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 Pre-workshop Technical Tour


A Multimodal Tour of the Indomitable City

Sunday, July 28, 2013
7:45 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

In keeping with over a decade of tradition, a signature Multimodal Tour of Sacramento, the Indomitable City, is being offered prior to the Workshop on Sunday, July 28th.

About the Tour

Born of a collective desire for riches, both mineral and agricultural in nature, Sacramento’s fortitude has seen it through the fires, floods, epidemics, and economic downturns that decimated other Gold Rush towns, earning itself the title of “The Indomitable City.”

Transportation is Sacramento’s raison d'être.  Situated at the head of navigation for the Sacramento River and the western terminus of the first transcontinental railroad, the city became the logical trans-shipment hub for people and goods flowing to and from the lucrative gold fields of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the bounteous agricultural fields of California’s Central Valley.

Sacramento today is a thriving community: economically diverse, culturally vibrant, and distinctively different in terms of climate, culture, and transportation from the Bay Area only 90- miles distant.  The Multimodal Tour of the Indomitable City offers the transportation professional a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the cities from a passenger’s perspective.

The two cities were once linked by riverboats, railroads, and interurbans. The Multimodal Tour will explore present-day interregional links, traveling outbound via Megabus double-deck intercity motor coaches and returning a combination of Amtrak and San Francisco Bay Ferry. While riverboats no longer ply the sloughs, we will have brunch aboard the Delta King, a retired 1927 paddle-wheeler that once serviced the route.

Local transportation in Sacramento today is a weave of urban bus and light rail services operated under the auspices of the Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT). The Multimodal Tour will explore both the steel-wheeled and rubber-tired aspects of the RT system and visit several multimodal transit centers and terminals en route. Representatives of each agency have been invited to accompany the tour to answer questions and share valuable “lessons learned.”

How to Participate

The Multimodal Tour of the Indomitable City begins at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco at 7:45 AM (SHARP!). While there is never a fee for a Multimodal Tour, participants are responsible for fares (estimated to be $54 without discounts—lower fares are available for early registrants) and meals en route.  Megabus and Amtrak require advance reservations and practice dynamic pricing, so sign up for the Multimodal Tour early to ensure the lowest cost.

Participation is limited to 40 (family members are welcomed— workshop registration not required).  Contact the Multimodal Tour’s organizer, Tom Hickey from CH2M Hill, at TR.HICKEY@CH2M.COM or at +1 610 306 3066 to reserve your place or for further details.

The California State Railroad Museum, located in Old Sacramento, is widely regarded as one of North America's premier railroad museums (WWW.CSRMF.ORG).  A special alternative itinerary is available for those wanting time to spend time in the afternoon visiting the museum or Old Sacramento.



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