Welcome to the October 2020 edition of Transit Talk with the General Manager.
As part of SacRT's Service Recovery Plan, which restored most service on bus and light rail to pre-COVID-19 levels, I am happy to announce that earlier this week we were able to add service to The Causeway Connection zero emission bus service between Davis and Sacramento.
The Causeway Connection now has all-day service once an hour Monday through Friday. All trips serve the Mondavi Center, Genome Facility, and the Silo in Davis and the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. SacRT and Yolobus operate the Causeway Connection service in tandem. For more information, visit causewayconnection.com.
Due to low ridership as a result of the pandemic, SacRT will continue to suspend service on the 200 series routes, Folsom Stage Line (route 20F) and the Airport Express (route 142); however, airport service is still provided by Yolobus. For updated SacRT timetables visit sacrt.com/schedules.
The other good news I must share is the continuation of RydeFreeRT, the fare-free program for youth and students in grades TK through 12.
The successful ridership program was set to expire this past Wednesday; however, thanks to additional funding from program partner City of Sacramento, RydeFreeRT has been extended through September 30, 2021.
RydeFreeRT waives student/youth fares on bus, light rail, and SmaRT Ride microtransit service across SacRT's service area, which includes the cities of Sacramento, Folsom, Citrus Heights, and Rancho Cordova and parts of Sacramento County. Approximately 220,000 students in grades TK through 12, home-schooled students, and foster and homeless youth are all eligible. Visit rydefreert.com to learn more about the program.
On Wednesday, October 7, SacRT is offering free rides system-wide in recognition of California Clean Air Day. Single occupancy vehicles are the single biggest source of air pollution in California. On Clean Air Day, please ask your friends and neighbors to give public transportation a try to help clear the air. Visit CleanAirDay.org to take the pledge to try transit and get more information on this statewide day of action.
Speaking of free rides, SacRT has teamed up with Sacramento County and the Sacramento Kings to drive community members to Vote Center and Ballot Drop Box locations across the Sacramento region to help Drive the Vote.
To make it easy for voters, SacRT is offering free rides system-wide on all bus, light rail, SmaRT Ride and SacRT GO services on the first day of early voting , which is Saturday, October 24. A second system-wide free ride day will take place on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3. No flyer or exemption code is necessary to ride free.
SacRT is also offering free rides on SmaRT Ride microtransit shuttles in all nine service zones, with a free ride flyer, from Monday, October 26 through Monday, November 2 with the exception of the weekend because there is currently no Saturday or Sunday SmaRT Ride service. To obtain your SmaRT Ride flyer and learn more about SmaRT Ride, visit sacrt.com/smartride.
The great news continues - SacRT has just been named the winner of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) 2020 Rail Safety Gold Award. SacRT received the top honor for its rail security program, which includes a multi-faceted and innovative approach to reducing crime and fare evasion on the transit system.
SacRT was recognized with the award for its comprehensive approach to reduce crime and make the light rail system safer for riders. That approach consisted of increasing the level of SacRT staff participation in station ownership with the implementation of an Adopt-a-Station program; increased monitoring of the transit system through the use of technology with over 1,000 live-feed cameras monitored 24/7 in real-time from SacRT's Security Operations Center; and increased staffing.
Additionally, SacRT opened the lines of communication between riders and SacRT security units by embracing new technology with the Alert SacRT safety reporting app and the installation of a public address (PA) system to quickly address nuisance behavior at all light rail stations.
Lastly, I want to thank everyone who continues to comply with the California Department of Public Health's guidance on required face coverings or masks while riding public transportation or while waiting at bus stops and light rail stations. Remember, wearing is caring. Learn more at sacrt.com/covid19.
Now let's get to your questions!
Thank you for your questions. The next session of Transit Talk with the General Manager/CEO will be held on Friday, November 6, 2020.