to link campus with light rail on track
RIDE—Plans are underway to provide more convenient
campus access for faculty, staff and students who ride
Light Rail. A proposed bus rapid transit, or BRT, like
the one pictured above would transport visitors to and
from the 65th St. Light Rail station on a loop with
a number of stops on campus.
campus community is open to getting on campus without a car,
according to preliminary results of a transportation survey—and
campus efforts to provide a key solution are on track.
the more than 2,500 faculty, staff and students who responded
to a University Enterprises survey in the spring, 53 percent
said they would ride light rail to or from campus if there
was a convenient street car option between the station and
campus, says Matt Altier, vice president for capital planning
and resource development and executive director of University
Enterprises. To meet that need, plans are underway to develop
a transportation system to link the 65th Street light rail
station with the University with various stops on the campus
The new system would be a bus rapid transit, or BRT, similar
to one used at the University of Oregon. The BRT looks much
like a light rail car but doesn’t require the rail system,
making it about half as expensive to construct. The BRT has
rubberized wheels and usually runs on a designated concrete
or asphalt travel way but can also run on a regular roadway.
plans call for the BRT loop to go from the Light Rail station,
along 65th St., through the Hornet Crossing tunnel, and continue
along State University Drive. The campus loop would circle
the campus interior to serve all major destinations, such
as the residence halls, Hornet Bookstore, the University Union,
the Library, Hornet Stadium, the Alumni Center and the future
Recreation, Wellness and Events Center. Eventually, it will
also make a stop at the faculty-staff village as part of the
City of Sacramento’s plan to extend Ramona Avenue.
BRT can hold as many as 40 passengers and Altier says he anticipates
having three to four BRTs in service at a time so that it
will run every five to seven minutes. Of those survey respondents
who said they would consider using the proposed street car
system, 91 percent indicated that frequency/availability would
be a major factor and 70 said time savings would be a major
than half the survey respondents indicated they are considering
a switch to another method of transportation: 28 percent are
considering the bus and 35 percent are considering Light Rail.
Lisa Hall, director of planning and resource development for
University Enterprises, says those numbers would likely be
much higher today because the survey was taken in the spring
before the completion of Light Rail service to Folsom and
before the most recent spikes in gasoline prices.
preliminary findings from the campus transportation survey
percent of responses came from students.
Only 10 percent of respondents currently ride Light Rail
and of those 90 percent use the 65th St. station.
Fewer than 20 percent of respondents said they leave campus
during the day for lunch or errands.
58 percent of survey respondents drive to campus alone every
time. Of those who drive 72 percent say they do because
it is convenient. Only 33 percent said it is the only type
of transportation available to them.
those who don’t drive to campus, 55 percent say it
is because parking is too hard to find and 48 percent say
the cost of parking is too high.
Enterprises is pursuing the potential for a SACOG (Sacramento
Area Council of Governments) grant for design and engineering
funding for the project. Altier says they also plan to look
at federal and state program funding opportunities. If the
funding is made available and project planning continues on
target, the new system could be up and running in two to three
students can ride Regional Transit light rail and buses for
free by showing their One Card. Faculty and staff can buy
passes for $10 per six-month period (January-June and July-December.)
more information, contact University Enterprises at 278-7001.
For information on commute choices and RT passes, visit the
University Transportation and Parking Services website at