Do you think this will have any effect on the transit situation in Elk Grove? Doesn’t sound like there are any plans to make any changes. Looks like it’s more about communicating better with each other. The two entities have had a somewhat rocky relationship since the City of Elk Grove started it’s own bus system.
City officials consider RT agreement
By Bryan M. Gold – Citizen Staff Writer
Published: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 4:41 PM PDT
A collaboration agreement between the city of Elk Grove and Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) is among several transit-related agenda items for the Elk Grove City Council on Aug. 26.
“The city of Elk Grove and the RT Board of Directors recognize the common interests of both organizations to cooperatively pursue policies and activities that enhance and expand the safe and efficient movement of people via public transit services,” city staff wrote in its report to the Council.
Aspects of the collaboration agreement include the two government agencies maintaining open communication, sharing resources, and improving mobility and transit service options for the Sacramento region.
This potential agreement could come days after RT opened a light rail extension at Cosumnes River College.
That project came in on time and under budget. Elk Grove Vice Mayor and RT Board Member Pat Hume said he was pleased that the extension would open ahead of schedule and save the organization money.
“I think it’s great because it will connect the entire school system with public transit,” he said. “It also starts to relieve the congestion down south in our area.”
Hume and Mike Wiley, RT’s general manager and chief executive officer, said the next extension of the light rail’s blue line could be in Elk Grove, and city officials have said they would like to put a train and bus station in the southern part of the city.
But both Hume and Wiley said an extension would require city and RT officials discussing factors including operations and financing.
A collaboration agreement could also occur while the State Senate resumes discussion on a bill that could allow the city to avoid paying RT nearly $800,000 for Elk Grove residents to use the regional transit system.
The city and RT were initially on opposite sides of AB 906 authored by State Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), but Cooper’s staff said the transit district removed its opposition for the legislation that the Senate could vote on this week.
Other transit items on the agenda include a maintenance agreement with RT and purchasing eight 40-foot compressed natural gas transit buses from New Flyer of America for an amount not to exceed $4.6 million.
Council members are also scheduled to receive an update on the city’s local and commuter transit service. Elk Grove last year received a state grant to contact a comprehensive operational analysis of its e-tran system.
City staff wrote in its report to the Council that the kickoff meeting was held last month to clarify project objectives and a timeline. Staff expects the analysis to recommend several changes to the city’s transit services.
Other agenda items include proclaiming September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and appointing a member to the Elk Grove Trails Committee.
The Aug. 26 Council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Council Chambers, 8400 Laguna Palms Way.