SacRT Urges Public to Try Transit for National Get On Board Day

April 25, 2019 RT News

The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) is encouraging the public to try riding buses and light rail trains today for National Get On Board Day.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2019 National Get On Board Day encourages people to support public transportation and showcases the benefits it brings to communities.

SacRT is offering free rides on light rail and buses for riders with a free ride flyer, which is available at sacrt.com/getonboard. Riders must present the flyer to the bus operator or to a SacRT fare inspection staff upon request, a paper copy or on a mobile device is accepted.

“With gas prices on the rise, this is a perfect time to try taking bus and light rail to save money,” said SacRT General Manger/CEO Henry Li. “We recently launched a number of ridership incentives including reducing fares, eliminating parking fees at our park and ride lots and adding 15-minute light rail service on weekends.”

“Public transportation helps people save money, helps the environment and helps improve the local economy,” said SacRT Board Chair and Sacramento County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy. “Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization.”

Last year, approximately 21 million trips were taken using SacRT light rail and/or buses.

Get On Board with SacRT:

  • One SacRT light rail train car can take 100 automobiles off the road and one bus can take 60 vehicles off the road
  • Every $1 invested in public transportation generates $4 in economic returns
  • $1 billion invested in public transportation supports and creates over 50,000 jobs
  • Home values located near high-frequency public transit performed 42% better than the region as a whole
  • A household can save nearly $10,000 by taking public transportation and living with one less car
  • Traveling by public transportation is 10 times safer per mile than traveling by automobile