The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) was awarded a $13 million grant from the California Transportation Commission (CTC) that will be used for two major projects.
The first project will use $8 million to fund the replacement of SacRT’s outdated fare vending machines and to install a second information sign on all light rail platforms. Many of the existing fare vending machines only accept cash and coin. The new machines will allow passengers to pay with credit, debit and the region's new transit smart card.
“SacRT really appreciates the partnership with one of its major funding partners, the CTC, as these funds are urgently needed,” remarked SacRT General Manager/CEO Henry Li. “With these state funds, we are looking forward to providing state-of-the-art amenities to our customers. The timing is perfect as we just rolled out our new Connect Card, and these updated machines will ensure that smart card technology is available to everyone, whether they are using cash or credit.”
SacRT will also use $5 million of the grant for the relocation of a traction power substation that is currently located on land owned by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, which plans to open a new substation. SacRT will no longer be able to maintain its substation on the current easement and must move the substation by the end of summer 2018.