(UPDATED 4/12/2021) Description of the multiple ways of getting around Sacramento without a car – whether you live in Sacramento or are visiting.
Sacramentans and visitors have multiple options for getting around Sacramento – from public transportation choices to shared mobility options. Following is a breakdown of what’s available to help you make your way to/from and around town.
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Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) Light Rail and Bus Service
SacRT Forward, SacRT’s revised light rail and bus service, launched in September, 2019. Check out the schedules for light rail and bus service, fares, etc. You will also find a link to a Trip Planner on this page.
Note: Cash fares accepted only on buses. Exact change required.
SacRT Airport Express Bus Service
In early January 2020, SacRT launched an express bus service to the Sacramento International Airport. The service is direct from Downtown Sacramento to Terminals A and B. The multiple bus stops for the Airport Express Bus Service in Downtown Sacramento are easily accessed from light rail.
SacRT’s Route 142 runs every 20 or 30 minutes, seven days a week combined with Yolobus downtown/airport routes 42A and 42B.
There are multiple ways to pay for the airport express bus service. If using cash exact change is required.
Check out the SacRT Airport Express Bus Service page for more information, including recommended light rail connections and a downloadable schedule and map.
SacRT SmaRT Ride
Sacramento Regional Transit is now operating an on-demand shuttle. The rideshare service is currently now available in:
- Citrus Heights –Antelope-Orangevale
- Franklin-South Sacramento
- Rancho Cordova
- Downtown-Midtown-East Sacramento
- North Sacramento
Customers use the SmaRT Ride app to request a ride that will pick them up and drop them off within the specific area’s service boundaries.
The app provides passengers with an estimated pick-up time, an alert when their ride is about to arrive, and an alert when they are about to reach their destination. The app also tracks their ride in real-time.
The route traveled by the shuttle bus is flexible depending on demand. SacRT advises that if you have to be somewhere at a specific time that you to build in a time buffer.
Download the SmaRT Ride app and book your ride. Visit the SacRT SmaRT Ride page for more information on the service, service boundaries, cost, etc.
GIG Car Share
GIG electric cars are “free floating” shared cars that can be hired via an app and then dropped off anywhere in the designated “home zone”.
The drivers of GIG cars do not have to pay to park at metered street parking within the home zone. However, drivers are required to obey all laws relating to parking, including residential parking permit limitations. Find out more at GIG Car Share Sacramento
See related blog post: Sacramento GIG Car Share
You can find Zipcars parked in designated parking spaces throughout Sacramento.
Apply for membership online, and once approved you will be sent a Zipcard via mail. Book in advance a round-trip car by the hour or day.
To unlock the car booked tap the Zipcard to the card reader on the windshield. Return the car to the same location and lock with the Zipcard.
Zipcars are particularly useful for those out of town trips. Find out more at Zipcar Sacramento
Additional Resource: City of Sacramento Car Share Program
Electric-Assisted Bikes & Scooters
Electric-assisted bikes and scooters are available to rent via app. Download the app and it will show you available bikes and scooters in your vicinity.
These bikes are allowed on sidewalks if operated in a safe manner, but scooters are not. Scooters may be operated in bike lanes or on the side of the street.
Both bikes and scooters are required to be parked at a bike rack or in a City-designated drop zone.
JUMP Bikes & Scooters (bright red)
Bird Scooters (black and white) (link coming soon) NEW
Spin Scooters (bright red) NEW
Additional Resource: City of Sacramento Shared Rideables
See related blog post: JUMP Bikes – A Big Hit in Sacramento
Lastly, Sacramento is served by multiple taxi companies. Google to find out your options.
4/12/2021 – As a result of the competition from Lyft and Uber, taxi’s availability has become unreliable, at best.
Did I miss something? Is there a service that should be added to the list?
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