Sacramento did Something Quite RIght

It was on my last trip up the Capital Corridor on Amtrak that I saw something new that I haven’t seen in the US for awhile: a transit hub. There, in Sacramento, they had finally tied together the Amtrak station, which had been its own hub for some time, with the city train, as well as city buses. Astounding! A US city with a transportation center that wasn’t left over from the days when we used to have transportation centers. Something new, brand spanking new, much like the Transbay Terminal tower that San Francisco is planning.
I suppose that I find all of this to be quite a revelation because Sacramento didn’t used to just have a transit hub, but it was the transit hub for the West Coast for some time. Being that the First Intercontinental Railroad terminated there, it quickly became The Place for everyone and everything that was moving across the country to converge. Inevitably, this railroad connecting both sides of country lead to the expansionist thinking that has since dominated the American psyche in just about everything we do these days. So, as to whether this railroad was a good thing, is most certainly up for debate and I feel should generally be thought of in the same manner as the one they’ve built from Beijing to Lhasa.
But, under a discussion of the global-political ramifications of this new transit hub, it’s great to see that it’s fully up and running. It’s funny, because as you look at how close the capital building is and Old Town, you realize that this really was the center of everything in the past for this city. I like it because it gives the feeling that you get when in places like San Francisco, Paris, Zagreb, or Belgrade (to name a few) that you are in the town center once you step off the train. Town centers are good and I’ll be curious to see if this new center for the movement of people changes the face of downtown Sacramento and thusly if any other cities follow the model to redevelop aging cores that have been left to rot.
Sacramento did Something Quite RIght