New On-Demand Shuttle Service Debuts in South Sacramento
7/31/18 Sacramento Regional Transit (RT) has begun serving the Franklin Blvd. – South Sacramento area with SmaRT Ride on-demand transit. Notably, this service provides additional mobility for residents and visitors to this area, which has been without a bus line since 2008. The new service is expected to provide about 26,000 rides in its first year. Riders will be able to access the shuttle through an app-based ride hailing system, an online reservation or by phone. In the near future the shuttle buses will be 100 percent zero emission, made possible by funding though Electrify America.
The concept for the new shuttle came from the Franklin Neighborhood Development Corporation, as a tool to help implement its vision of investing in and improving physical infrastructure, social services, and public transportation along Franklin Blvd. This service will provide new employment and shopping opportunities in an area that is predominantly low-income and where residents depend on affordable transportation options.