Transportation System in Sacramento

TransportationSystem in Sacramento

Sacramentois a city located in north central of California. It is named after ariver, which flows from north to south and is about 620km long.Transport is very important since it leads to the transportation ofgoods and services (Burau7).Transport has played a big role in the attainment of both social andeconomic needs. It has led to both positive and negative impacts inthe society the negative impacts are solved to enhance developmentin the region. These impacts are illustrated and the recommendationsfor the same. The different modes of transportation in Sacramentohave eased mobility of people from one place to another. Despitehaving private means of transportation, that is private cars amongothers one can travel using charming public transportation.Transportation in this region is facilitated through light railtrains and buses, which are fast, convenient, and affordable. Inaddition, taxi, Amtrak, and vans are mostly used to and from theairport. Public transit system development in Sacramento is taking apositive direction but eliminating congestion through expansion orroads, use of light trains for long distances, and increased taxationon private modes will not only improve businesses, but also educationand health in the area.

Inlate 19th century, Sacramento Transit Authority was the maintransportation system in Sacramento. It later changed to RegionalTransit (RT) and mode of transport was by bus. Over a number ofyears, light rail trains were invented, and they were widely used upto date. This has been expanding day by day, and there exist 50 lightrail stations in the region covering most of the areas, which arefrequently visited by the people (Wang550).Additionally, this system has never failed, and it has served peoplein bodacious ways.

Transitsystem and economic needs

InSacramento, traveling has become the last thing that can disturbone`s mind because it is easy but sometimes it is not the case. Thereare positive and negative impacts of the transit system. Positively,the transit system has contributed to economic development in thesystem. Example, if one wants to transport agricultural products fromthe farm, it is easier. The perishable goods are now transportedeasily to their required destinations without any hindrance. This isdone using any mode of transport convenient to the user. As a result,everyone can acquire what they do not have provided they can affordto pay for it. The transit system has also led to the development ofeducation in the region. Most of the students do not have personalmeans of transport, and thus they depend largely on the public means.Transportation has eased their movement to and from their respectiveschools (Nelson18).Were it not for transit system most students could not make it toschool on time and some could not make it to school at all.

Bycontrary, the transit system in Sacramento also has the negativeimpact on the people. Firstly, according to research, which wasconducted in this region, the people who are unemployed and seriouslylooking for a job, about 60 percent stated that transportation is themajor obstacle, which is impeding them from getting a job. Due tolack of job, they lack experience following the lack of adequatechildcare. Secondly, those who relied on public means of transport,71 percent said that they were unable to take part in necessaryactivities such as work-related activities and shopping activitiesbecause of the delay of the public transport. Adding on this, 31percent of those who used private means of transport also seem to beaffected by the same. In this case, transport must be able to adoptto the changing demand to facilitate development. Otherwise, theregion may take decades without major development (Mahardja14).


Whenmoving from one place to another, people are interested in addingvalue to their lives. Sacramento is affected by traffickingcongestion on the routes entering the city. Some routes can even lastfor an hour with traffic congestion. The congestions delay economicproductivity of the people since their time is consumed withoutproducing any good at that time (Edwards109).The congestion normally occurs during the traffic peak season becauseof growth of the downtown area of the city.

Transitsystem and social needs

Transportationhas served social needs of the persons, that is, people have thereason to accept and appreciate good work of the systems.Particularly, the middle class and lower class people treasure thesystem for enhancing their mobility within and out of town. Thetransit system ensures social equality by charging the same cost toevery passenger who boards his or her vehicles (Edwards108).Under this dimension, transit system is expected to improve livingstandards and promote social equity in life.

Healthand transit system

Healthis a basic need for a person. If one is not healthy, working will notbe possible and also accepting the situation will be very hard forthem. With the introduction of regional transit in Sacramento,physical activities like walking and cycling which lower cases ofgaining weight, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes were abandoned.Many people are now prone to such diseases, and a large number isdying every day because of the same. On the other hand,transportation has eased movement of old people as well as disabledpersons. These people can board a vehicle or a train and will be ableto go everywhere they wish to.


Regardingtransportation cost, transit services have reduced, and the cost isincreased with a high rate. The rise is fare is triggered by anincrease in inflation, and the region transit system fares have neverchanged for a long period. As a result, it will help regional transitto balance its budget, advance light rail stations, improve busstops, offer new technology in the vehicles, promote cleanenvironment by employing more cleaners and increase fare inspectionby hiring more fare checkers. Because raising transportation cost,the users are likely not to continue using transit system over a longperiod.

Sacramentohas greatly changed because of advanced transport system. Despitenegative impacts such as air pollution, transportation is good, andhas led to the region’s development due to benefits like creationof employment and industrialization (Edwards110).

Barriersto success

Severalbarriers hinder Sacramento’s success. They include lack of adequatecapital for its advancement, social awareness, and trust amongothers. Starting with the lack of enough capital, the regionaltransit system lacks enough capital for development of the railtrains, road construction, employment of new workers and purchasingmore buses (Gao14).These results to rise in transportation cost to make extra money tocater for such needs. Secondly, on the issue of social awareness andtrust, the people in this region have seen the decline of theirneighbors, and as a result, they lose their trust and cannot believein themselves any longer. It is because of failure in proposedmeasures to improve the region makes them loose trust.


Dueto delay on the roads, people seem to complain showing that somethingneeds to be done to facilitate faster delivery and affordable costsfor the passengers. There are some ways recommended to curb thisproblem (Edwards110).Firstly, for the public means of transport, more vehicles have to beincreased to ensure that there is always a vehicle on stage for aperson who might have missed another car. Secondly, the roads aresupposed to be expanded to reduce vehicle trafficking for fastermovement of the vehicles example highways are very important in thiscase. Whenever there are many vehicles on the roads, and roads arejust a few, the movement is likely to delay thus delaying passengersin that vehicle.

Thirdly,the tax for the private means of transport should be increased. Thiswill help to reduce private means of transport because most of thepeople will prefer using public transit system. Consequently, thevehicle trafficking will reduce thus facilitating faster movementfrom one place to another. Also, use of Alco-Blow by the trafficpolice is essential and should be mandatory for any driver to testwhether they are drunk. If dunk and driving a certain penalty shouldbe fined (Edwards111).This is to ensure that all drivers will be sober while driving andthus reducing accidents on the roads. In some cases, traffickingoccurs because of the accidents on the roads and having accidentsreduced the vehicle trafficking is also reduced.

Additionally,light rail trains are recommended to carry long distance passengers.This is to ensure that once people board the train, they will notstop on the way and thus they will reach their destination easily.When the train stops in many stations, a lot of time is wasted, andthat will delay the people. In this case, electric trains arerecommended. Also on the side of increased fare, the government issupposed to lower, the tax rate for the public means of transportthat includes even lowering cost of petrol and diesel to a standardlevel. In doing so, the regional transit system will lower cost perperson hence easing transport for everyone in the region. InSacramento, use of an airplane as means of transport is not commonlyused. This is because of high costs and lower chances to get airplaneif needed to. It is recommendable to increase the number of airplanefor faster movement. This will ensure good transportation ofperishable agricultural products in different regions.

Conclusively,all that is recommended, it is not easy to stick to everything, andso it may take time. It is also seen that trafficking is the majorcause of delay in the transportation system and is caused by humanerror like accidents, disobeying traffic rules among others. It isalso seen that government has a bigger role to play in facilitatinggood and easy transportation, which includes, managing transporttaxes, advancing infrastructures and others. To ensure goodtransportation of goods, services and people, citizens and transitsystem have to collaborate with the government.

Theabove picture shows traffic congestion is Sacramento area. Retrievedfrom


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