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Precious cargo – snapshots of the light rail culture

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Dubbed the Emerald City by Mayor Kevin Johnson http://www.cityofsacramento.org/mayor/, Sacramento is known as one of the most diverse metropolitan cities in Northern California; fostering an estimated population of 472,178, according to the latest Census http://www.census.gov/ data recorded in April 2010.

Much like the Capitols reputation to host diversity in terms of culture, as does our Regional Transit Light Rail community, carrying diverse subcultures as its precious cargo.



I ride Light Rail Monday-Friday. I use to drive to work everyday from Marysville until my car blew out from commuting.

I ride light rail five days a week. Its convenient and it saves gas
I ride the light rail to get home and to go to school. I go to Sac City. It’s cool because lot of people different people ride.

According to Regional Transit http://www.sacrt.com/MPR.stm 2011 Key Performance Report for Fiscal Year 2012, light rail ridership for the month of November compared to the same period in 2010, increased by 19.4 percent. 

The 2012 Key Performance Report http://www.sacrt.com/MPR.stm for Fiscal Year 2013 – the most recnt report, shows an increase in ridership of 3.7 percent for the month of December compared to the same period last year in 2011. 

What this data tells us is that RT Light Rail has seen consecutive increases in ridership over the last three years. 

"Ridership is tied directly to the economy. As unemployement rates rise, ridership has been known to decrease and in turn, our ridership increases as our economy improves," said Mike Wiley Regional Transit general manager and CEO.

As the economy fluctuates, more and citizens are choosing to use RT services specifically the light rail resulting in a melting pot of commuters. 


"The system reflects the cultural diversity of Sacramento. It was designed to be accecible to the entire community and we strive to provide Universal Accessibility," said Wiley 

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