About SacRT’s Accessible Services
Sacramento Regional Transit is committed to providing accessible, reliable, safe and convenient transportation to persons with disabilities and seniors. Insuring all riders equal transportation opportunities is the focus of SacRT’s Accessible Services Department. SacRT affirms the principles of equality and inclusion for persons with disabilities as set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which includes access to public transportation.
The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) is committed to providing safe, reliable, efficient, accessible, and user-friendly service to its customers. To ensure quality and fairness, SacRT is committed to making reasonable modifications to its policies, practices, and procedures to avoid discrimination and ensure programs and services are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Requests for modifications can be made by contacting the ADA Compliance Officer, (formerly Accessible Services Director) in Accessible Services at (916) 321-BUSS (2877), Option 2 then Option 1 or by emailing email@example.com. Customers may also contact Customer Advocacy at (916) 321-BUSS (2877), Option 3 then Option 6. Link to download SacRT's Reasonable Modification Request Form and policy here.
SacRT Go Paratransit Services
SacRT began operating paratransit services on Sunday, June 28, 2020. The service is called SacRT GO Paratransit Services.
For all information and services related to SacRT GO call 916 321-BUSS (2877), select option #2, for Reservations select option #2 again. The reservations line is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Passengers can schedule up to two days prior to when they want to take their trip, however they must be scheduled up to 5:00 p.m. the day before.
SacRT GO will operate whenever the Fixed Route Service or Light Rail service operates depending on the routes. Currently, the service can start as early 4:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. (Blue Line).
All previous policies for ADA paratransit service and Non-ADA service remain in effect, SacRT GO is providing both services.
Visit SacRTGO.com to learn more.
Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) terminated its contract with Paratransit, Inc. (PI) to provide paratransit services for elderly and disabled residents, including services that fulfill SacRT's federal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The contract expired on June 30, 2019 and after several months of discussions, both organizations agreed to transition the provision of these services back to SacRT.
SacRT GO Paratransit Services began operating on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Visit sacrtgo.com SacRTGO.com to learn more.
For more information, contact SacRT's Accessible Services Department at 916-557-4685 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All SacRT buses are low floor vehicles equipped with ramps and a kneeling feature that allows the bus operator to lower the bus. The ramp is deployed for patrons using mobility devices, as well as for persons with mobility related issues. (Please note: Buses operated by the Community Bus Service Division are equipped with lifts, not ramps.) If you do not use a mobility device, but would still like to use the ramp or need to have the bus kneeled to facilitate your boarding or exiting the bus, make sure to notify the operator. Your safety is our first priority. The mobility device securement area has space for two mobility devices. SacRT bus operators are REQUIRED TO SECURE ALL WHEELCHAIRS, at a minimum of three securement points where SacRT’s equipment is capable. Where the securement system is not capable of satisfactorily securing or restraining a passenger’s wheelchair, the Operator is required to explain this to the passenger and recommend that they transfer to a regular seat if they are able. Passengers who refuse the three point securement will not be allowed to ride. Both mobility device positions are equipped with safety lap and shoulder securement straps. SacRT recommends users of mobility devices wear the lap and shoulder belt provided as part of the securement system, which the bus operator will help you with upon request. The seat belts are intended to give additional stability and bracing opportunity in the event of unforeseen sudden stops or other bus movements.
Patrons may also request assistance from the bus operator with boarding and exiting the vehicle, repositioning the bus if there is an obstruction at the bus stop, inserting fare payment or swiping/tapping fare media at the fare box. Scooter type mobility devices (three-wheeled scooters) are top heavy and may become unstable during transport. For your safety, it is recommended that you transfer off your scooter and onto a bus seat.
By law, seats at the front of the bus are designated as priority seats for persons with disabilities and seniors. Announcements will periodically be made to request that other passengers vacate the priority seating. Federal law requires that operators request passengers (who are non-disabled) to vacate priority seating when needed.
The wheelchair location usually overlaps with designated priority seats. The Operator is REQUIRED to ask any persons occupying any seats in the wheelchair area to vacate those seats in order to accommodate passengers using a wheelchair. The Operator may only respectfully ask, and encourage passengers to relinquish seats.*A "Wheelchair" or a "Mobility Device" is defined as a mobility aid belonging to any class of three-or-more wheeled devices, usable indoors, designed or modified for and used by individuals with mobility impairments, whether operated manually or powered.
Stop announcements are provided for the benefit of all SacRT customers, including passengers with visual impairments. Vehicles are equipped with automated announcements that activate at the route stops to inform passengers of the bus location. Announcements are also made at frequent intervals to notify passengers of approaching stops, transfer points, major intersections, destination points and intervals along the route. In addition, all specifically requested stops will be announced by the operator.
External stop announcements also identify the route at all stops. If this system is not available, or is inoperable, then the operator must use the internal and external announcement feature of the on-board public address (PA) system. If neither alternative is available or operable, then the operator must make these required announcements using his or her own voice loudly and clearly.
All light rail stations have ramps or lifts for mobility device accessibility except the 12th & I Station where only north-bound trains to Watt/I-80 are accessible. Please allow enough time to reach the waiting area at the top of the ramp or lift before the train arrives. To assist visually-impaired passengers, there are detectable warning tiles and door indicators at all light rail stations. Stations and vehicles contain raised-print and Braille signage, and fare vending machines are equipped with tactile and audio instructions. If you need assistance or a demonstration regarding accessible features of SacRT light rail vehicles, call SacRT's Accessible Services Department for information at (916) 557-4545 or by emailing email@example.com.
Move your mobility device to the top of the boarding ramp and stop behind the yellow detectable warning strip. Please allow enough time to reach the waiting area at the top of the ramp or lift before the train arrives. After the train has stopped, the operator will open the door and lower the access platform. Inform the operator where you want to get off, and if all spaces are taken and you will need assistance to exit. Move to the designated mobility device area and secure your brakes. If you are in the entryway, please back up to the train operator’s compartment wall and set your mobility device brakes. If you board a CAF light rail vehicle, with the wider aisles, and are riding in the rear of the car, please start moving forward to the exit prior to arrival at your stop so you are prepared to de-board.
Two seats at the front of the first light rail car are designated as priority seats for persons who are disabled and seniors. Federal law requires that operators request passengers (who are non-disabled) to vacate priority seating when needed.
SacRT is committed to taking reasonable measures to ensure all members of the public are able to utilize SacRT’s public transportation service and facilities with ease and comfort. Service animals provide important assistance to individuals with disabilities and are welcome at SacRT facilities and on board SacRT buses and light rail vehicles.
What is a service animal?
- A service animal is a guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. An individual may have more than one service animal.
- A SacRT representative may ask (1) if the animal is a service animal required because of disability and (2) what task the animal has been trained to perform. However, a service animal requires no special tag, identification, certification, papers, harness, vest, cape, or pass.
- A service animal must always be under the control of the handler. A service animal must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered unless these devices interfere with the service animal's work or the person's disability prevents use of these devices. In that case, the person must use voice, signal, or other effective means to maintain control of the animal.
- SacRT may refuse to transport service animals that are deemed to pose a direct threat to the health or safety of drivers or other riders, create a seriously disruptive atmosphere, or are otherwise not under a passenger’s control. An individual is not denied access if their service animal is denied access.
What are examples of specific work or tasks that service animals are trained to perform?
- Guiding individuals with visual impairments
- Alerting individuals who are hard of hearing or deaf to intruders or sounds
- Providing minimal protection or rescue work
- Pulling a wheelchair
- Fetching dropped items for an individual with a disability
- Alerting individuals with seizure disorders to an oncoming seizure, or responding to a seizure
- Reminding individuals with depression or other psychiatric conditions to take their medication
- Sensing an anxiety attack is about to happen and taking specific action to help avoid or lessen the impact of the attack (commonly known as a “psychiatric service animal”)
What is not a service animal?
- Pets are not service animals
- Emotional support, therapy, comfort, and companion animals are not service animals. “Emotional support, therapy, comfort, and companion animals” refer to when an animal’s only function is to provide emotional support or comfort just by being with a person. Such animals do not qualify as service animals under the ADA because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task.
Are non-service animals allowed on SacRT buses and light rail vehicles?
- In accordance with SacRT’s Ordinance Prohibiting Specific Acts Committed In or On RT Vehicles or Facilities, non-service animals are permitted on SacRT vehicles if the animal is: (1) in a completely enclosed and secured cage or carrying case which is small enough to fit on the person’s lap; and (2) the animal does not otherwise endanger or annoy other persons.
- Violations of SacRT’s rules for transporting non-service animals are subject to a fine not to exceed $75 for the first offense and $250 or community service for subsequent offenses.
ADA paratransit operates seven days a week, including holidays and mirrors service within a ¾ mile radius of an active SacRT route or light rail station.
When taking an ADA paratransit trip, you should allow as much time from the origin to the destination as the same trip would take using a SacRT bus and/or light rail train, this includes time to get to the bus stop and transfers.
Exact fare of $5.00 for each one-way trip is required upon boarding; drivers do not give change. Two limited ride paratransit monthly pass options are available, each cost $137.50.
A "Visitor" is an individual with a disability who does not reside in SacRT’s service area. Visitors who present documentation that they have been ADA paratransit certified in the jurisdiction in which they reside, shall be provided ADA paratransit service in SacRT’s service area. Visitors that are unable to present ADA paratransit eligibility documentation will be required to provide proof of place of residence and, if the visitor’s disability is not apparent, of his or her disability.
For more information on Visitor Status with SacRT, call 916.321.BUSS (2877). At the time of making your trip request, let the reservationist know that you are visiting from another area and include which ADA paratransit system you have been certified for, if applicable. SacRT will provide ADA paratransit services to a visitor for at least 21 days within a 365-day period, beginning with the visitor’s first use of the service. If the visitor decides to stay for longer than 21-days, the visitor can apply to be registered for SacRT ADA paratransit services. Application information is available below.
Click here to download the ADA Paratransit Application*
SacRT's ADA paratransit Service documents are presented in Adobe Acrobat format.
To download and install the free Acrobat Reader please visit the Adobe site.
If you would like a copy of the application for ADA paratransit services, please contact us at (916) 557-4685 or (916) 557-4686 TTY or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADA paratransit information can be provided to you in a variety of accessible formats such as diskette/CD, audio tape, braille, or large print. If you need any of the ADA paratransit written information provided to you in one of these accessible formats, please contact the Accessible Services Department at (916) 321-2877, Option 2 then Option 1.
*Note: In order for the ADA Paratransit Interactive Application file to be fully interactive you must download it to your computer and not view in the browser window
This application form is in Adobe PDF format and must be downloaded to become interactive. For best viewing and full function of the application, you must use Adobe Acrobat Reader (v.8 or better), which is free for download. Once Acrobat Reader is installed, you can simply click on the link, open the file, drop your curser in the first highlighted field and tab and mouse click through the fields, filling out the form as you go, printing the pages from your computer. The filled out information can now be saved in Acrobat Reader to your computer, so you can save the information and return later to finish filling out the form.
Please note that the last two pages must be printed blank and filled out by a medical professional.