Sac RT offering free rides on Earth Day, April 22

This Friday Sacramento Regional Transit is offering free rides in honor of Earth Day. Free rides will be available on all Sac RT buses, light rail, SmaRT Ride and GO Paratransit shuttles during regular service hours.

What a better way to celebrate Earth Day than by taking SacRT to get around? Whether it’s to work, school, shopping or other errands, help spare the air and take SacRT to celebrate Mother Earth.  

System-wide free rides on Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 2022, are available to travel on all buses (includes Elk Grove Transit, Folsom Stage Line and Causeway Connection), light rail, SmaRT Ride shuttles and SacRT GO Paratransit Services shuttles during regular service hours. No flyer is needed to ride free, just hop onboard. 

Free Transit Options: 

  • Bus: SacRT operates over 82 bus routes within a 440-square mile service area.
  • Light Rail: SacRT operates light rail on 43 miles of track serving 53 light rail stations.
  • SmaRT Ride: SacRT’s on-demand microtransit shuttle service that comes to you within nine service areas: Arden, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Downtown-Midtown-East Sacramento, Folsom, Franklin-South Sacramento, Gerber-Calvine, North Sacramento and Rancho Cordova. Download the free app to request a ride, learn more at sacrt.com/smartride.
  • SacRT GO Paratransit Services: Door-to-door, shared-ride transportation for individuals who are unable to use the SacRT bus and light rail system either all of the time of some of the time, because of a disabling condition. Riders must be eligible for ADA paratransit service and must apply to use this service. Learn more at sacrtgo.com\

*Note: Contracted services including Rancho CordoVan is not included in the systemwide free rides.

Visit sacrt.com/howtoride for more information about the easy steps to riding the train or bus.   

Three Great Reasons to Take Transit on Earth Day or Any Day! 

# 1 Improve Air Quality 

Fossil-fuel powered transportation is the single biggest source of air pollution in California. SacRT light rail vehicles minimize air pollution, as they are 100% powered by electricity and most buses use compressed natural gas (CNG) which produces fewer pollutants, other vehicles are 100 percent zero-emission electric battery powered vehicles. Just one light rail train car can take 150 automobiles off the road, and one bus can take 60 cars off the road.  

# 2 Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions  

Public transportation is reducing energy consumption and harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) greenhouse gas emissions that damage the environment. A single person, commuting alone by car, who switches their 20-mile round trip commute to public transit, can reduce annual CO2 emissions by 4,800 pounds per year. 

# 3 Save Energy 

In one year, taking transit saved 947 million gallons of fuel that would have been used if transit passengers had driven cars instead. Have you seen the price of a gallon of gas recently? Think of the cost savings! 

Need help planning your trip?   

There are two easy options to find out how to get you where you need to go. 

Call 916-321-BUSS (2877) and a SacRT Customer Service Representative will help you plan your trip.  

Visit sacrt.com/planyourtrip, simply fill in the information requested and Google will determine your best bus trip. 

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