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Roseville commission to consider more routes to downtown Sac

Route 51 to Highway 50 corridor may be eliminated
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Roseville commuters may soon get more transit options for traveling to and from downtown Sacramento during the weekdays.

The Roseville Transportation Commission will consider adding service routes to downtown during tonight's public hearing. If approved, the item would go to the Roseville City Council for a final vote.

Last summer, Roseville Transit experienced higher than average ridership on evening commuter routes to downtown Sacramento and added service on a trial basis. This proved successful, according to the city, and the route became permanent in November 2011.

Ridership to downtown has increased again and city staff recommends adding an additional route in the morning and evening to more evenly distribute ridership, resulting in less overcrowding and more capacity.

City staff proposes a route leaving Roseville at 6:55 a.m. from Taylor/I-80 to arrive in downtown Sacramento at 7:30 a.m. They also recommend a route departing Sacramento at 4:35 p.m. to arrive in Roseville at 5:25 p.m.

The addition of these commuter routes depends on the fate of Commuter Route 51, which provides service between the Taylor/1-80 park and ride lot and the Butterfield light rail station along the Highway 50 corridor. The city recommends eliminating this route.

Roseville Transit started Route 51 in January 2010 but the route continues to underperform, with an average of six daily passengers in the morning and four passengers in the evening, according to the city staff report.

The public hearing takes place at 7 p.m. tonight at Civic Center, 311 Vernon St. in Roseville. For more information, call (916) 774-5293 or visit www.roseville.ca.us.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.