Galt's daily commuter bus service to Sacramento will continue for at least another two years under a contract agreement approved by the Galt City Council on Tuesday.
Four years ago, the city entered into a cost-sharing agreement with South County Transit Link that eventually resulted in the commuter bus route, launched last year. The bus is operated by Storer Coachways through a partnership between South County Transit and the city of Galt.
Under the extended agreement, approved without any council discussion, the city will continue to reimburse SCT/Link 60 percent of its net operating costs through April 2015. The typical annual cost to the city is about $1.1 million, according to Steven Winkler, Galt's Public Works director.
Most of the funding comes from federal, state and local transit allocations.
The thrice-daily Galt-Sacramento Commuter Express bus trips started April 30, 2012 with a mere 11 riders. Three months later, there were close to 100 daily passengers and have maintained those ridership levels.
The full-size buses are equipped with reclining seats and Wi-Fi access.
On weekdays, Galt bus riders can access a number of Sacramento County offices, shopping centers and hospitals along the route. It takes about 25 minutes to get from Galt City Hall to Sacramento.