Citrus Heights public transit riders will have the option to hail a bus to their door through the Sacramento Regional Transit District’s new “microtransit” pilot project.
SmaRT Ride, the first of its kind in the Sacramento Valley, is an on-demand transit service similar to Lyft or Uber that will enable riders to be picked up from their location and taken wherever they want to go in the city during weekdays, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Using a new smartphone app, customers will order a ride and then be given an estimated time of arrival and another notification when the bus is about to reach them.
The pilot program will utilize existing “City Ride” buses, which are smaller, neighborhood-friendly transit buses that are also wheelchair friendly.
The fare is a fixed rate of $2.75 a trip or $1.35 for seniors and students.
The on-demand transit service is scheduled to be piloted for six months in Citrus Heights. If the pilot program is deemed successful, SacRT hopes to expand the service to Orangevale and possibly the City of Folsom in the following months.