There is a certain happiness sighted when your bus comes along. It is of course a small specialized form of happiness and will never be a great thing.

-Richard Brautigan, The Old Bus

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The New Year bill

RT Press Release

CONTACT: Alane Masui Wednesday, December 31, 2008

In response to an $18.3 million loss in state funds for Fiscal Year 2009, the Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) will increase bus, light rail and complementary paratransit fares effective Thursday, January 1, 2009.

The new fares will increase the Basic fare by 25 cents (to $2.25), the Basic daily pass by $1 (to $6) and the Basic monthly pass by $15 (to $100). Discount fares will increase accordingly.

The fare for complementary paratransit services operated by Paratransit, Inc. will increase by 50 cents (to $4.50). The Paratransit monthly pass price will not increase and will remain at $100.

Due to the fare increase, RT light rail fare vending machines will not accept pre-paid passes and tickets displaying 2008 pricing (June 30, 2010 expiration date) on or after January 1, 2009. Light rail passengers must exchange these Basic and Discount daily passes or single-ride tickets for new fare media. Bus passengers may continue to use pre-paid passes and tickets displaying 2008 pricing (June 30, 2010 expiration date) on buses only by paying the additional fare.

RT will conduct exchanges of fare media (June 30, 2010 expiration date only) with additional payment at RT's Customer Service and Sales Center located at 1225 R Street (adjacent to the 13th Street light rail station) in downtown Sacramento. The Sales Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For route and schedule information, call 916-321-BUSS (2877) or visit


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