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June 15, 2012
First light rail train rolls into station north of downtown Sacramento

The inaugural Sacramento light rail train on the Green Line rolled into a new station at 7th Street and Richards Boulevard this morning - another important step in the redevelopment of the industrial area north of downtown.

Elected officials who arrived on the first train could barely contain their excitement. Fireworks exploded as the green train arrived shortly before 11 a.m., met by more than 100 spectators.

"I am confident that the Green Line will lead us to a renaissance in the River District," said Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, referring to the neighborhood surrounding the new station.

The station was built on the southern border of the Township 9 development, where nearly 2,500 housing units and thousands of square feet of retail are planned. So far, no buildings have been erected inside Township 9, but officials said the arrival of light rail in the area would help attract private investment to the site.

The Green Line extends 1.1 miles from downtown and took nearly three years to construct. The project cost $44 million, most of which came from Measure A transportation sales tax funds.

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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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