July 26th: Speaker Series Event,
For our third event of 2018, members and friends of Sacramento Young Professionals in Transportation had the opportunity to learn about the first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) in the state of California from Aaron Silva with Mark Thomas. Additionally, they also learned about the Highway 50/Watt Avenue Interchange Bike Trail project.
May 22nd: Speaker Series Event
For our second event of 2018, members and friends of Sacramento Young Professionals in Transportation had the opportunity to network and talk with California transportation leaders, Laurie Berman (Director of Caltrans) and Brian Annis (Secretary of CalSTA).
2018 Kick-off Event
For our first event of 2018, approximately 80 members of Sacramento Young Professionals in Transportation had the opportunity to network and talk with local transportation leaders. The kick-off event included a panel discussion on transformative projects in our region and its relation to SB1 and local transportation funding! The panel included James Corless (SACOG), Kiana Valentine (CSAC), and Bill Mueller (Valley Vision).
October 2017 JPA Event:
San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority
For our October event, members and friends of Sacramento Young Professionals in Transportation learned about JPA’s big plans for expansion of service into Sacramento from the Director of Regional Initiatives, Dan Leavitt. The expansion plans include several more daily trips down the San Joaquin corridor to Bakersfield as well as direct service to ACE train from Sacramento into East Bay and South Bay communities. This would mean big changes, including negotiations with the Union Pacific to change which route they use up and down the valley and design and construction of new passenger stations along that line, including a potential station in midtown Sacramento.
September 2017 Wine Train Event:
Western Railway Museum
Thank you to everyone who made it out to our Wine Train 2017 Event! The Wine Train featured a guided tour of the museum’s vintage streetcar collection, wine tasting and train ride on a historic parlor car and a BBQ picnic lunch hosted by Kinders.
The Western Railway Museum restores vintage streetcar and interurban trains, and operates its historic fleet for sightseeing tours throughout the year. Everything at the WRM has been restored and maintained by volunteers, including the cars, the track, and the overhead wires. The museum also has an excellent archives unit and visitors center. The museum is owned and operated by the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association and is located in Solano County, on former right of way of the Sacramento Northern Railway, which provided electrified passenger train service from Oakland to Sacramento and beyond as far north as Chico. Sacramentans can still see many vestiges of the SN throughout town and Bay Area residents might be interested to know that SN trains ran for several years on the lower deck of the Bay Bridge when it first opened in 1939, taking riders all the way to San Francisco.
June 2017 Amtrak Walking Tour:
For our June event, YPT Sacramento was joined by two highly-experienced professionals to get an inside look at everything related to the Sacramento Valley Station (i.e., Sacramento’s Amtrak Station). Greg Taylor is a senior architect with the City of Sacramento and manager of the City’s Intermodal Station project. Patrick Forrey is an operations compliance analyst with Amtrak for most of the western states, monitoring service delivery and operations.
The tour included information about station restoration work, mixed-use redevelopment, Amtrak ticketing and baggage tunnel, relocation of UPRR tracks and passenger platforms, streetcar, light rail, and high-speed rail integration, and bicycle access and storage improvements.
2017 April Event:
MTP and MTIP Planning and Funding Presentation
For our second event of 2017, over 30 members of Sacramento Young Professionals in Transportation learned about the critical role SACOG (Sacramento Area Council of Governments) plays in planning and implementing critical transportation projects in our region. The event included presentations from SACOG’s Clint Holtzen and Jose Luis Caceres about Maintenance of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Community Strategy (MTP/SCS) and Maintenance of the Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP). A big thank you goes out to the Shaw/Yoder/Antwih team for hosting us in their office.
2017 Launch Event:
Golden 1 Center: Transportation Tour
For our first event of 2017, over 60 members of Sacramento Young Professionals in Transportation got an inside look at transportation to the Golden 1 Center. The event included presentations from the City of Sacramento, Sacramento Police Department, Regional Transit, and Fehr & Peers, followed by a walking tour of key traffic, parking, light rail, paratransit, bike, pedestrian, and taxi/ride-sharing accommodations. A big thanks goes out to Fehr & Peers for hosting us in their new downtown office and for catering the event.