The Sacramento Regional Transit District, or RT, operates both a bus and light rail system. Buses run daily from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. every 15 to 75 minutes. Light rail begins operating a bit earlier at 4:30 a.m. with most services coming every 15 minutes during the day, while going to 30 minutes during the evening. There are some stations with a 60- to 75-minute wait during peak hours, and up to a 120-minute wait during non-peak hours.
An RT basic fare for riders ages 19 to 61 is $2 for a single and $5 for a daily pass. Seniors ages 62 and older, disabled riders, and students ages 5 to 18 pay a discounted fare of $1 for a single and $2.50 for a daily pass. Children younger than age 5 and RT Lifetime Pass holders can ride for free. However, RT Lifetime Passes aren’t valid on Yolo Bus.
To receive a discounted pass, proof of identity is required prior to boarding. This means seniors must provide either an RT Senior or Disabled identification card (or a similar card issued by another transportation agency), a driver’s license or passport. Students must furnish a student or school identification card.
Basic and discount fare riders who will continue to another bus or light rail can ask for a transfer upon boarding.
Bus-to-bus transfers are valid for two hours from the end of the bus trip which the transfer was issued and can only be used once.
Light rail-to-bus transfers are $0.25 for basic riders and $0.10 for discounted riders. When entering light rail, give the operator the validated light rail ticket and pay the transfer. These tickets are valid for two hours from time of purchase.
Transfers can be used throughout the RT system, except for Central City/Shuttle tickets.
Special FaresCentral City Fare
This fare is valid within RT’s Central City Zone between the Alkali Flats/La Valentina, 29th Street and Broadway stations. The basic fare is $1, while the discounted rate is $0.50. This ticket is valid on both bus and light rail travel and is valid for up to two hours or one ride.Class Pass Fare
The Class Pass is a special teacher-student fare. A group of 10 or more high school students can use a special Class Pass fare of $2 for each student rider and $4 for each accompanying adult. Travel must be taken between 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. RT advises that these tickets must be purchased at least 10 working days before intended travel. For more information or to talk with a representative, call (916) 321-BUSS (2877).
Purchasing InfoPrepaid Tickets
Prepaid tickets are purchased in books of 10. A Basic Single Fare book is $20, while a Discount Single Fare book is $10. A Basic Daily Pass book is $50, while a Discount Daily Pass book is $25. Prepaid tickets must be validated before boarding light rail.Monthly Pass and Sticker
RT riders can either purchase a monthly or semi-monthly pass. Monthly passes are valid for unlimited rides on buses and light rail for the month shown on the pass through the first day of the next month. A semi-monthly pass are valid for unlimited rides on buses and light rail through the first half or second half of the month.
A Basic Monthly Pass is $85, while a semi-monthly pass is $42.50. Disabled seniors can purchase either a monthly ticker for $42.50 or a semi-monthly sticker for $21.25. Monthly passes and stickers are sold from the 25th of each month through the 10th of the following month.
A student monthly sticker costs $34, while a semi-monthly sticker costs $17. Most high schools and some middle schools sell student monthly stickers.
Yolo Express stickers cost $20, and are valid for traveling and transferring between RT and Yolobus Express buses to Davis, Winters and Woodland. An RT Monthly Pass is required.
How & Where to Buy RT Fares
Riders can purchase tickets at RT’s Customer Service Center at 1225 R Street or at over 50 retailers throughout Sacramento. Riders can also phone in an order with a major credit card by calling (916) 321-2849. Order forms for mail-in requests are available by calling (916) 321-2877.