SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new electric bus service is expected to launch 12 new shuttles in April that will further connect the capital city and UC Davis, the Office of Mayor Darrel Steinberg announced Thursday.

The mayor’s office said Sacramento Regional Transit is expected to vote on Monday to approve the new service, which will be branded as the Causeway Connection.

Officials said the service is expected to replace a current private service running between the UCD campus and the medical center.

The new service will be open to the public and will run more frequently at hourly rides midday and every 20 minutes during peak hours.

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Stops will include areas in Davis, UCD Medical Center and downtown Sacramento with standard SacRT rates of $2.50 (or $1.50 for those qualified.

The new Causeway Connection service will be run by both SacRT and Yolobus, with each agency operating six shuttles.

Terry Bassett, Executive Director of the Yolo County Transportation District said the expectation is an increase of up to 73% of the number of trips to key areas in the region.

The mayor’s office said operating costs for the service will run about $1.6 million annually. The shuttles will be funded over the next three years by way of a $3 million grant for improving air quality due to being an all-electric service, assistance from UC Davis, fare revenue, SacRT operating funds and a first-year contribution from the city of Sacramento.

Comments (3)
  1. Existing shuttle riders are not at all happy about this change. Mayor Steinberg and SacRT collected no data from 500+ existing riders or any potential riders before deciding on this change. See:

    http://acrossthecauseway.com

    for a letter outlining the issues and 600+ signatures.

  2. frankc4 says:

    Fabulous !!!!

  3. Leah says:

    @Frankc4. Glad someone’s excited about this change. How often will you ride the new line, what will your cost be and what stops will you take?

    In order to make this happen for you and the general public, UCD will take away a relatively fast, safe and affordable mode of transit from their students and staff, who in part made the decision to apply to UCD based on the 30 year shuttles existence. No attempt had ever been made beforehand by UCD to reach out to existing riders to discuss the discontuation of the shuttle, and I suspect riders wouldn’t have found out until they had to purchase their March 2020 shuttle pass. If it wasn’t for one group on campus getting the word out, we wouldn’t have known. This group is fighting hard to ensure UCD is accountable to their students and staff who rely on the shuttle as it exists now.

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