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RT Chief Stresses Importance of Transit in Planning for Proposed New Arena



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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mark Lonergan with Regional Transit says the better the planning, the more efficient RT can be in getting people where they need to go.

LONERGAN: "When you have an event like AMGEN (Tour of California cycling event), it's kind of plopped down in the center of the city and there's a lot of extra work we need to do to make it function.  With an arena we have the opportunity to design that in a way where it functions more naturally."

Lonergan spoke Tuesday as part of a panel put together by the arena support organization, Think Big, to talk about transit. 

Michael Ault of the Downtown Partnership says transit plans put in place by Phoenix and Denver helped boost business in their downtowns by 30 percent.

AULT: "Rather than get in a mass of people leaving, let's go to a restarurant lets go grab a drink somewhere so they were able to extend the experience."

Twenty-five firms have said they will apply to lease the city's parking operations.   The city has a March 1st deadline to show it can fund an arena.

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