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Sacramento Regional Transit District
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Founded April 1, 1973
Headquarters 1225 R Street
Locale Sacramento, California
Service area Sacramento and Sacramento County
Service type Bus and light rail
Routes 93 (bus)
2 (light rail)
Stops 3,674[1]
Hubs 25 transit centers
18 park and ride lots[2]
Stations 47 (light rail)[3]
Fleet 272 buses
76 LRVs
Daily ridership 32 million (annually)[4]
Fuel type CNG, Diesel-electric hybrid
Operator RT
Web site http://www.sacrt.com

The Sacramento Regional Transit District, commonly referred to as the RT, is the agency responsible for public transportation in the Sacramento, California area. It was established on April 1, 1973, as a result of the acquisition of the Sacramento Transit Authority.

The RT operates a large light rail system and connecting bus service in the Sacramento area, covering 418 sq mi (1,082.6 km2).

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History

RT began operations on April 1, 1973, with the acquisition of the Sacramento Transit Authority. Later that year RT completed a new maintenance facility and purchased 103 buses.

Over the next decade RT continued to expand bus service to the growing Sacramento Region while a cooperative effort emerged among city, county and state government officials to develop a light rail system. In 1987 the 18.3-mile light rail “starter line” opened, linking the northeastern (Interstate 80) and eastern (Highway 50) corridors with Downtown Sacramento. As light rail ridership increased, RT continued to expand the light rail system. RT completed its first light rail expansion along the Highway 50 corridor in September 1998 with the opening of the Mather Field/Mills Station. Five years later (September 2003) RT opened the first phase of the South Line, a 6.3-mile extension to South Sacramento. In June 2004, light rail was extended from the Mather Field/Mills station to Sunrise Boulevard, and on October 15, 2005 a 7.4-mile extension from the Sunrise station to the city of Folsom was opened.

In December of 2006, the final leg of the Amtrak/Folsom project was extended .7 mile to the downtown Sacramento Valley Station, connecting light rail with Amtrak inter-city and Capitol Corridor services as well as local and commuter buses. Within the next several years, RT plans to extend light rail beyond Meadowview in South Sacramento to Cosumnes River College and north to Sacramento International Airport. RT currently operates 97 bus routes in a 418 square mile service area.

RT is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors composed of members of the Sacramento, Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, and Folsom City Councils as well as members of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. The fiscal year 2006 operating budget is $148.54 million, with a capital budget of $15.4 million.

RT employs a work force of approximately 1,163 people, 80 percent of whom are dedicated to operations and maintenance of the bus and light rail systems. RT operates three maintenance and operations facilities – one for buses at 29th and N Streets, one for the Community Bus Service at McClellan Park, and one for the light rail system at 2700 Academy Way in North Sacramento.

Fares

As of September 1, 2009, bus fares are $2.50 for Adults (Ages 18–65) and $1.25 for Discount prices (Children Ages 5–18, Seniors 65+). Discount fares apply to passengers with a proper ID. Monthly passes allow a passenger to ride unlimited times on the bus and light rail for that month only. The price for a Monthly Pass for an adult is $100. The price for a Monthly Pass for a discount passenger is $50. Light rail fares are the same as bus fares. Seniors that are 75 years or up can obtain a Super Senior Monthly Sticker for $40 has the same effect as a monthly pass.

Sacramento Transit Bus at Mather Field/Mills LRT Station

Bus service

Since 2004, with the exception of some neighborhood shuttle vans (see #The Neighborhood Ride below), the bus fleet has consisted exclusively of Orion V standard-floor and Orion VII low-floor coaches powered by compressed natural gas. The RT system operates 97 bus routes, as of 2008, with service between 5:00 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. daily. Frequencies range between every 15 and 80 minutes (some express buses run only a few times a day). Since light rail has opened, buses have generally acted as feeders to light rail routes.

The RT system does not provide service to Sacramento International Airport. Service between downtown Sacramento and the airport is instead provided on an hourly basis by the Yolobus system.[5]

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Bus fleet (February 2008)

  • 235 40-foot (12,192 mm) long
  • 15 31-foot (9,449 mm) long
  • 1 40-foot (12,192 mm) long, Holiday Bus

Most popular bus routes

The numbers provided are average weekday boardings.

  • Route 51 Broadway/Stockton 3,750[6]
  • Route 81 Florin/65th 3,400[6]
  • Route 67/68 Florin/Arden 3,300[6]

Light rail

Sacramento RT Light Rail
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Locale Sacramento, CA
Transit type Light rail, bus
Daily ridership 110,600[7]
Website http://www.sacrt.com/
Operation
Began operation March 12, 1987
Operator(s) Sacramento Regional Transit District
Technical
System length 37.42 mi (60.22 km) (light rail)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) (standard gauge)
Electrification Overhead lines, 750 V DC
Route map
Sacramento RT light rail map.png

RT operates a 37.42-mile (60.22 km) light rail system, with two lines, 45 stations, and 76 vehicles (Siemens AG Duewag U2A vehicles and more modern CAF Light Rail Vehicles (LRV)).[8] There are 76 vehicles in the entire fleet. Lines on the system operate from 4:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. daily, with service every 15 minutes in the day and every 30 minutes at night. The light rail system, with 58,200 daily boardings, is the ninth busiest in the United States.

Most popular light rail stations

Numbers provided are average weekday "on & offs"

  • St. Rose of Lima Park 10,100[9]
  • 16th Street 6,500[10]
  • Watt/I-80-29th Street 4,600[11]

Blue Line - Watt/I-80-Downtown-Meadowview Line

A Siemens LRV in downtown Sacramento

Gold Line - Downtown-Sunrise Folsom Line

Future projects

Future plans include a light rail line from the Sacramento Valley Station to the Sacramento International Airport via the neighborhood of North Natomas. A planned extension to Roseville, once a top priority, has been on the back burner for years. Extensions to Davis, Elk Grove, Woodland and other locations are shown on the 20-year plan. In December 2007, Regional Transit committed to completing the extension from the Sacramento Valley Station to Richards Blvd by 2010 which would take it through the planned Railyards project and extend it to the also planned Township 9 development.

Meadowview to Cosumnes River College

Construction on the Phase 2 plan for the South line extension is currently planned to begin in Spring 2011.[12] It will go as far south as Cosumes River College. Originally a planned extension all the way to the city of Elk Grove, the line will end at the college due to four changes to address feedback from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on land use and station accessibility. These changes include a new station at Morrison Creek (half-way between Meadowview and Franklin), improved pedestrian access to Franklin and Center Parkway stations, the elimination of certain design options, and a 2000 car parking structure to replace previously planned surface parking at Cosumnes River College. California's current financial crisis also contributed to the decision to terminate the line at the college. The line might be extended further as part of a possible Phase 3.[13]

Paratransit

To meet the requirements of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, the RT established a Paratransit service in 1993, which is a door-to-door service for the disabled.

The Neighborhood Ride

In 2006, RT created a new division internally known as "Community Bus Service". Known to the ridership as "The Neighborhood Ride"

The Neighborhood Ride
  • The Neighborhood Ride shuttles are smaller buses (approximately 35 feet or less in length) that offer residents greater mobility and new transit options on local intra-community trips.
  • The Neighborhood Ride shuttles have regular, pre-designated, pre-scheduled routes, but offer special curb-to-curb service (not to be confused with ADA/paratransit door-to-door service). The shuttles are able to "deviate" travel off route up to ¾ of a mile to pick up and drop off seniors, age 62 and older, and disabled passengers who have a valid ADA/paratransit pass
  • Passengers pay only $1.10 per trip (55 cents for passengers paying a discount fare). RT monthly passes, daily passes, and transfers are also accepted. Passengers with valid ADA/paratransit passes ride free.
  • All passengers (except for Lifetime Pass holders), including those with valid ADA/paratransit passes, must pay an additional $1.10 for a route deviation.
  • Marked bus stops are located along the route and printed schedules are available at several locations around Sacramento and on Regional Transit's Web site.
  • Each shuttle can transport 12-17 passengers and up to two wheelchairs.

Fleet Images

See also

References

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