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Microtransit Arrives in Sacramento

Microtransit made its first appearance in the Sacramento region with the recent debut of SmaRT Ride, an on-demand public transit service being piloted in the city of Citrus Heights by the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT).

“SacRT is excited to be among a select few transit agencies across the nation leading the way in this new frontier for the transit industry,” said General Manager/Chief Executive Officer Henry Li. “We believe this demand-response technology has the potential to influence a broader audience to use public transit by conveniently connecting more people and places to our existing system.”

The agency contracted with TransLoc to perform a six-month pilot using the company’s proprietary technology. Once the pilot is complete, SacRT will evaluate expanding the service to another city in its service area, with connections to a light rail station.

One of Sacramento’s new SmaRT Ride vehicles.
Users of the service request a ride using TransLoc’s Microtransit app, which connects to a software scheduling program that creates a flexible route for bus operators to follow as they pick up and drop off passengers.

The app provides riders with an estimated pickup time, allows them to track their bus in real time on a map and alerts them when their ride is about to arrive and about to reach their desired destination.

SmaRT Ride uses smaller, neighborhood-friendly buses to provide more convenient service.

The pilot project operates weekdays in support of SacRT’s existing City Ride dial-a-ride service, which currently provides 8,000 annual trips in ­Citrus Heights.
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