Sacramento Regional Transit District

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Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT)
Sacramento Regional Transit.svg
FoundedApril 1, 1973[1]
Headquarters1225 R Street
LocaleSacramento, California
Service areaSacramento and Sacramento County
Service typeBus and Light rail
Routes70 (Bus)[1]
3 (light rail)
Stops>3,100 (bus) 52 (LRV) [1]
Hubs31 transfer centers
18 park and ride lots[1]
Stations53 [1] (14 Planned Future Stations and 4 Optional)
Fleet205 buses[1]
97 LRVs[1] 23 shuttle vans[1]
Annual ridership31.5 million (2012)[2]
Fuel typeCNG, Diesel-electric hybrid
WebsiteSacramento Regional Transit District

The Sacramento Regional Transit District, commonly referred to as SacRT, is the agency responsible for public transportation in the Sacramento, California area. It was established on April 1, 1973,[1] as a result of the acquisition of the Sacramento Transit Authority. In addition to operating over 60 bus routes with connecting bus service in the Sacramento area covering 418 sq mi (1,082.6 km2),[1] RT also operates a large light rail system. It is currently the sixteenth busiest light rail system in the United States.[3]

In addition to the city of Sacramento, RT serves much of the northern portion of Sacramento County which includes the incorporated cities of Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova. The unincorporated areas of Sacramento County under the RT service area include Arden Arcade, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Florin, Gold River, North Highlands, Orangevale, Rio Linda and Rosemont.[4] The system formerly provided express bus service between Downtown Sacramento and Elk Grove until the mid-2000s when that city took over bus operations under the newly created E-tran; RT will reclaim that area in June 2019 after signing a five-year deal to oversee its service. It also provided contracted bus service to neighboring Yolo County (covering West Sacramento, Davis and Woodland); those routes and operations were later taken over by Yolobus after its formation on January 3, 1982.[5] In both cases, e-tran and Yolobus have retained the RT assigned route numbers for their routes as they continue to service Downtown Sacramento.


RT began operations on April 1, 1973, with the acquisition of the Sacramento Transit Authority. Later that year RT completed a new maintenance facility and purchased 103 buses.

Over the next decade RT continued to expand bus service to the growing Sacramento Region while a cooperative effort emerged among city, county and state government officials to develop a light rail system. In 1987 the 18.3-mile (29.5 km) light rail “starter line” opened, linking the northeastern (Interstate 80) and eastern (Highway 50) corridors with Downtown Sacramento. As light rail ridership increased, RT continued to expand the light rail system. RT completed its first light rail expansion along the Highway 50 corridor in September 1998 with the opening of the Mather Field/Mills Station. Five years later (September 2003) RT opened the first phase of the South Line, a 6.3-mile (10.1 km) extension to South Sacramento. In June 2004, light rail was extended from the Mather Field/Mills station to Sunrise Boulevard, and on October 15, 2005 a 7.4-mile (11.9 km) extension from the Sunrise station to the city of Folsom was opened.

In December 2006, the final leg of the Amtrak/Folsom project was extended by 0.7-mile (1.1 km), to the downtown Sacramento Valley Station, connecting light rail with Amtrak inter-city and Capitol Corridor services as well as local and commuter buses. Within the next several years, RT plans to extend light rail beyond Meadowview, South Sacramento, to Cosumnes River College and north to Sacramento International Airport. RT currently operates 97 bus routes in a 418-square-mile (1,080 km2) service area.

RT is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors composed of members of the Sacramento, Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, and Folsom City Councils as well as members of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. Fiscal year 2006 had an operating budget is $148.54 million, with a capital budget of $15.4 million.

RT employs a work force of approximately 1,163 people, 80% of whom are dedicated to operations and maintenance of the bus and light rail systems. RT operates three maintenance and operations facilities – one for buses at 29th and N Streets, one for the Community Bus Service at McClellan Park, and one for the light rail system at 2700 Academy Way in North Sacramento.

Bus service[edit]

Since 2004, with the exception of some neighborhood shuttle vans (see #The Neighborhood Ride below), the bus fleet consists exclusively of Orion 07.501 (VII) and Orion VII Next Generation buses powered by compressed natural gas. In 2015 RT will add a fleet of Gillig BRT Plus CNG to the lineup to replace buses that reached its 12-year run.

The RT system operates 67 bus routes, as of 2013, with service between 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. daily, and ending much earlier on weekends. Frequencies range between every 15 and 80 minutes (some express buses run only a few times a day). There has been proposals in the past to expand the service hours to late nights to accommodate passengers, businesses and communities, but have been slow to implement these ideas. The most recent changes were announced in August 2012, and is gradually making plans to improve and expand bus services system-wide by 2017.[6] Since light rail has opened, buses have generally acted as feeders to light rail routes.

The RT system does not provide service to Sacramento International Airport. Service between downtown Sacramento and the airport is instead provided on an hourly basis by the Yolobus system.[7]

Bus fleet (FY2010)[edit]

  • 205 buses
  • 23 shuttle vans
  • 1 holiday bus
  • 229 total
Fleet Number Range Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Number Engine Transmission Notes
1966 GMC TDH-4519
1967 GMC TDH-4519
1968 GMC T6H-4521A
1969 GMC T6H-4521A
1-2 1969 Western Flyer D700A
91-94 1967 Western Flyer D700
101-115 1956 GMC TDH-4512 Ex-Sacramento Transit Authority 116-120.
116-120 1957 GMC TDH-4512 Ex-Sacramento Transit Authority 116-120.
121-130 1958 GMC TDH-4512
131-135 1960 GMC TDH-4517 Ex-Sacramento Transit Authority 131-135.
136-140 1961 GMC TDH-4517 Ex-Sacramento Transit Authority 136-140.
141-145 1962 GMC TDH-4517
203 1966 GMC SDM-4502
204-206 1969 GMC S6H-4503A
251-252 1966 GMC TDH-4519
301-305 1963 GMC TDH-4519
306-310 1964 GMC TDH-4519
311-315 1965 GMC TDH-4519
316-323 1966 GMC TDH-4519
324-325 1966 GMC TDH-4519
401-415 1968 GMC T6H-4521A Ex-Sacramento Transit Authority 401-415.
2001-2012 2000 OBI Orion 05.501 CNG Cummins LTA-10G ZF 4HP590
  • 2001 was a 1999 model.

2001-2011 were on a temporary lease to e-tran and later some units were purchased by them. Retired by early 2010.

2051-2054 2000 Optima American Heritage Streetcar CNG
2301-2398, 2401-2408 2002-03 OBI Orion 07.501 CNG Cummins C Gas Plus ZF HP592C
  • Retired & auctioned off as non-runners in 2015-2017.

2302-2303, 2305, 2307-2308, 2337, 2340, 2342, 2350 & 2362 are on temporary lease to e-tran

  • 2378 & 2380 retired due to fires
  • 2390-2394 are used on routes 80 & 84 and have signal preemption units
  • 2401-2408 have a special route 50E livery and signal preemption units, however the route has been discontinued.
2601-2605 2006 OBI Orion 07.501 CNG Cummins C Gas Plus ZF HP592C

2005 models

2701-2702 2007 Ford/Starcraft E450 Starlite
2801-2891 2007-08 OBI Orion 07.501 NG CNG Cummins ISL G ZF HP592C
2901-2912 2009 Ford/Starcraft E450 Starlite
4150-4174 1975 Flxible 45102-8-1
  • 4150 has been kept as a historical bus.
4700-4722 1983 Gillig Phantom (4096TA) Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-740
  • Retired in 1993.

A death occurred in the late 1980's due to a faulty wheelchair lift. The lifts were disabled before early retirement. 1 unit was bought by Sisters' Camelot in Minnesota, a free organic food bus non-profit organization at an unknown time.[3] It eventually retired from Sisters' Camelot and was moved elsewhere in Minnesota, last being spotted in late 2017.

4723-4749 1985 Gillig Phantom (40102TB) Detroit Diesel 6V92TA ZF 4HP590 Renumbered 8523-8549

8529 was bought by a private owner and was converted into an RV in 2001. It was sold on ebay in Malvern, AR on 6/16/2014.[7] 8539 was found in Texas in 2011.[8] 8545 was bought by a church. It was eventually sold at Copart Auto Auction with a salvage certificate in Vallejo, CA on 4/1/2011.[9] 1 unit was bought by a private owner/dealer in Reno, NV.[10]

4900-4921 1973 Flxible 111CC-D06-1
5150-5160 1962 GMC TDH-5301
  • Ex-AC Transit
  • Air conditioned fleet
5306-5310 1963 GMC TDH-5303
  • Single-door configuration
  • Air conditioned fleet
5501-5506 1947 GMC TDH-4507
5507-5508 1948 GMC TDH-4507
5509-5510 1946 GMC TD-4506
9001-9050 1990 Gillig Phantom (40102TB) Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Voith D864.2
  • Retired in late 2003.

9005 to Sacramento Police Department 10324 in 2005; it became a mobile command unit.[11]9045 was being kept as a historical bus. & later became roadeo bus. However due to the new general manager's decisions, it was removed from the historic fleet and auctioned off on 11/11/2017. 2 units to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and became a mobile command units.[12] They were spotted in Lyons, OR still intact in June 2015. Many units were bought by Transit Sales International. 9002-9004, 9010-9012, 9014, 9024, 9026, 9028, 9031, 9032, 9035, 9036, 9039-9041, 9043 & 9044 were bought by University of Kansas (KU Transit) in 2007.[13] 9040 was spotted on craigslist in Manhattan, KS in August 2015. 9003 & 9043 were bought by a party bus business in Effingham, IL, 9043 was listed again on ebay in late 2016.[14] Most other units were scrapped at Simms Metal Management

9301-9375 1993-94 OBI Orion 05.501 CNG Cummins LTA-10G ZF 4HP590
  • 9301 was a 1992 model.

9302-9365 were 1993 models. 9366-9375 were 1994 models. 9337 was kept as a Mechanic's garage shuttle bus and later a historical bus. However due to the new general manager's decisions, it was removed from the historic fleet in 2016 and will likely be auctioned off.

9401-9420 1994 OBI Orion 05.501 CNG Cummins LTA-10G ZF 4HP590
  • 9415 was converted to a Transit Master Plan presentation bus and kept on the property. However, it was auctioned off as a non-runner on 6/10/2017 and more than likely scrapped..
9601-9626 1996-97 OBI Orion 05.501 CNG Cummins LTA-10G ZF 4HP590
9651-9665 2 known units were bought by Transit Sales International; 1 unit remains. 1996 OBI Orion 05.505 CNG Cummins LTA-10G ZF 4HP590

12 known units were bought by Transit Sales International; 11 units remain.

9656 to LADOT 96501.

Most popular bus routes[edit]

The numbers provided are average weekday boardings.

  • Route 51 Broadway/Stockton 4,162[8]
  • Route 81 Florin/65th 3,338[8]
  • Route 1 Greenback 2,921[8]

Transit centers[edit]

Transit Center Location Bike lockers Transfers
American River College Location No 1, 82
Arden Fair Mall Location No 22, 23, 29, 67, 68
Cosumnes River College Location Yes 54, 55, 56, E-Tran, South County Link
CSUS Location Yes[9] 30, 34, 82, 87
Florin Towne Centre Location No 47, 51, 55, 67, 68, 81
Sunrise Mall Location No 1, 21, 23, 24, 25, 28, 95
Louis and Orlando Location No Sacramento Regional Transit 21, 93, and 103
Roseville Transit A, B, R, and Commuter
Placer County Transit to Auburn, CA

Light rail[edit]

Light rail stop at K Street Mall, Downtown Sacramento.

The Sacramento RT Light Rail system (reporting mark SCRT) is a 42.9 mi (69.0 km)[1] system, consisting of three rail lines, 54 stations, and 76 vehicles. Service operates daily from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Sacramento's light rail system, with an average of 48,400 weekday daily boardings in Q1 2013,[3] is the eleventh busiest in the United States.

The creation and maintenance of the light-rail system is pushed by the advocacy group Friends of Light Rail and Transit.


To meet the requirements of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, the RT established a Paratransit service in 1993, which is a door-to-door service for the disabled.

The Neighborhood Ride[edit]

In 2006, RT created a new division internally known as "Community Bus Service". Known to the ridership as "The Neighborhood Ride"

The Neighborhood Ride
  • The Neighborhood Ride shuttles are smaller buses (approximately 35 feet (11 m) or less in length) that offer residents greater mobility and new transit options on local intra-community trips.
  • The Neighborhood Ride shuttles have regular, pre-designated, pre-scheduled routes, but offer special curb-to-curb service (not to be confused with ADA/paratransit door-to-door service). The shuttles are able to "deviate" travel off route up to ¾ of a mile to pick up and drop off seniors, age 62 and older, and disabled passengers who have a valid ADA/paratransit pass
  • Passengers pay only $1.10 per trip (55 cents for passengers paying a discount fare). RT monthly passes, daily passes, and transfers are also accepted. Passengers with valid ADA/paratransit passes ride free.
  • All passengers (except for Lifetime Pass holders), including those with valid ADA/paratransit passes, must pay an additional $1.10 for a route deviation.
  • Marked bus stops are located along the route and printed schedules are available at several locations around Sacramento and on Regional Transit's Web site.
  • Each shuttle can transport 12-17 passengers and up to two wheelchairs.

Fleet images[edit]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On April 9, 2010 at about 10:20 a.m. a Blue Line train struck a vehicle at the 47th Ave. crossing. The vehicle, a green Honda Accord was dragged about 100 feet (30 m). Inside the vehicle was a woman about the age of 40, She was pronounced dead at U.C. Davis Medical Center. The cause was revealed to be the woman who drove her car around the crossing gates which were down.

A man was hospitalized April 26, 2010 after he was hit by a light rail while talking on a cell phone.The crash happened near the Iron Point Station in Folsom at about 10 a.m. Investigators said the pedestrian was walking on the tracks and not paying attention to what was coming toward him. The pedestrian on the tracks never looked up at all throughout the entire incident. The operator told investigators that he had spoken to the injured person, and the guy said that he was walking on the tracks because he didn't want to be walking on the roadway while talking on his cell phone. The pedestrian was in serious condition at UC Davis Medical Center. Passengers on the train had an hour delay.

Deputies were called shortly after 9 a.m. on April 27, 2010 to the Zinfandel station. Sheriff's Sgt. Tim Curran said one person shot the victim in the leg and then fled. Investigators said a fight broke out on a light rail train, culminating in a shooting once the train reached the station platform. The alleged shooter was seen running across the parking lot outside a nearby Ross store, Curran said. The victim was expected to survive, authorities said. RT service did not appear to be affected.

On November 11, 2010 a pick up truck ran into the side of a moving Regional Transit Light Rail Train at 10:15 a.m. at Starfire Drive and Folsom Boulevard in Sacramento County. The train was only scratched in the collision. Only one passenger received medical attention for minor injuries; the two people in the truck were not hurt.

A Siemens light rail vehicle on a Gold Line train caught fire and started to smoke on December 23, 2010 at approximately 7:30 p.m. near the College Greens station. A communications issue between the Sacramento Fire Department and the Regional Transit light rail operator occurred when the train began to move from the station where the fire was being doused to the Watt/Manlove station over a mile away. The fire caused service disruptions to Gold Line trains traveling in both directions for up to an hour. The car (#136) was towed out of service to the Regional Transit maintenance facility on Academy Way. The fire was likely caused by an overheated generator and battery located on the bottom of the train.

On January 28, 2012 three people died after their vehicle collided with a light rail train. The accident took place at the crossing near the intersection of 25th Street and 26th Avenue just before 4:45 p.m, when black Pathfinder SUV was hit by a southbound Blue Line train. The gate arms were determined to be functioning properly. All three fatalities were occupants of the vehicle. At least 17 injured victims were taken to the hospital for treatment.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "RT Fact Sheet" (pdf). Sacramento Regional Transit District. June 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-09.
  2. ^ "APTA Ridership Report - Q4 2012 Report" (PDF). American Public Transportation Association (APTA) (via: March 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-13. External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ a b "APTA Ridership Report - Q1 2013 Report" (PDF). American Public Transportation Association (APTA) (via: May 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-22. External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "System Map - Sacramento Regional Transit". Sacramento Regional Transit District. Archived from the original on 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
  5. ^ YOLOBUS To Turn 30! from Yolobus (October 2011)
  6. ^ "Calif.’s Sacramento RT expands light rail, bus service" from Metro Magazine (August 29, 2012)
  7. ^ Sacramento Airport Routes and Schedules Archived 2008-10-15 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b c pg6 RT Fact Sheets - Sacramento Regional Transit
  9. ^ "Bike Locker Rentals". Retrieved 2016-04-03.

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