Skaters, bikers: A free pass to avoid the I-5 crunch

During the I-5 construction project, the Regional Parks Department is offering a free parking pass to allow commuters to park at Discovery Park or another American River Parkway facility, and cycle or skate to work in downtown Sacramento.

The pass will be valid Monday-Friday, and includes all County park facilities along the Parkway (excludes Hagan Park).

The Fix I-5 project is scheduled to begin on May 30 and expected to last until early July.

The commuter pass program will allow commuters to avoid many of the significant traffic issues that this major repair project will cause, as well as giving them a chance to come out and enjoy biking to work on the parkway for free,” said Jill Ritzman, deputy director of Regional Parks.

The application for this program is available on the Regional Parks home page at Complete the pass and return to  parkInfo@SacCounty.Net, and a printable pass with your name and license number will be returned to you quickly via email.
Applicants can also sign up for the pass via the telephone at (916) 875-6961. Passes should be printed and prominently displayed in your vehicle. Following are the list of guidelines for the Survive I-5 Commuter pass: – The pass is valid only during the I-5 construction period, Monday-Friday. No weekends. – Valid only for vehicle entry.

Authorities say the “Survive I-5 Commuter Pass Program” is a useful tool to allow downtown commuters to access alternative methods of downtown access. During or after this program, users will also be able to sign up for a Regional Parks PASSPORT. For $50, the PASSPORT allows users unlimited entry into the regional parks system for a year from the date of purchase.

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