Regional Transit’s Blue Line Extension Set to Open in a Few Weeks

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SACRAMENTO --

The tracks are ready. Regional Transit's Blue Line is set to open in a couple of weeks.
The service connects riders all the way from Cosumnes River College to downtown Sacramento.

"I think it's a good idea because the bus ride gets so mixed up. But light rail will make it a lot easier," commuter Carol Young said.

It not only benefits college students but Elk Grove residents who normally take the bus downtown.

The added service will be well underway by the opening of the downtown arena in 2016.

But the challenge for RT officials is to convince people the ride will be safe and clean.

They began talking with concerned residents a couple of months ago.

"I could never have enough police officers to properly patrol this system. It's a big system," Sacramento police Capt. Norm Leong said.

So the hope is to get people who ride the train to partner with officers -- similar to a neighborhood watch group.

The program is called "Rider Watch."

"Our hope is that slowly over time, that people will try the system and decide maybe riding via train is not bad," Leong added.

Cameras are strategically placed throughout the train stations.

A phone app is in the works that would help riders report an incident directly to law enforcement, so officers can respond right away. The word is spreading to locals, who embrace the idea of taking the train versus hopping on a bus.

"I'm actually kind of excited. I can't wait for them to open up on the 24th," rider Delano Grubbs said.