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The first leg of the long-awaited Green Line from downtown to the airport will make its debut Friday at a grand opening celebration.
The Green Line is a 12.8-mile-long project that will eventually connect downtown Sacramento to South and North Natomas and the Sacramento International Airport. This first phase, which opens Friday, is a 1.1-mile segment that extends from downtown at the H and Eighth streets station to the the Township 9 station at Seventh Street and Richards Boulevard in the River District.
In addition to linking the central city to the airport, the Green Line was designed to serve as a key connector to the airport and to the central city for residents in the Natomas area – a part of the city that has seen its population almost quadruple since 2003.
The project broke ground in 2009 and will include 13 light rail stations, a light-duty maintenance facility and seven park-and-ride lots when it is completed, according to the Regional Transit website.
Here is the map of the proposed Green Line from downtown to the Sacramento airport.
RT Light Rail Green Line Map“For the River District, this is going to be a signature station,” Patty Kleinknecht, executive director for The River District, said Tuesday. “We are all about connecting: the river, downtown, the railyards and more. The future of the Green Line is going out to the airport, and this is just one step to get us there.”
The Green Line is funded by a combination of local, state and federal funds that include developer fees, sales tax revenues and federal grants, according to the Regional Transit website. The first segment from downtown to Richards Boulevard/Township 9 was designed and built without federal funds.
The project’s final completion date has not been determined because it depends on when funding becomes available, according to the website.
The grand opening event Friday begins with a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. hosted by the Sacramento Regional Transit District, followed by a lunchtime celebration with food, live entertainment, community booths and prize drawings, according to a press release.
The inaugural Green Line train will arrive at the Township 9 station at 11 a.m.
For more information about the Green Line, go the Sacramento Regional Transit website.
Editorial note: The article has been corrected to relfect that the first phase of the Green Line extends from the H and Eighth streets station to the Township 9 station.