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February 12, 2011
City Hall working on bringing streetcars back to Sacramento

It's been 70 years since streetcars navigated the streets of Sacramento. The city is about to begin the process of potentially bringing them back.

Next month, a consultant team will begin a year-long streetcar planning study to evaluate routes throughout the city. The study is being funded primarily through a $300,000 federal grant from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments.

The city is asking for your input during a series of public meetings this summer. Dates will be announced later.

The analysis will concentrate on a streetcar system connecting major landmarks, such as the downtown railyard, the downtown business and office district and midtown. There's talk that one day the system could hit Sacramento State, the R Street corridor and Arden Fair Mall.

If street cars once again traveled the streets of Sacramento, would you ride them? And what landmarks and neighborhoods would you like a system to connect?

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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