There is a public hearing this month to receive input on possible new bus routes affecting Galt residents. The process is part of the periodic examination of transportation needs.
Since 2008 when the last plan was approved, there have been demographic and economic changes in cities along the route, including Galt, according to South County Transit Link officials.
The SCT/Link provides transit service for residents of Galt and the southern portion of Sacramento County. The county and city share administration and funding for three services including Dial-A-Ride in Galt and Herald; the Delta Route, a fixed route/deviation request service linking communities in the Delta to Galt and Lodi; and the Highway 99 Service, a fixed route service connecting Galt with Lodi, Elk Grove and South Sacramento.
Here's how service changes could affect you:
- Direct service to Lodi could be eliminated.
- Frequency of service between Galt, Isleton, and other Delta communities increased based on service history.
- There could be new stops in Elk Grove for Galt riders.
- To improve rider connections, new commuter service between Galt and Sacramento could be added to increase access to jobs, advancement opportunities and other amenities.
When it comes to new routes, Galt Mayor Barbara Payne said she would like to see one to help high school graduates get from Galt to Consumes River College in Elk Grove.
In addition to the recommended service changes, a new fare structure is recommended to increase the ease of traveling on SCT/Link routes.
The bus service is operated by Storer Transportation under contract with Sacramento County. A separate contract calls for the city to pay 60 percent of the cost of service while the county pays 40 percent.
SCT/Link operates out of a leased space on Industrial Boulevard. It is used to dispatch vehicles, receive calls for Dial-A-Ride services, and provide light maintenance for the vehicles used. Each vehicle can carry up to 18 passengers, including two handicapped spots.
The transit plan public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 24 in the Galt City Council chambers at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive, Galt.
Comment in writing by Jan. 23 to the address above or offer testimony in person during the public hearing. E-mails will not be accepted as official comment.
Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at email@example.com.