The Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) operates 64 bus routes and 37.5 miles of light rail covering a 418 square-mile service area. Buses and light rail run 365 days a year using 76 light rail vehicles, 182 buses (with an additional 30 buses in reserve) powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and 11 shuttle vans. Buses operate daily from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. every 15 to 75 minutes, depending on the route. Light rail trains begin operation at 4 a.m. with service every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes in the evening and on weekends. Blue Line and Gold Line trains operate until 10:30 p.m. and the Gold Line to Folsom operates until 7 p.m..
Passenger amenities include 48 light rail stops or stations, 31 bus and light rail transfer centers and 18 park-and-ride lots. RT also serves over 3,300 bus stops throughout Sacramento County.
Annual ridership has steadily increased on both the bus and light rail systems from 14 million passengers in 1987 to over 31.5 million passengers in FY 2010. Weekday light rail ridership averages about 55,000. Bus weekday ridership has reached an average of 53,100 passengers per day.
RT’s entire bus and light rail system is accessible to the disabled community. Also, RT provides a door-to-door transportation service (in accordance with its responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act) for Sacramento area residents who are unable to use fixed-route service. RT provides this service through a contract with Paratransit, Inc.