Dos Rios Station
The Center for Public Interest Design has begun an exciting collaboration with Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) and other local partners on the design of three light rail stations in Sacramento, California. The Dos Rios Station is the first of the three projects, and will be located on a complex site in the rapidly changing Twin Rivers neighborhood. The CPID led a series of engagement activities throughout the project in order to facilitate a truly participatory design process toward a station architecture that reflects the hopes and needs of the project stakeholders. The CPID is using this opportunity to further explore design strategies for the area that emerged through its multi-year collaboration with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. One critical approach that was identified through this work recognizes that expanding the role that a transit station might play in a community offers opportunities to provide much-needed amenities and placemaking to underserved neighborhoods.
The Rio Azul design featured in the video above has been chosen to move forward as the design concept for the station. In December of 2018 it was announced that this project (with associated affordable housing development) was the recipient of a $23 million Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Grant by the California Strategic Growth Council. The TCC Program funds development and infrastructure projects that achieve major environmental, health, and economic benefits in California’s most disadvantaged communities, and the Dos Rios Station process and design strategies align perfectly with these goals. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said, “This award represents the integration of everything that matters in our community-- economic growth, inclusion, affordable housing, clean energy, public transportation and mobility options for people who otherwise have limited options."