Student Fare-Free Transit Pass Program
For more information. Please visit RydeFreeRT.com
SacRT has partnered with the City of Sacramento and other cities and school districts within our service area to offer free fare for students in grades TK through 12 to ride SacRT bus and light rail vehicles. All students within SacRT’s service boundaries are eligible for the RydeFreeRT program.
The RydeFreeRT program offers fare-free transit for youth and students on the entire SacRT network starting on October 1, 2019. The program is set to run for one year from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.
This initiative provides youth universal access to ride SacRT buses, light rail, and SmaRT Ride microtransit service. The program is available all day, any day of the week, and all year during regular SacRT service hours, and is signified by a special sticker on a student ID.
Most students will automatically receive a sticker with their valid student ID this year. Stickers are good for one year of fare-free travel on SacRT, beginning October 1, 2019. If your school does not supply a student ID, students may obtain a RydeFreeRT card at any Sacramento Public library.
What are the program benefits?
- Ability for students in TK through 12 to have easy access to fare-free public transportation year-round
- Eliminates obstacles for youth to getting to and from school, internships, and other enrichment activities
- Provides equitable investment in receiving a good education
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion
- Improves school attendance
- Expands awareness and value of public transit
Who is eligible to ride for free?
How to get a RydeFreeRT Pass
Many schools will offer a student pass sticker that will be attached to a student’s school issued ID card. For students grades TK – 6, the school will provide a special bus pass with a sticker already on it. Please inquire with the school administrative office.
If a school does not provide the passes or stickers on campus, students can go to any Sacramento Public Library, present a school ID, and receive a sticker. Students in grades TK – 6 will be given a pass and sticker. To find your local library, visit saclibrary.org.
For students grades 7 – 12 who do not have a student ID, they must go to the SacRT Customer Service Center (1225 R Street) to get a valid student ID and sticker.
Additionally, homeless and/or foster youth age 18 and under are eligible regardless of whether or not they have an ID card.