Tips on using light rail to avoid Fix 50 gridlock

SACRAMENTO - Because of the impact of the FIX 50 project, there is expected to be thousands of first-time riders on Sacramento's light-rail system. But first-timers may have some questions about riding the trains.

Whether you'll be using the green, gold, or blue line, you'll want to get your boarding pass, and make sure you have it on you at all times. Riding the train can be easy and stress-free, and a better alternative to waiting in gridlock.

First-time rider Kachet Jackson-Henderson will be choosing the train, instead of the traffic nightmare.

"I don't really know what to expect," she says. "I've taken public transit in San Francisco, and I feel like if I can do that I can do Sacramento RT."

First things first, you need your ticket. It doesn't matter where you are coming from or where you are going, it will cost you $2.50 each way. You can buy individual day-passes at the train stations, or you can purchase a monthly pass for $100. The project is expected to last 42 days.

When you are waiting for the train to arrive at your station, you will want to make sure you stand behind the yellow line, which keeps passengers a safe distance from the train. When it arrives, you will want to make sure you hit the button on the outside of the train to gain entry inside. That button is located on the doors, or near the doors, depending on the train. However, you won't need to press that button if another passenger is exiting the train. When you are leaving the train, you will want to press the button inside the train to activate the doors.

Once on board, maps allow riders to easily locate out their stop.

Some of the trains will be extending their hours of operation during the FIX 50 project. The blue and gold line will be running from around 4 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Sacramento RT will be sending out tweets during the project, letting people know when parking lots fill up, and where other spots free up.

For information on routes, schedules, and fares visit


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