Across 65th St. from the Starbucks near Folsom Boulevard, an RT bus pulls out from the train terminus with a bicycle in tow.
Some commuters find a place to park their red battery-powered bikes. Others commuters, intersecting with RT Rail, feel that there is no place to park. Walking to the bus terminal is difficult–with a rush of cars in various directions.
Except for the Starbucks across the street from the open terminal, the bus lot and light rail terminal are barren and lack retail life.
Nevertheless, Office Depot store and a few restaurants at F65 (the convenience mall across from the terminal) are helpful. The Starbucks and Pita Pit offer drinks and a decent lunch, respectively.
“I don’t recommend our residents even go to the light rail station,”explains the manager of The Element, a student housing complex across from Target on 4th Avenue. It’ just too dangerous, she adds.
Along with the busy car traffic on 65th St., much of the sidewalk areas of the short walk to the station are poorly lit and inadequately recessed from the onramps to HWY 50.
A number of bicycle commuters have begun using 69th St. from Folsom Blvd. to get to Target or, a block further, to the restaurants on Broadway. However, that detour around the light rail station is even more poorly lit than the busy 65th St. corridor.
A city bus leaves the 65th St. Rail terminal
CVS Health open to 7PM weekdays
Alvin Oralla, the pharmacy manager at CVS Health at the Target store at 6507 4th Avenue beams down from his brightly lit customer where he prepared drug orders.
Open to 7 PM on weekdays and to 4 PM on weekends, the pharmacy and Target store near the HWY 50 onramp is a key commercial partner for the Upper East Sac neighborhood.
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