Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Regional Transit restoring some services in Sacramento, including late night ... - Sacramento Bee

Regional Transit announced last night that it is restoring some service that was cut two years ago, including late night light rail trains.

When the transportation agency made the cuts in 2010, RT officials said it was a budget-balancing move brought on by staggering revenue losses in the face of the recession. The cuts to plug a $25 million budget hole were the biggest service reductions in RT's history.

Critics complained the agency was in part responsible for the shortfall because RT was not efficient enough.

Some of the worst cuts were incurred by people who worked late at night and depended on light rail trains to take them back home when their shift was over.

Last night, RT sent out a press release stating that light rail service will be extended on the Blue and Gold lines to about 12:30 a.m., instead of 10:30 p.m., on weekdays and Saturdays.

Bus service improvements include new bus lines on weekdays in Citrus Heights, Natomas and South Sacramento. RT will also extend some weekday night bus service.

"The ability to add service at a time when many agencies continue to reduce service is the direct result of conservative fiscal management," said RT General Manager Mike Wiley.

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