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Letter to the Editor: Thank you

By: Will Kempton, of Folsom
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Another Folsom Pro Rodeo has come and gone. This annual summer event is a highlight for those of us living in Folsom, and the many visitors and tourists who come from out of town to enjoy an evening of mutton busting, bronco riding, motocross events and fireworks. 

Those people visiting Folsom for the event this year got an additional benefit on top of a great show. Thanks to the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT), the hours of operation for light rail were recently extended until 11:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. For the Folsom Pro Rodeo, SacRT even added two additional trains to the Sunday service on July 1 with the last train leaving at 11 p.m. Not to be outdone, our own Folsom Stage Line provided free shuttle service between the Historic District Station and Folsom City Park throughout the evening.

Nearly 900 people took advantage of this convenient, reliable connection between the light rail station and the rodeo venue over the three-day event. No parking to worry about, the trains were on time and we know this kind of collaboration between the City of Folsom and the region’s transit agency will continue for other major events taking place in our fair city. 

There’s even more transit service to look forward to in the future. Due to the passage of Senate Bill 1 by the State Legislature last year, some $84 million will be put into the Gold Line operation and construction in the next couple of years to provide new low-floor rail vehicles, double-tracking and/or passing tracks to allow for more frequent service and even express options. 

Many thanks to the City of Folsom’s Stage Line and to SacRT for making this summer’s Rodeo event an even more enjoyable experience.    

-Will Kempton, of Folsom