Below is the slideshow of the Sacramento Regional Transit Master Plan from the presentation given to the Sacramento Regional Transit board of directors executive committee workshop on March 2. This is a preview of what to expect on April 13, when the final plan will be presented to the board.
There's a line on slide No. 4 that says it all for me: "Moving transit from 'lifeline to lifestyle'."
Once upon a time, planners looked at transportation as roads and bigger roads and giant roads. Do you suppose we've finally reached a point where transportation planning can include a prominent place for transit and the concept of complete streets illustrated on slides 32 to 34?
The final slide shows what the region would get with this vision and what it would cost.
I would be more than willing to pay an extra half-cent sales tax and $180 a year in property taxes in exchange for trains and buses every 5 to 10 minutes and hours of operation that extend beyond commute hours.
While the RT board and staff are enamored with the light rail extension to the airport (see priorities on slide No. 47), bringing real transit service in the form of streetcars to Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova is far more important, especially when it comes time to vote on tax increases.
The document below is a summary of the discussion that took place during the March 2 committee hearing.
RT Transit Master Plan committee discussion
(This comes from the executive committee agenda packet for the April 6 committee meeting.)
UPDATE: An April 16 version of the TransitAction presentation, complete with audio, is available here.