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Blue Line to Cosumnes River College Overhead Wires Go Live


CONTACT: Alane Masui Friday, May 08, 2015
The Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) has activated high voltage wires above the light rail tracks along the Blue Line to Cosumnes River College (CRC) light rail extension currently under construction.

The overhead catenary system (OCS), located above the light rail tracks, provides high voltage electricity to the light rail vehicles and is considered “hot” once activated. The OCS carries 950 volts of electricity and is dangerous. The public is advised to stay clear of the light rail tracks and equipment, and more than 10 feet from wires and poles.

RT must activate the OCS before train activity and testing begins later this month. Test trains will operate between the Meadowview light rail station and Cosumnes River College. Testing may take place at any time during the day or night, and will continue until the opening of the Blue Line to CRC in September 2015.

RT and Operation Lifesaver (OL) have partnered to promote the “See Tracks? Think Train!” light rail safety campaign that emphasizes pedestrian and motorist safety around tracks.

“See Tracks? Think Train!” is a simple message, but one that can save lives. It is RT’s goal to eliminate incidents by using education and outreach to remind the public of the proper behavior to stay safe.

The public is reminded to adhere to the following safety rules:
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings when near tracks or in stations.
- Avoid the danger of distraction caused by cell phones, headphones or other electronic devices.
- Look and listen for trains. Light rail trains can travel at any time from either direction and are relatively quiet. After a train has passed, a second train might be traveling from the opposite direction.
- Whether on foot, bike or in a vehicle, it is illegal to go around moving or lowered crossing gates.
- It is prohibited to ride bicycles, skateboards or rollerblades in stations.
- Never use light rail tracks for walking, jogging or taking shortcuts.

The $270 million Blue Line to CRC project, which will extend light rail 4.3 miles south from the Meadowview Station to the new Cosumnes River College Station, includes four new light rail stations: Morrison Creek, Franklin, Center Parkway and Cosumnes River College.

For more information, visit the project website at blueline2crc.com or contact Jo Noble, Senior Community and Government Affairs Officer, at jnoble@sacrt.com or 916-556-0118.



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