Management

California Transit Agency Offers Unlimited Free Service for Youth

Posted on October 3, 2019
Sacramento Regional Transit's (SacRT's) RydeFreeRT program waives youth fares on bus, light rail, and SmaRT Ride microtransit service across SacRT’s service area. Photo courtesy SacRT
Sacramento Regional Transit's (SacRT's) RydeFreeRT program waives youth fares on bus, light rail, and SmaRT Ride microtransit service across SacRT’s service area. Photo courtesy SacRT

This news story initially appeared on Metro, School Bus Fleet's sister publication.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) announced that it is waiving fares for youth in its service area, effective immediately.

The RydeFreeRT program aims to decrease truancy and eliminate obstacles for young people to get to school, afterschool activities, sports, clubs, and jobs, according to a news release from the transit agency.

A research brief released in November 2018 that recounts the findings of a travel survey administered to students in three Sacramento City Unified School District (USD) schools stated that about one in four students reported missing at least one day of school in the six weeks prior to the survey because of transportation barriers.

“What we’re doing here is filling an important gap,” said Henry Li, general manager and CEO of SacRT. “We’re offering universal access all day, every day during regular service hours for all Sacramento area youth that live in or attend school in our service area.”

RydeFreeRT waives 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 pre-K through 12, home-schooled students, and foster and homeless youth are all eligible.

Students enrolled in schools in SacRT’s service area have already been issued their 2019-20 student ID card, which displays a special sticker for free SacRT ridership. Youth not enrolled in school can receive a RydeFreeRT card at a Sacramento library or at SacRT’s Customer Service and Sales Center.

Sacramento City USD announced the free transportation program on its Facebook page on Tuesday. View photos the district shared of the program’s launch below.

Related Topics: California, transit/tripper service

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Video

VIDEO: Creating Customized Financial Solutions for Your Fleet

Rill’s Bus Service in Westminster, Maryland, has been in the school bus business for 50 years. Learn how they utilize flexible financing options through Daimler Truck Financial to keep their business thriving. For more information, visit  http://bit.ly/2vUn1LF.

Product

Dashcam System

The NexTraq Dashcam can provide downloadable videos, real-time alerts, and live GPS location services for use in a variety of applications, including school transportation.

In his new role, Sean Waters will work with regulatory agency leadership on standard-setting initiatives for commercial vehicles, including those for Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) subsidiary Thomas Built Buses. Photo courtesy DTNA
News

Daimler Trucks North America Names New VP

As vice president of product compliance and regulatory affairs, Sean Waters will work with regulatory agency leadership on standard-setting initiatives for commercial vehicles, including for Thomas Built Buses.

The National Association for Pupil Transportation learned from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that it has not completed the Entry Level Driver Training registry due to technical issues. NAPT expects the ELDT deadline to be delayed. File photo courtesy Orange (Calif.) Unified School District
News

NAPT: Driver Training Deadline Delay Likely

The National Association for Pupil Transportation learns from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that it has not completed the Entry Level Driver Training registry due to technical issues. NAPT expects the ELDT deadline to be delayed.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!