Transit agency launches ‘how to’ website for arena light-rail riders

Sacramento Regional Transit is gearing up for the Oct. 4 opening of the Golden 1 Center arena downtown
Sacramento Regional Transit is gearing up for the Oct. 4 opening of the Golden 1 Center arena downtown

With arena opening day looming, Sacramento Regional Transit this week launched a website offering basic transit tips for rookie riders, including suggestions on where to pick up a train and which stations to use near the arena.

Transit officials say they do not know how many Golden 1 Center arena attendees will choose to take transit, but are preparing to handle several thousand during event nights, and say many could be first-timers.

“We want to make it as convenient and easy as possible,” General Manager Henry Li said.

The website,, includes a trip planning program that shows users the best routes to get from their chosen start point to the arena or other destinations. It also gives travel times for those trips.

Agency officials said this week they will offer free rides on up to 10 as-yet undetermined days, possibly including Oct. 4, the night the arena opens with a Paul McCartney concert.

The agency this week installed 29 fare vending machines at key stations, allowing people to use credit and debit cards to buy tickets and to pay for station parking. Parking costs $1 at some stations.

RT head Li urged arena-goers, however, to download RT’s mobile phone fare app, RideSacRT, and use it to purchase tickets in advance to avoid getting stuck in a line at station platform fare machines on event days.

The transit agency will have guides and security guards at high-traffic stations, as well as transit officers on each train, moving from car to car between station stops.

RT is offering an arena group discount. Up to four people can ride round trip for $14.

Sacramento City Councilman Jay Schenirer, RT board chair, also announced he is offering a free all-day pass on light rail to the first 1,000 people who email his office, to be used on the day of their choice. His email is:

Schenirer said he wants to show people that RT has improved enforcement and cleanliness. “The pieces are falling into place,” Schenirer said. “I feel confident RT is going to do a great job.”

Tony Bizjak: 916-321-1059, @TonyBizjak