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Sacramento Transit Officials Ask NBA Kings For Surcharge On Tickets At New Arena
Published December 19, 2013
TRAFFIC JAM? A SACRAMENTO BEE states the city's environmental impact report for the new arena "should calm fears that Sacramento's proposed downtown arena would create a traffic nightmare." The drafted report "concludes that the downtown street grid, which accommodates 100,000 weekday commuters, can also handle fans going to Kings games, concerts and other arena events." In addition, 10-15% of patrons are "expected to walk or take bus or light rail to the arena at Downtown Plaza." But there are "a couple of caution signs." For weeknight events, there would be an "overlap between workers leaving late from the office and fans arriving early." Still, the "generally positive assessment ... should not make officials complacent." To "avoid any problems, they need to look for ways to encourage the use of public transit and to shield midtown and other nearby neighborhoods from additional vehicles" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 12/18).