New technology will make downtown garage use easier for arena attendees. Nine-second transaction times expected, instead of thirty to sixty seconds at the former Sleep Train Arena. Matt Eierman, city parking chief, explains. Tony Bizjak The Sacramento Bee
New technology will make downtown garage use easier for arena attendees. Nine-second transaction times expected, instead of thirty to sixty seconds at the former Sleep Train Arena. Matt Eierman, city parking chief, explains. Tony Bizjak The Sacramento Bee

Transportation

Late-night trains to serve downtown Sacramento arena

By Tony Bizjak

tbizjak@sacbee.com

August 09, 2016 09:33 AM

UPDATED August 10, 2016 07:07 AM

The Capitol Corridor service has announced it is adding late-night trains in downtown Sacramento as an alternative to driving for people attending events at the new downtown arena.

System officials told The Bee Tuesday they will begin running a 10:30 p.m. nightly westbound train out of Sacramento, timed for use by Golden 1 Center arena fans.

The trains, which will offer discounts for families, groups of friends, veterans, children and seniors, will take off from Sacramento’s downtown depot at 4th and I streets after games, about a 15-minute walk from the arena doors at 5th and K streets.

The trains will run the normal Capitol Corridor route to the Bay Area. Nearby stops will include Davis and Suisun City, and later a new station under construction between Vacaville and Fairfield.

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Capitol Corridor Managing Director David Kutrosky said his passenger train agency has experience serving major sporting events in the Bay Area, including Oakland A’s games, Raiders games, San Francisco 49ers games, and major soccer games.

“We are familiar with serving sporting events,” Kutrosky said. “This is another opportunity for us. It allows us to serve a premier center in downtown Sacramento. We’re excited.”

The new trains will launch later this month, on Aug. 22, five weeks before Sacramento’s downtown arena opens.

The 10:30 p.m. departure gives fans enough time to get to the station platforms after a Kings game lets out, Kutrosky said. His agency has not yet decided whether it can hold trains longer if a Kings game goes into overtime. He also said it appears concert-goers, such as those attending the inaugural Oct. 4 Paul McCartney concert, will not be able to use the train because concerts tend to end later.

The addition of a late-night Sacramento train is part of a major overhaul of Capitol Corridor train schedules, affecting 11 of 30 weekday trains and 13 of 22 weekend trains. The service changes include more morning trains into San Jose and Silicon Valley, which is the fastest growing segment of the Capitol Corridor system.

The Capitol Corridor system plans to begin promoting the Sacramento arena trains, Kutrosky said.

Under current ticketing practices, with discounts, it appears likely the trains will be more expensive –for groups of two or more –than driving to Sacramento and paying for parking downtown. However, many Capitol Corridor passengers choose the trains to avoid the hassles of driving and parking.

For information on the Capitol Corridor system, go online to www.capitolcorridor.org

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