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Fix 50 Expected To Trigger Higher RT Ridership


If you take the bus or light rail in Sacramento, it may get a little crowded over the next few months. Mike Wiley is Sacramento Regional Transit's general manager.

"We anticipate a ridership increase of about 13% over the course of the impacts of Fix 50."

He says that amounts to about 13,000 more riders a day. Wiley says they'll be increasing the number of light rail trains as well as the length of trains.

"Today we operate trains that are four cars in length during the peak periods then we cut them back to two cars midday. We're just going to keep our four car trains out operating throughout the day anticipating bigger crowds all day long."

Wiley says they're also adding bus service, including a fleet of buses that will be on call to be deployed in case of overcrowding on certain routes. RT will also beef up security.

Wiley says it'll cost RT about $450,000 to pay for the additional services. He says CalTrans this week agreed to cover those costs.

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