding in Background.
Emerging Small Business Development (ESBD):
None, since no goods or servicesare being procured with the recommendedactions.

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