California Transit Association

Member Profiles

Yuba-Sutter Transit

<p>One of 22 local fixed route buses that are used to operate Yuba-Sutter Transit's network of six local fixed routes.</p> (Year: 2014)

Operating Revenue


Operating Expenditure


Capital Revenue


Capital Expenditure


Fleet Inventory

51 revenue vehicles


Year Founded


Context for Year Founded

Founded as the Hub Area Transit Authority, the name was changed to the Yuba-Sutter Transit Authority in 1993

Governing or Corporate Structure

Yuba-Sutter Transit is a Joint Powers Agency that was formed in 1975 by the Cities of Marysville and Yuba City and the Counties of Sutter and Yuba. The agency is governed by an eight member Board of Directors composed of two members from the city council or board of supervisors from each of the member jurisdictions.

Significant Historical Milestones

Yuba-Sutter Transit, known as the Hub Area Transit Authority (HATA) until January 1993, was formed in 1975 by Sutter and Yuba Counties and the Cities of Marysville and Yuba City as a joint powers agency (JPA) for the provision of public transit services. Since its inception, Yuba-Sutter Transit has carried out this charge by contracting with private transportation companies for the operation of all services. From 1975 to 1979, service was provided exclusively to seniors and persons with disabilities through a contract with a local taxicab company for the operation of the "Our Car" taxi subsidy program. As a condition of a legal settlement with California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), this service was replaced and expanded in 1979 with the purchase of thirteen mini-buses to implement a general public demand response service known as Dial-A-Ride. The system expanded again in 1982 to add a network of local fixed routes. Since 1979, a national transportation provider (currently Transdev Services, Inc.) has operated Yuba-Sutter Transit's primary services. In January 1988, following an independent operational analysis prompted by poor system performance, the service was significantly reduced through the elimination of the local fixed route system, Sunday service and most rural area services in lieu of a general public zonal dial-a-ride system for the urban area. At the same time, Sutter County withdrew from the Authority to establish their own taxi subsidy program for service to the unincorporated urban areas of the county. This service was discontinued in January 1991 when Sutter County rejoined the Authority. In response to the 1988 operational and organizational changes, CRLA filed another lawsuit and the 1990 settlement agreement led to the completion of a fixed route feasibility study and a comprehensive marketing plan. As a result, fixed route service was reinstated and the agency name was changed to the Yuba-Sutter Transit Authority effective January 1, 1993. The agency has since grown to offer a wide range of services including local fixed route and demand response service, rural route service and intercity commuter service to downtown Sacramento. Yuba-Sutter Transit now operates 91,000 vehicle service hours and provides 1.3 million passenger trips annually (FY 2015) with a fleet of 51 revenue vehicles ranging in seating capacity from 16 - 57 passengers.

Public Transit and Commuter Rail Agencies

Number of Employees


Annual Ridership

1.3 million

Number of Bus Routes Provided

Six local routes, three rural routes and two intercity commuter routes

Number of Rail Lines Served


Major Planned Investments

Next Five Years: Replace 11 local fixed route buses Replace 7 intercity commuter buses Replace 10 paratransit buses

Year: 2014

One of 22 local fixed route buses that are used to operate Yuba-Sutter Transit's network of six local fixed routes.

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Year: 2010

One of Yuba-Sutter Transit's 13 commuter buses that are used for peak-hour and midday intercity service between Marysville/Yuba City and downtown Sacramento.

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