SacRT Initiatives

April 4, 2019 General

SacRT Forward (route optimization project)

The focus of the new network is bus routes that serve major corridors that will lead to economic growth and reduce traffic congestion. Adjustments have been made to almost every route, some minor and some much more substantial, which will provide better frequency, more weekend service and new and improved schedules.

Service Implementation Expected: Sunday, September 8, 2019

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Modernization of Light Rail System

SacRT was awarded $150 million in funding to modernize the light rail fleet, including the purchase of 20 new low-floor light rail trains, low-floor stations, and double-tracking in Folsom that will provide better accessibility to passengers with disabilities, bicycles, and strollers, and help reduce traffic congestion on the busy Highway 50 corridor. In addition, it will save SacRT money in high maintenance and repair costs that are associated with keeping light rail cars in service past their 30-year useful life.

Service Implementation Expected: June 2021

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SmaRT Ride

SacRT is among the first few transit agencies in the nation to implement microtransit on-demand service. Service operates in the Citrus Heights – Orangevale – Antelope, and Franklin – South Sacramento communities. Thanks to SmaRT Ride’s overwhelming success, the Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA) awarded SacRT $12 million to expand SmaRT Ride into additional communities.

Service Implementation Expected: Expansion to downtown/midtown in June 2019, the Gerber community in August 2019, and the remaining service areas to be rolled out in phases through the end of 2019.

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BRT (high capacity bus service)

Portions of intersections along congested corridors where buses interact with other traffic, will be dedicated to bus only sections and some signal prioritization for bus rapid transit bus service along key economic development corridors, including Stockton Boulevard, Florin Road, Sunrise Boulevard, and Watt Avenue.

Service Implementation Expected: Currently in the planning phase


UC Davis Shuttle Service

SacRT received $12 million in funding from Electrify America to purchase 12 zero emission buses to implement frequent zero emission bus service between UC Davis and downtown Sacramento in partnership with UC Davis and Yolobus.

Service Implementation Expected: Early 2020

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Airport Shuttle Service

10 EVs with 15-minute service frequency from downtown Sacramento to the Sacramento International Airport.

Service Implementation Expected: Spring 2020


University/65th Street and Florin/Meadowview Light rail Station TODs

Progressed transit oriented development (TOD) investments that have been 30 years in the making. Signed a purchase sale agreement for properties at University/65th Street Station (Symphony Development), Arden Way (Community Housing Works) and Cemo Circle (USA Properties).

Service Implementation Expected: Continuous


Dos Rios Light Rail Station

SacRT was awarded $17.6 million from the Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative Climate Communities program, which will be used for the construction of the Dos Rios light rail station in the River District.

Service Implementation Expected: 2022

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Free Parking at Light Rail Stations

Effective March 1, 2019, all SacRT light rail station park-and-ride lots are free to park.


Light Rail Extension to Airport/Natomas Communities

The Green Line to the Airport project will extend light rail approximately 13 miles north from downtown Sacramento to the River District, the Natomas communities and the Sacramento International Airport.

Service Implementation Expected: Draft EIR completed. With funding, project could start in 2021.

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Light Rail Extension to Elk Grove

Extend the terminus of the Blue Line approximately two miles along Bruceville Road to Elk Grove Boulevard.

Service Implementation Expected: Currently in the planning phase