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In the coming weeks, the City of Sacramento will be applying for a federal grant of discretionary funds called the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER IV.) This grant is being applied for with hopes of using the money for rehabilitation and improvements of facilities of the Sacramento Valley Station building.
Although constructed in 1926 with expansive light filled spaces and fine architectural details, decades of neglect are evident. Most of the building’s systems have outlived their useful life, and only 20,000 square feet is currently in use. Proposed upgrades, such as adding heating and air conditioning, elevators, stairs and restrooms will increase usable interior space to 50,000 square feet. Upgraded bicycle facilities will include a bicycle repair and parking station inside a former baggage ramp area.
Concurrently, Phase I of the Intermodal Project, moving the tracks 500 feet north, is clearly progressing in these scenes. Trains are scheduled to be switched over to the new tracks this summer.
Tasked with creating a cover photo for the grant application I quickly found myself craning 60 feet into the air, on a man-lift located just inside the Railyards site. Facing roughly south west and just after sunset, I composed and exposed accordingly, taking care not to make too many sudden movements. The the exposure requires a few seconds to complete, and any shaking in the lift basket would end up blurring the image.
Special thanks to Granite Construction for helping make the image possible.