Midtown Association Lights Up 29th Street SacRT Light Rail Station With Dynamic LED Art Installation



In partnership with Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT), the Midtown Association is delighted to announce that a spectacular and vibrant LED art installation is now underway at 29e Tram station located on rue R between 29e & 30e streets. The lighting upgrade project is designed to attract and encourage traffic while creating a welcoming connection and pedestrian walkway between Midtown and the neighboring Alhambra corridor. The 29th Street light rail station opened in 1987 as part of the SacRT departure line. Between 2019 and 2020, around 900,000 trips were made to and from the station. Once completed, the light rail station will be brightly lit every night at dusk.

“We love to incorporate art in unexpected places to further energize our thriving Midtown neighborhood,” said Emily Baime Michaels, Executive Director of Explore Midtown. “It’s important from a connectivity perspective, but it’s also essential to showcase art as essential transit equipment to help create a vibrant destination resort. “

This latest lighting improvement project is part of a multi-year effort by the Midtown Association that equates to a combined investment of nearly $ 60,000 to date. Other lighting upgrades led by the Midtown Association include “the disco tree” at 24e & K, cascading tree lights along J Street between 27e & 28e streets, ambient lighting coming to Winn Park (to be installed later this year) and other projects to be announced.

“This art / light installation will bring visual interest, beauty and security to the 29e light rail station, ”said Jeff Harris, member of the Sacramento City Council, District 3 and SacRT Board of Directors. “It will serve as a welcome sign to Midtown and eastbound destinations, making it a unique stop on the light rail system. Investing in the beautification of public space improves our urban experience. Congratulations to the Midtown association.

The improvement project is highlighted by custom-made LED light panels created by talented local artist Chris Biddle of Light23 and installed by Choice Electrical Inc. The colorful panels resemble street pole banners popular throughout Midtown , especially on

Rue J between 20th and 27th street. The LED panels are programmable and can change colors with the flick of a switch. The custom light signs are attached to six light poles along R Street at the 29th Street station near the Sacramento Health Food Co-op.

“We’re incredibly excited about the LED art installation at the 29th & R,” said Sean Eakins, General Manager, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. “This is the main transit stop used by our members and customers to visit the co-op and, with increased visibility, I think it will provide a feeling of safety and welcome. These improvements are so important to the growth of our region and the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is thrilled to see the hard work being done by the Sacramento Regional Transit District and the Midtown Association!

In addition to offering many public transport options such as the 29e Streetcar station, extensive bus service and on-demand SmaRT Ride shuttle service, Midtown Sacramento is within walking distance and suitable for bikes / scooters / shared cars with plenty of parking available at nearby garages at 1801 L Street or the East End Garage on 17e Street between L and Capitol, as well as various lots in Midtown. For more transportation information, please visit www.easeintomidtown.com. For more information on Midtown Sacramento in general, special events and the Midtown Association, please visit www.exploremidtown.org or follow on social media – Facebook at www.facebook.com/exploremidtown/ and @ExploreMidtown on Instagram and Twitter.

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