California Transit Association

Member Profiles

Sacramento Regional Transit District

Operating Revenue

$147,500,000

Operating Expenditure

$147,500,000

Capital Revenue

$147,500,000

Capital Expenditure

$51,000,000

Fleet Inventory

228 buses, 76 light rail vehicles

History

Year Founded

1973

Context for Year Founded

RT began operations with the acquisition of the Sacramento Transit Authority.

Governing or Corporate Structure

RT is governed by an 11-member board of directors comprised of members of the Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom and Rancho Cordova city councils as well as the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.

Significant Historical Milestones

RT began operations on April 1, 1973, with the acquisition of the Sacramento Transit Authority. Later that year, RT completed a new maintenance facility and purchased 103 new buses. RT continued to expand bus service to the growing Sacramento region while a cooperative effort emerged among city, county and state government officials to develop a light rail system. In 1987, the 18.3-mile light rail system opened, linking the northeastern (Interstate 80) and eastern (Highway 50) corridors with downtown Sacramento. RT completed its first light rail extension in September 1998 with the opening of the Mather Field/Mills Station. In September 2003, RT opened the first phase of the Blue Line to south Sacramento, a 6.3-mile extension with seven new stations. In June 2004, light rail was extended from the Mather Field/Mills Station to Sunrise Boulevard with three new stations. In October 2005, light rail was extended 7.4 miles east from the Sunrise Station to the city of Folsom, which included four new stations. In December 2006, RT completed the final segment of the Gold Line (also referred to as the Amtrak/Folsom Corridor) when it opened the .5-mile light rail extension to the Sacramento Valley Station (Amtrak) with the addition of two new stations. In June 2012, RT opened the Green Line to the River District, which is the first phase of the Green Line to the Airport light rail extension project. The Green Line to the River District extends light rail 1.1 miles north connecting downtown Sacramento to the River District. RT is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors comprised of members of the Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom and Rancho Cordova city councils as well as the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.

Notable Achievements

1987 - RT began operation of light rail

1993 - RT began operation of CNG-fueled buses

1998 - RT began operation of the light rail extension to the Mather Field/Mills Station

2003 - RT began operation of the South Line Phase 1 light rail extension

2005 - RT began operation of the Gold Line light rail extension to the Sunrise Station

2006 - RT began operation of the Gold Line light rail extension to the Sacramento Valley Station (Amtrak)

2012 - RT began operation of the Green Line to the River District light rail extension

Public Transit and Commuter Rail Agencies

Number of Employees

941

Annual Ridership

27.8 million

Number of Bus Routes Provided

69

Number of Rail Lines Served

3

Major Planned Investments

- Downtown/Riverfront Streetcar Starter Line

- K Street to H Street Connectivity Light Rail 

- Green Line - Sacramento Valley Station Loop

- UTDC Light Rail Vehicle Retrofit and Mid Life Refurbishment

- Siemens (1st Series) Light Rail Fleet Replacement

- Light Rail Station at Horn Road

- Amtrak-Folsom Limited Stop Service

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