All Aboard For Blue Line Light Rail Extension to CRC

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Regional Transit's Blue Line Extension Became a reality Monday morning with the first train hitting the CRC Station just after 5 a.m.

Passenger Michael Horne was in line by 4:30 a.m., anxious to be the first on board.

"This is great. I have to go up to Rocklin and I live just down the street," Horne said.

The project has been decades in the making, visualized well before RT extended service to the Meadow View station in 2003.

"We thought about this back in the late 90's," project manager Ed Scofield said. "It took a lot of planning and work and this is exciting."

The extension south from Meadowview includes multiple stations that end at CRC including one station set aside to be built in the future when population changes demands call for it, according to Scofield.

The total cost of the project is $270 million, and at its destination at CRC, a $30 million parking garage features a walking bridge to the boarding area of the light real station.