APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED – Join SacRT’s Inaugural Citizens Transit Academy: Classes will take place in July and August

June 10, 2019 General, SacRT in Community

SacRT’s Citizens Transit Academy is a four-class course designed to educate and engage residents, business and community leaders about SacRT’s planning process and how transit shapes our communities. Classes will be held once a week over a four-week period. The first Academy will be held this summer.

Applications will be accepted starting Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 21. SacRT will be looking for participants that live and work in communities throughout our service area. Academy participants will represent Sacramento’s diverse population, which may include a mix of students, business professionals, seniors, individuals with disabilities, appointed and elected officials, key stakeholders and community-minded individuals.

Graduates will be recognized as knowledgeable representatives for public transit and be encouraged to engage the community in conversations about the regions mobility needs.

Be the first! Go behind the scenes with SacRT!

SacRT’s free Academy includes presentations about public mass transit benefits; SacRT’s operations, budget and governance, and service improvements; Q & A; interactive discussions; individual action plan; and behind-the-scenes field trips to SacRT’s light rail and bus facilities. Presenters and speakers include SacRT management, ridership advocates, and local transit leaders.

Sound good? Read on for all the details you need to apply and participate.

The Academy runs July 18 to August 8 with four 2-hour evening sessions and one ½ day Saturday field trip.

Academy Schedule

  • Thursday, July 18, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 25, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 27  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (field trip includes box lunch stop)
  • Thursday, August 1, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 8, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Who is eligible to participate?

The Academy seeks applicants who are:

  1. Residents, business owners, community leaders, institutional representatives, and elected office holders from SacRT’s service area (Sacramento County).
  2. At least 18 years of age or older.
  3. Interested in promoting the benefits of public transit.

The application period is Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 21 for the summer 2019 Academy. Application submittal closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 21. Applications may be submitted online or dropped off/mailed to:

Sacramento Regional Transit District
Attention: Glenda Marsh
1400 29th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

Applications received after Friday, June 21 cannot be considered for the summer session.

Notification of Participation

Accepted applicants will be notified by Monday, June 24. Accepted applicants must be able to complete at least three of four evening sessions per the schedule above.

Applicant Evaluation Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on three criteria.

  1. Location of residence, business operation, or institution/organization within or serving the SacRT’s service area.
  2. Level and experience of involvement in community groups or organizations that benefit communities within the SacRT service area.
  3. Interest in applying what is learned in the Academy to promote the benefits of public mass transportation in the Sacramento region.

To best represent the diverse communities that SacRT serves, participants will be selected based on a cross representation of the above criteria. With limited space (up to 25), not all applicants will be able to participate in the summer session.

What is the cost of the academy?

SacRT is not charging a fee to participate. Instead, SacRT asks that participants, within two months of completion, share what they gained and learned with their community in order to continue and expand the transportation conversation, which is vital to our quality of life, and the well-being of our communities. Ideas for individual action plans will be discussed during the Academy sessions.

What will I learn about in the Academy sessions?

  • Why the benefits of public transit matter – for your household, your business, and the entire community;
  • How many new transportation initiatives such as on-demand service, autonomous and electric vehicles and SacRT’s own mobile apps will change the mobility landscape in the region;
  • How SacRT implements its management, governance, and budget;
  • How SacRT plans and operates transit service;
  • How SacRT’s service integrates with transportation in the Sacramento region; and
  • What on-the-street elements are needed for transit service placement

What is the Academy’s mission?

The mission of the Citizens Transit Academy is to educate and encourage partnerships between residents, transit riders, businesses, institutions, community leaders, and elected officials to strengthen delivery of a world-class transit system in the region that will reduce congestion, improve air quality, create jobs, attract talent, and retain a qualified workforce.

What are the Academy’s goals?

  • Raise participant awareness of public transit benefits, principles, operations, and resources;
  • Develop the leadership capacity of participants to promote positive engagement;
  • Increase academy participant collaboration and communication with SacRT, city, and county staff around public transit implementation and needs; and
  • Promote innovative mobility solutions that will help improve the quality of life for the residents that live, work and play in the Sacramento region.

What is the Academy’s philosophy?

SacRT believes businesses, riders, institutions, and community members and leaders are key partners in SacRT’s ability to deliver a safe, clean, and well connected mobility network. SacRT believes that open lines of communication and effective working relationships with our customers and communities will promote an engaged public, proactive resolution of concerns, and enjoyment of transit benefits for our daily lives and health. SacRT proudly offers the Citizens Transit Academy because it directly supports building a strong vision for our region, the priorities of our ridership, and the success of our business and institutional partners.


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For more information, contact:

Glenda Marsh
Citizens Transit Academy Coordinator