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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA – Sacramento Regional Transit District
(SacRT) announced the launch of its microtransit pilot project, SmaRT Ride. SacRT partnered with the City of Citrus Heights and TransLoc, a leader in agency-owned flexible microtransit, to perform the six-month pilot using their proprietary technology, beginning with a detailed simulation report from TransLoc’s MicroTransit Simulator. The new service will use innovative ‘smart phone’ app-based technology which can be downloaded as ‘Microtransit’ from the Google Play store or the iPhone App store.
The City of Citrus Heights will be the location for the pilot program, using the existing City Ride ‘dial-a-ride’ program, enabling residents to experience the convenience of a ride-hailing service for an affordable public transit price. Similar to Uber or Lyft services, a shuttle bus will pick riders up wherever they are and take them where they want to go. The City Ride service will also see a name change to “SmaRT Ride” with its debut on Monday, February 12.
The Phase 1 pilot service area will be limited to Citrus Heights boundaries. (Please see map.) Phase 2 of the pilot will explore expanding
SmaRT Ride to Orangevale and the City of Folsom in the months to come.
“SacRT is excited to be among a select few transit agencies
across the nation leading the way in this new on-demand, microtransit frontier
for the transit industry,” said General Manager/CEO Henry Li. SacRT is the
first transit agency to bring a microtransit service to the Sacramento
“We are confident that SmaRT Ride will be met with much enthusiasm from our residents by bringing public transit to their front door,” said Citrus Heights Mayor Steve Miller.
A SmaRT Ride request provides passengers with an estimated pick-up time, a notice when the rider is the next passenger in the queue and will also alert passengers when their ride is about to reach their desired destination via the Microtransit app. The app is tied to a software scheduling program that builds flexible and efficient transit routes to manage incoming trip requests. Customers may also continue to request rides by calling 916-556-0258; however, reservations must be made on the same day, 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. SmaRT Ride will cost the same as SacRT’s current fixed route service at just $2.75 per trip, or $1.35 for those eligible for discount fare. Daily passes are also available. Visit the website for more information. http://www.sacrt.com/apps/smartride/
“In addition to convenience, providing a safe and secure
ride for our customers is a top priority for SacRT,” said Li. “All of our
drivers have undergone background checks and random drug testing. Plus, all of
our buses have onboard surveillance cameras that are monitored 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.”
A ribbon cutting ceremony will occur in front of Citrus
Heights City Hall, 6360 Fountain Square Dr., Citrus Heights at 10:00 AM on
Monday, February 12, 2018.