SacRT is offering free rides Saturday in celebration of Earth Day
The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) is providing free rides on Saturday, April 22, 2023, in celebration of Earth Day. Especially for residents who want to participate in one of the city’s “Great Sacramento Clean-Up” events.
No flyer is needed to ride free. Just board any SacRT service and go. That includes fixed-route bus, light rail and SacRT GO paratransit services.
Clean-ups are scheduled at 10 spots in parks and near local waterways Saturday morning, April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is open to individual volunteers or groups. Minors under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Tools to clean litter will be provided.
For more information and sign-ups, go to the website at: www.cityofsacramento.org/earthday
“We are excited for folks to join us for Earth Day,” said the City of Sacramento’s Climate Action Lead Jennifer Venema. “These cleanups help us keep debris out of our waterways and reduce the risks of flooding in our neighborhoods and streets. We encourage everyone to come out and participate and take advantage of SacRT’s free rides to get to and from the events.”
Why is SacRT participating? This year marks the 53rd-year Earth Day has been celebrated in the United States, and the agency believes communal care for the environment is more important than ever.
“Earth Day volunteer activities perfectly fit the spirit of our mission at SacRT,” SacRT spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez said. “Our goal is to make it easier for Sacramentans to do their part in creating a healthier earth. That means reducing our reliance on fossil fuel-based transportation, which is the single biggest source of air pollution in California.”
Just one light rail train car can take 150 automobiles off the road, and one bus can take 60 cars off the road. SacRT light rail vehicles are powered entirely by electricity and most of its buses run on compressed natural gas (CNG), which produces fewer pollutants. SacRT has also begun the multi-year process of transitioning its bus fleet to electricity-based and possibly some other form of zero-emission energy.
Also on Saturday, SacRT’s outreach team will be at the South Natomas Community Center for the “Our Planet, Our Home” Earth Day event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The center is located at 2921 Truxel Road.
And on Sunday, April 23, SacRT is partnering with the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) to provide free rides to Sacramento Earth Day at Southside Park. Riders will need a flyer to ride free. For event details, visit ecosacramento.net.
To ride SacRT free, simply print or screenshot the free ride flyer, visit sacrt.com/freerideflyer.
Here is the list of city-sponsored clean-up sites for Saturday:
- Del Paso Regional Park, 3565 Auburn Blvd.
- San Juan Reservoir Park, 3320 West Witter Way
- Miller Park, 2701 Marina View Dr.
- Matsui Park, 450 Jibboom St.
- Promenade area along Sacramento River, 1400 Front St.
- William Chorley Park, 7063 20th St.
- Granite Regional Park, 8200 Ramona Ave.
- North Laguna Trail at Jacinto Creek Park, 8600 W Stockton Blvd.
For landscaping and beautification help, volunteers are needed at two sites:
- Robla Community Park, 625 Bell Ave.
- William Land Park, 3853 18th St.
Learn more at sacrt.com/earthday or call 916-321-BUSS (2877).