Phase 1 of the SITF is largely completed with the realigning of rail track infrastructure, separating freight and passenger tracks through the new passenger platforms with a new passenger tunnel and canopies with state-of-the-art information systems and ticketing. Construction began May, 2011, and will be completed in late 2013.
The City of Sacramento secured $40 million in federal funds and $31 million in local and state funds for the construction of Phase 1.
Major components of Phase 1 include:
- New passenger and freight track relocated approximately 500-feet north with freight trains no longer passing through the center passenger platforms
- Two new double-sided passenger rail platforms allowing more flexible boarding of trains
- Pedestrian tunnel connecting the passenger platforms with the Sacramento Valley Station and Central Shops set for future adjacent transfer points to light rail and bus
- New pedestrian/bicycle tunnel west of the new platforms connecting the areas north and south of the rail corridor
- New service tunnel for rail operators to safely fuel and service locomotives and trains and tend baggage off the passenger platforms