The RydeFreeRT program offers fare-free transit for youth and students in grades TK – 12. With RydeFreeRT, youth can ride the entire SacRT transit network, including SacRT buses, light rail, and SmaRT Ride on-demand microtransit service. RydeFreeRT is available all day, any day of the week, and all year long during regular SacRT service hours. Take it to school, to work, or anywhere our transit system travels!
At present, the program is set to run for one year from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.
Most students will automatically receive a sticker with their valid student ID. Youth who are experiencing homelessness or taking part in foster programs will also be allowed to participate in the fare-free student/youth pass program, regardless of current residence or school address.
For students and youth not attending a participating school, check with your local library or visit SacRT’s Customer Service and Sales Center, 1225 R Street (adjacent to the 13th Street Light Rail Station). Stickers are valid for one year of fare-free travel on SacRT, beginning Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
The RydeFreeRT program is the result of Sacramento City Councilmember Jay Schenirer’s efforts to combat chronic absenteeism in schools and offer youth more options for transportation to and from after-school jobs. The City of Sacramento will provide SacRT with $1 million to counter revenue loss for the year-long program. A portion of those funds will come from Measure U, which in part supports youth services and programming. Additional funding will come from other cities and school districts participating in the program.
The RydeFreeRT program hopes to create lifelong public transit riders by instilling the habit at a young age. More transit riders could lead to improved quality of life for all — more time to relax and less time in traffic— as well as have a positive impact on the environment in the long run.
This program was made possible with financial contributions and in-kind support from:
Sacramento Public Library
Center Unified School District
Elk Grove Unified School District
Folsom Cordova Unified School District
Natomas Unified School District
Robla School District
Sacramento City Unified School District
Sacramento County Office of Education
San Juan Unified School District
Twin Rivers Unified School District
City of Citrus Heights
City of Folsom
City of Rancho Cordova