Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) is back to seated capacity on buses and trains after the Sacramento Health Department gave the go-ahead Tuesday, June 15.
Seated capacity means all seats are available. Signs blocking off seats will be removed. By federal law, face masks still are required on all public transit through Sept. 13.
SacRT asks that passengers avoid public transit if they are sick, have tested positive for COVID-19, or think or know they have been exposed to the virus.
In addition to ridership increases, SacRT warns that temperatures are expected to be above 100 degrees through the weekend at Juneteenth celebrations around the city.
Extreme heat can significantly strain SacRT’s aging fleet of vehicles and its light rail infrastructure (electrical, overhead wires, tracks and trains). SacRT officials promise to do everything feasible to maintain scheduled service and make rides comfortable.
SacRT has a contingency in place in case of heat-related disruptions to light rail. If the disruption requires a bus bridge, a free shuttle will operate between affected stations to transport passengers until light rail service is restored. The buses may take 30 to 45 minutes to arrive at affected light rail stations. Since the special buses travel on surface streets to pick up and drop off passengers, vehicle traffic will impact the schedule.
For timely updates, riders are encouraged to download the free Alert SacRT mobile app from the App Store or Google Play. Additionally, SacRT encourages riders to follow SacRT’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, though it advises its staff may not be able to respond in real time to messages sent on Facebook or Twitter. Also, service disruptions outside of regular business hours may take longer to gather information and post a message about.
Visit sacrt.com/apps/light-rail-service-disruption-faqs for additional details or call SacRT’s customer call center at (916) 321-BUSS (2877).