SacRT’s RydeFreeRT Program Now Includes Elk Grove Youth to Ride Fare-Free
ELK GROVE, Calif. – August 25, 2021 – In partnership with the City of Elk Grove and SacRT, Elk Grove Unified would like to share the following joint press release:
Today, the City of Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen, Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) Superintendent Christopher R. Hoffman and EGUSD School Board Member Nancy Chaires Espinoza rode Elk Grove transit to promote the fare-free for youth program called RydeFreeRT. The two officials rode bus route E111 this morning to get first-hand experience of how well the transit program works, and greet the students that were riding with goodie bags.
Elk Grove Transit Services (e-tran) became part of the SacRT District on July 1, 2021, and as one of the benefits of the annexation agreement, the RydeFreeRT program became available for all Elk Grove students/youth. RydeFreeRT allows students/youth in grades TK-12th to ride SacRT bus, light rail and on-demand SmaRT Ride microtransit services for free.
Since Thursday, August 19, Elk Grove students have taken advantage of more than 1,000 free rides with the RydeFreeRT program.
“I think every Elk Grove family should know about the RydeFreeRT fare program. It’s a safe, convenient, and free option for getting our students to school that reduces traffic on the roads and supports a cleaner environment,” said City of Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen.
“Greater access to safe transportation for our students with RydeFreeRT opens scores of opportunities for Elk Grove and Sacramento youth. For our students, having the ability to safely move from point A to point B at no cost to go to school, work or play is a real game changer. We want to help spread that message and make sure all of our students are aware of this opportunity,” said EGUSD Superintendent Christopher R. Hoffman.
“We are excited the City of Elk Grove has rejoined the SacRT family. As part of this reunion, we are ecstatic to bring numerous transit benefits to the city, including our tremendously popular RydeFreeRT program for students and youth,” said SacRT General Manager/CEO Henry Li.
“We’ve known for a long time that transportation is a major barrier for our students in pursuing employment, internships, or classes at other campuses, so it’s so exciting that now when our students are eager to get out and take those opportunities in-person, they can do this and they have the support of the City and SacRT,” said EGUSD Board Member Nancy Chaires Espinoza.
A recent study on youth ridership published by the University of Texas at Austin found a statistically significant increase in the share of students reporting SacRT use to get to and from school, as well as a corresponding statistically significant decrease in the share of students reporting automobile use. Youth who reported using SacRT also reported that they can more easily access important non-school destinations because of the RydeFreeRT program. Many students not necessarily using SacRT to get to school regularly reported they are using the service more to get to after school and non-school activities because of the RydeFreeRT program. Learn more about the study and the RydeFreeRT program at rydefreert.com.
To view Elk Grove bus routes and schedules visit sacrt.com/elkgrovetransit.
EGUSD Superintendent Chris Hoffman and EGUSD School Board Member Nancy Chaires Espinoza board a SacRT bus.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.
About the City Elk Grove:
Elk Grove is a vibrant, family-friendly community of more than 175,000 people, located 14 miles south of California’s State Capital. Incorporated in 2000, Elk Grove is Sacramento County’s second most populated city. With low crime rates, excellent public schools, and a multitude of great public amenities and services available, the city continues to experience significant growth. As one of the country’s most diverse mid-sized cities, Elk Grove is attracting more millennial homebuyers than almost anywhere in the country (2019, SmartAsset). With 100 parks and convenient access to both the Interstate 5 and State Route 99, Elk Grove offers quality of life amenities that will continue to inspire more people and businesses to want to call the city their home. Learn more about Elk Grove at www.elkgrovecity.org/knowyourcity.
About the Sacramento Regional Transit District:
SacRT is the largest transit provider in the capital city of California, operating bus, light rail, microtransit and paratransit services within 440-square miles. SacRT is the 2021 national APTA Outstanding Public Transit System of the Year award recipient for accomplishment and innovations in public transportation, and the 2020 APTA Rail Safety Gold Award recipient for its multi-faceted and innovative approach to reducing crime and fare evasion. SacRT operates service in the cities of Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Folsom, Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove, and Sacramento County. Learn more at sacrt.com.
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