The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) is the 2021 national APTA Outstanding Public Transportation System of the Year award recipient for accomplishment and innovations in public transportation, the 2021 and 2020 national APTA Rail Safety Gold Award recipient for its multi-faceted and innovative approach to reducing crime and fare evasion, and the 2019 national TSA Gold Standard Security Award recipient for the highest standard of excellence and is the largest regional transit provider in the capital of California (the 5th largest economy in the world), operating over 82 bus routes (fixed-route, microtransit and dial-a-ride) , 43 miles of light rail serving 53 light rail stations and ADA paratransit services all within a 440-square-mile service area throughout Sacramento County, which includes service in the cities of Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom and Rancho Cordova.
SacRT is committed to operating a world-class transit system with state-of-the-art service. Buses and light rail trains operate 365 days a year. Buses operate daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. every 12 to 60 minutes, depending on the route. Light rail trains begin operation at 4 a.m. with service every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes in the evening. Blue Line and Gold Line trains operate until 12:30 a.m. Green Line trains operate every 30 minutes, Monday through Friday, from approximately 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Annual ridership was approximately 23 million passengers in FY 2020 (pre-pandemic).
SacRT has undergone a historic transformation to optimize service, seek continuous and innovative mobility options, and bring greater value the diverse communities served. Over the last six years, there has been significant progress on SacRT's Journey to Excellence by improving fiscal stability - building reserves, attracting new riders, and heightening the commitment to providing clean, safe and convenient service for people who live, work, and play in the Sacramento region.
Serving the capital of a state leading on many technology and green infrastructure efforts, SacRT has partnered and embraced these innovations to foster a more dynamic transportation system. SacRT has become an industry leader in innovative mobility solutions, starting with the launch of one of the first and largest on-demand microtransit services in the nation called "SmaRT Ride." SacRT was also the first transit agency in the nation to implement an unrestricted system-wide fare-free program for youth in grades kindergarten through 12th; expanded our microtransit service SmaRT Ride to nine zones, making it one of the largest programs; annexed three cities' transit services into our service network (Citrus Heights, Elk Grove and Folsom); provided 10 Wi-Fi enabled buses during the start of the pandemic to address the digital divide in communities with limited high-speed internet access to support telehealth, telework and distance learning efforts; and after a two-year public engagement process, implemented SacRT Forward, a comprehensive system-wide bus network redesign; launched a two new express bus services, Causeway Connection, connecting the cities of Davis and Sacramento, and an Airport Express bus using zero emission electric vehicles; and after more than 30 years of contracting, SacRT transitioned the operation of ADA paratransit and non-ADA demand response service back in-house, called SacRT GO.