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What’s Ahead for the Future of Transportation in Sacramento?

What’s Ahead for the Future of Transportation in Sacramento?

The future of innovative transportation looks green and bright for Sacramento. The days of using gas-powered automobiles to drive all over town are limited. Rather, the transportation of tomorrow is clean, electric-powered, and alternative. Just like the invention of the railroads and then autos made horse travel a far-flung memory, today’s transportation innovations may be putting gas-powered vehicles in our collective rearview mirrors. Sacramento is leading the way for some exciting transportation innovations. Here’s what you can expect in the not-so-distant future: Electric Vehicles California Governor Jerry Brown is committed to helping ...
7 Projects Revitalizing Downtown Sacramento

7 Projects Revitalizing Downtown Sacramento

From the time of the Gold Rush, Sacramento has served as the heartbeat of the region. Throughout its history, the City was the cultural and community hub of the region. The strength and vitality of Sacramento waned, however, with the proliferation of suburban sprawl. But today the next chapter of Sacramento’s story is being written, and the City is experiencing a resurgence of vitality and strength. Here are seven new projects bringing jobs, housing, and cultural experiences back to Sacramento. The Railyards The Railyards were once the heart of industry and innovation ...
Bringing Sustainable Development to The Railyards

Bringing Sustainable Development to The Railyards

Sustainability is more than a buzzword. The issue of climate change has received global attention from governments around the world in recent years. Governments, organizations, and private citizens are all looking for ways to create a better future by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and finding solutions to climate change. The City of Sacramento has made sustainability a core focus, embracing sustainable development and infill projects like The Railyards. What is Sustainable Development? Sustainable development has been defined in many ways, but is most frequently quoted as defined by the United Nation’s ...
The 9 Principles Guiding The Railyards Specific Plan

The 9 Principles Guiding The Railyards Specific Plan

The Railyards is one of the largest urban infill projects in the nation. This major redevelopment project is providing the City of Sacramento with an opportunity to move away from old patterns of decentralization and suburban sprawl which can lead to traffic congestion, deterioration of air quality, and loss of land and open space resources. Opening up The Railyards area will connect downtown and the River District, doubling the size of downtown Sacramento and providing an important first step as Sacramento focuses on regional growth over the next century. This project ...
The Railyards Open Space Plan: Creating Green Spaces for the Community

The Railyards Open Space Plan: Creating Green Spaces for the Community

Parks and green open spaces are an important part of a healthy, sustainable, and economically successful community, which is why the Railyards has planned ample parks and plazas for future residents and visitors to enjoy. The Benefits of Green Spaces Parks and plazas provide a number of environmental, psychological, and economic benefits in dense urban settings. Not only do parks and green open spaces provide space for recreational activities, they also serve as a place of respite from a busy, urban environment. Research reveals that spending time in natural environments can reduce ...
How Does The Sacramento Railyards Plan Handle Parking?

How Does The Sacramento Railyards Plan Handle Parking?

The vision for the Sacramento Railyards is a thriving urban community that encourages walking, cycling, and alternative forms of transportation. The mixed-use development will be home to residential housing as well as retail and commercial amenities, offering residents numerous choices and conveniences within walking distance. The site itself is located just a short walk from the Golden 1 Center, two blocks from Old Sacramento, and is in close proximity to regional transit, including light rail stations. Despite a vision for a walkable future community that maximizes alternative forms of transit, ...
How the Railyards Plan Encourages Cycling and Walkability in Sacramento

How the Railyards Plan Encourages Cycling and Walkability in Sacramento

Could Sacramento become the “Walking Capital?” Active cities that prioritize pedestrian and cycling activities bring many benefits to residents and visitors alike. The City of Sacramento is committed to pedestrian and bicycling improvements through various pedestrian programs and projects and has set a goal of becoming the most livable city in America. The Railyards has planned a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly community to help the City reach it’s goals. If you’re curious about how easy it will be to walk or bike the Railyards, keep reading. We’ve got all the Specific ...
Preserving the Legacy of the Railyards Central Shops

Preserving the Legacy of the Railyards Central Shops

The Railyards has an important role to play as the City of Sacramento seeks to become the most livable city in America. The scale and location of the Railyards development provides an unprecedented opportunity to create a dynamic and iconic urban environment that celebrates the historic significance of the area while meeting the future needs of residents and visitors. The Railyards development will feature five distinct districts, each with its own identity and character. Among these districts, the Central Shops District will be a primary destination for the Railyards, becoming ...
Watering the Railyards: The Historic Water Tower

Watering the Railyards: The Historic Water Tower

A water tower stands tall against the Sacramento sky. At first glance it appears like any other relic from a bygone era - an unassuming steel structure weathered by time and seasoned by rust and graffiti. But this is more than an abandoned water tower; it's a historic Sacramento landmark. Its 100-gallon tank now filled with memories of a time when the railyards and rail shops in Sacramento were a thriving operation, supporting thousands of jobs in the region and helping to transport California's prize agriculture all over the country ...
How the Railyards Will Preserve its Historic Legacy

How the Railyards Will Preserve its Historic Legacy

The Sacramento shop yards were once the hub of economic activity and innovation in the region. At its peak, thousands of employees clocked in and out of the central shops in the railyards. Over time, new technologies emerged and the work performed in the railyards was transferred out of Sacramento up until the yard was closed in 1999. Many building and structures were demolished after the railyards were shut down. Only a single water tower and a complex of eight buildings, the central shops, remained. The Railyards Central Shops Today, the ...