We're in the People Moving Business
- Yolo County's Public Transportation System
By Dave Rosenberg, Yolo County Supervisor, 4th District
Public bus transportation provides a lifeline for many people in Yolo County. Besides which it keeps cars off the roads, saves the air, and is more affordable than most other modes of movement (bicycles and shoes excepted, of course).
In Yolo County, we have a bus system that is the envy of much of the region. The Yolo County Transportation District (YCTD) runs that system, called "YoloBus". YCTD operates both a local and an inter-city bus service each and every day of the year. The system covers most of Yolo County, and also connects to our neighbors. You can catch a YoloBus to Davis, Woodland, West Sacramento, Winters, and Downtown Sacramento. You can even catch a YoloBus to Esparto, Madison, Knights Landing, the Cache Creek Casino, and now, to the Sacramento International Airport. And back again. Additionally, YoloBus has connections with neighboring public transportation systems including UniTrans (UCD) and Regional Transit (Sacramento).
Fares on YoloBus are reasonable. General fares are $1.25 for adults, $3.50 for a daily pass or $30 for a monthly pass. There are discounts for persons over 62 and for students. Students, for example, can ride for $15 monthly passes. UCD undergraduates, in fact, can ride free with a registration card. Certain express buses (such as Routes 43, 44, 45, 230 and 231) cost more.
Special accommodations are made for handicapped persons. YoloBus has ADA-accessible services in Woodland, Davis and West Sacramento, as well as buses to Downtown Sacramento. Persons can reserve rides by calling 666-2877.
YoloBus runs everywhere! For example, Route 43 runs from UCD over Covell Blvd. in Davis down I-80 to Downtown Sacramento. Route 44 goes from Downtown Davis over Lillard, across I-80 to Downtown Sacramento. Route 215 runs from the County Fair Mall in Woodland through Downtown Woodland, to Madison, Esparto and the Cache Creek Casino. Route 242 goes from the Courthouse in Woodland to Woodland Healthcare, down Highway 113 to the MU at UCD.
The YCTD now operates 23 compressed natural gas buses, which are very low emission vehicles. When the YCTD started running CNG buses in 1993, it was one of the very first districts to do so. Clean is good. YoloBus also provides special bike racks on its buses so Yolo County has its own version of "multi-modal" transportation: bikes to buses and back to bikes again.
For more information about YoloBus you can call 666-2877 or log on to www.yolobus.com.