These goals, established through several successful community outreach workshops, centered around three primary themes: safety, accessibility, and the desire to integrate the stations into the historic, gritty, industrial character of the City’s R Street corridor. Specific improvement elements selected to achieve these goals include renovation of existing and construction of new ADA compliant mini-high platforms, custom designed shade shelters, seating, signage, site lighting and landscape upgrades. One of the biggest challenges encountered with this project was finding the balance between providing the desired improvements and accommodating the limited construction budget. In an effort to maximize the level of improvements, customized, pre-engineered shade shelters were proposed. This approach reduced up-front design and engineering costs and allowed more of the budget to be put toward other necessary improvements at both stations.
The 13th and 16th Street RT Station Improvements project is the true epitome of a team effort. Callander Associates worked closely with the Sacramento Area Regional Transit District, the Capital Area Development Authority (CADA), City of Sacramento staff, as well as adjacent business and property owners to develop a focused program of improvements that would address the primary needs and achieve the highest priority goals for each station.