SacRT Launches Express Bus Service to the Airport

January 6, 2020 RT News

The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) has launched a new bus route with service between downtown Sacramento and the Sacramento International Airport. The new route 142 operates seven days a week every 20 to 30 minutes combined with Yolobus downtown/airport routes 42A and 42B.

“Airport express bus service is an easy, affordable way to avoid parking fees and ride-hailing surge pricing,” said SacRT General Manager/CEO Henry Li. “This is a great solution to provide a frequent mobility option from downtown Sacramento to the airport while we pursue additional funding to extend the Green Line light rail to the airport.”

“Yolobus has been providing hourly service from downtown Sacramento to the airport for years, but this new partnership with SacRT will make it much more convenient for riders,” said Yolobus Executive Director Terry Bassett. “We have heard from our riders that they value more frequent bus service, this is a great step forward.”

There are several downtown drop-off and pickup locations along J Street, L Street and Capitol in downtown Sacramento with direct service to Terminals A and B at the Sacramento International Airport. The new bus route 142 starts service as early as 3:24 a.m. and operates just past midnight.

“We are thrilled SacRT has started bus service to SMF,” says Sacramento County Airports Director Cindy Nichol. “This has been a long desired service for our passengers and a great connector between downtown and the airport.”

“Under the leadership of Henry Li, SacRT has emerged as a leader in building transit ridership and finding creative, environmentally sustainable ways to move more people,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “This new bus line to the airport is an important step in that evolution.”

“With the traffic congestion along I-5, the cost of parking and ride-hail surge pricing, this new frequent bus service is going to be a game changer to help people get to and from the airport,” said Sacramento County Supervisor and SacRT Board Chair Patrick Kennedy.

“SacRT has worked tirelessly this last year to make major service improvements for the community and this new express airport bus service is another example of their commitment to more mobility options,” said Sacramento Councilmember and SacRT Incoming Chair Steve Hansen.

“The new airport express bus service from SacRT and Yolobus is a great step forward for the Sacramento region,” said Sacramento Area Council of Governments Executive Director James Corless. “Access to the airport is a vital transportation link for economic prosperity and more frequent bus service will help reduce congestion on one of our busiest stretches of freeway.”

SacRT is offering free rides on the Route 142 until Friday, January 31 to celebrate the new airport express route. Yolobus is also offering free rides on Routes 42A and 42B that go between downtown and the airport. Starting Saturday, February 1, the cost will be $2.50 for a single ride, $1.25 for discount eligible riders or free for students in grades TK through 12. For Yolobus Routes 42A and 42B, the cost is $2.25 per trip, $1 for discount eligible riders and free for students.

Visit SacrtAirport.com for a map and schedule.