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- 1849: The Gold Rush makes Sacramento a hub for shipping and business
- 1861: Heavy rains bring water flooding into town, forcing locals to raise buildings and streets from 8 to 22 feet above sea level. Hollow tunnels remain underground to this day!
- 1926: The Sacramento Valley Station opens (and remains one of the top 10 busiest Amtrak stations in the country to this day!)
- 1935: Tower Bridge opens, connecting the east and west banks of the Sacramento River. It wasn’t added to the National Register of Historic Places until 1982. Rumor has it that the bridge’s iconic gold color is a nod to the town’s gold rush history.
- 1981: Business 80 becomes Cap City Freeway, connecting western and eastern parts of the city
- 1987: The Sacramento RT Light Rail begins operation
- The annual traffic fatality rate has dropped from 13 deaths per 100,000 people in 1994 compared to just 7.6 deaths per 100,000 in 2013
- American River Bike Trail stretches across 40 picturesque miles
- The city has the highest rate of traffic citations in the nation
- Sacramento has been ranked number four in the nation for its rate of accidents and DUIs
- Police announce in 2012 that the intersection at Folsom Boulevard and Howe Avenue is the most dangerous in the city. With roughly 77,000 vehicles passing through each day, it’s no surprise that the intersection sees about 30 accidents annually.
- On average, the city’s worst congestion occurs at 5 PM on Thursday evenings (when cars crawl to 19 miles per hour)
What Lies Ahead
- J Street between 41st and 56th streets will become bike friendly, with space for parallel parking being turned into bicycle lanes. This process has already begun, much to the delight of local cyclists!
- Historic Broadway will become more inviting for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike with plans for more crosswalks, sidewalks and increased visibility for all. The impact of this project can already be felt by visitors on Broadway!
- Sacramento is part of an initiative known as ATOS, or Autonomous Transportation Open Standards Lab, which hopes to make the city a test site for self driving vehicles. Covering 100 miles across the city, ATOS roads can be found downtown, midtown and near the Sacramento International Airport.