SacRT Celebrates 50 Years
Our Golden Anniversary
April 1, 2023 marked SacRT’s 50th anniversary of operation, and we’re celebrating this important milestone by looking back at our history and celebrating what is still to come.
SacRT has played an integral role in generations of Sacramentans and has been woven into the fabric of daily life across the Sacramento region.
To kick-off the celebration, SacRT offered Free Transit Tuesdays on fixed-route bus and light rail every Tuesday during the month of April 2023, on April 4, April 11, April 18 and April 25.
We hosted public pop-up events at different light rail stations and transit centers across the region during April and May. In April, SacRT launched a special 50th anniversary edition bus and light rail train. Make sure to step on board for an immersive experience, as both the bus and train feature decals dotted with QR codes that will virtually connect riders to stories and videos about our history and achievements.
50 Years Ago:
In 1973, a loaf of bread cost 27 cents, a gallon of gas cost 38 cents and a single trip on the bus cost 25 cents.
In April of the same year, the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) began operation, taking over for the City owned Sacramento Transit Authority.
On The Page:
- SacRT Milestones Timeline
- SacRT by the Decades
- 50th Anniversary Events
- Share Your SacRT Story
- Play SacRT’s Transit Trivia
- Blog Post: A great agency is made up of great employees. Meet SacRT veterans Anita, Joyce, and Bonifacio
- Blog Post: Sacramento Regional Transit turns 50 this year. We’re sharing the experience from those who were there.
- 50 Year Edition Bus and Train Schedule
SacRT Milestones Timeline
SacRT by the Decades
- 1973 – 1979: Regional Transit is Born
- 1980 – 1989: Light Rail Rolls
- 1990 – 1999: The Growth Years
- 2000 – 2009: Boom Becomes Bust
- 2010 – 2019: SacRT Builds Back
- 2020 – 2023: Redefining “Modern” Transit
50th Anniversary Events
To honor our history and, most importantly, to say “thank you” to all of you who we serve, SacRT held pop-up events at light rail stations and transit center throughout the month of April and May 2023.
We plan to continue celebrating our 50th Anniversary throughout the year and plan to hold larger community events in the coming months to showcase our new low-floor light rail trains.
Share Your SacRT Story
We would love to hear your story about your first-time riding SacRT or a special memory you have. Click the button to complete an online form.
Play SacRT’s Transit Trivia!
How well do you know the Sacramento Regional Transit District? Try our 50th Anniversary Transit Trivia quiz
If you score 100% on this quiz, you will be entered for a chance to win a prize. Scores will be provided after you submit your answers.
Blog Post: A great agency is made up of great employees. Meet SacRT veterans Anita, Joyce, and Bonifacio
The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) is a seasoned and experienced agency with a 50-year record of public service. If you look under the hood, you’ll see why: it’s because of our employees.
Our SacRT employee ranks are over 1,300 strong, some of whom have worked here for two, three, and even four decades. No celebration of our 50th anniversary in business would be possible without them.
Here is a visit with three of the SacRT team’s longest-tenured employees, each of whom brings a distinct personality and energy to the job. And, a combined 111 years of service. Read more.
Blog Post: Sacramento Regional Transit turns 50 this year. We’re sharing the experience from those who were there.
For 50 years, SacRT has knitted the capital region together, taking millions of riders where they need to go, from downtown Sacramento to old town Folsom, from Elk Grove to Citrus Heights, and to hundreds of points in between.
It’s a rich history of service, innovation and perseverance, all of it amid growth booms, major recessions and even a health pandemic. In short, a heck of a ride, and one we’re proud of.
But how and why did SacRT get its start? And why is it still going strong at the half-century mark when other Sacramento transit services before it came and went?
50 Year Edition Bus and Train Schedule
SacRT operates the 50 Year Anniversary train on certain lines to help community members locate the train and get on board. The 50 Year Anniversary train operates on the Blue Line on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and on the Gold Line on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. See the schedule for each line below. A special thank you to Siemens for sponsoring our train wrap.
Blue Line – Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
(check sacrt.com/schedules for complete Blue Line schedule)
Trip Leaving Watt/I-80 towards Cosumnes River College at: 4:42 a.m. (departs Swanston) 6:48 a.m. 9:03 a.m. 11:18 a.m. 1:33 p.m. 3:48 p.m. Trip Leaving Cosumnes River College for Watt/I-80 at: 5:41 a.m. 7:56 a.m. 10:11 a.m. 12:26 p.m. 2:41 p.m. 4:56 p.m.
Gold Line – Thursdays and Fridays
(check sacrt.com/schedules for complete Gold Line schedule)
Trip Leaving Sacramento Valley Station to Sunrise or Historic Folsom Stations at: 5:04 a.m. 6:49 a.m. 9:04 a.m. 10:49 a.m. 1:04 p.m. 2:49 p.m. 5:04 p.m. Trip Leaving Historic Folsom or Sunrise Stations to Sacramento Valley Stations at: 5:58 a.m. (Sunrise) 8:00 a.m. (Historic Folsom) 9:58 a.m. (Sunrise) 12:00 p.m. (Historic Folsom) 1:58 p.m. (Sunrise) 4:00 p.m. (Historic Folsom) 5:58 p.m. (Sunrise)
Gold Line – Saturdays
(check sacrt.com/schedules for complete schedule)
Trip Leaving Sacramento Valley Station to Sunrise or Historic Folsom Stations at: 5:49 a.m. 7:49 a.m. 10:04 a.m. 11:49 a.m. 2:04 p.m. 3:49 p.m. 6:04 p.m. Trip Leaving Historic Folsom or Sunrise Stations to Sacramento Valley Stations at: 6:43 a.m. (Sunrise) 9:00 a.m. (Historic Folsom) 10:58 a.m. (Sunrise) 1:00 p.m. (Historic Folsom) 2:58 p.m. (Sunrise) 5:00 p.m. (Historic Folsom) 6:58 p.m. (Sunrise)
50th Anniversary Bus
SacRT operated the 50 Year Anniversary bus on different routes every day in April to allow community members across the region enjoy the bus. A special thank you to Gillig for sponsoring our bus wrap.
Sharing our Story on Social Media
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