SacRT relaunches Airport Express Service with electric buses

Aug. 30, 2021
Free rides will be offered during the first week of service. 

The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) has reintroduced its Airport Express Bus (route 142) service between downtown Sacramento and the Sacramento International Airport.  

The service started Aug. 29 and is operated with new electric battery powered zero-emission buses. 

SacRT initially launched the Airport Express Bus service in January 2020, but was temporarily suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“We are so glad to be able to bring back the Airport Express Bus service, especially operating with an all-electric zero-emission bus fleet,” said SacRT General Manager/CEO Henry Li. “The Express Bus is not only a great option for convenient transportation between downtown Sacramento and the Airport, but also a clean air alternative to driving and parking.” 

“SACOG applauds the relaunch of SacRT’s Airport Express Bus service. Reliable and accessible multimodal transportation options like this are essential to reducing freeway congestion and building a vibrant, thriving, and connected region,” added Sacramento Area Council of Governments Executive Director James Corless. 

SacRT’s Route 142 Airport Express offers trips between downtown Sacramento and the Sacramento International Airport every 30 minutes, seven days a week. Express Bus service begins at 4:45 a.m. and operates until 11.29 p.m. 

The new Airport Express Bus service offers direct service to Terminals A and B, an economical ride for only $2.50 for a single ride, $1.25 for discounted eligible riders or free for students/youth in grades Kindergarten through 12th. The Airport Express Bus has multiple downtown bus stops and easy access from several light-rail stations. 

“We are thrilled SacRT has restarted the Airport Express bus service to SMF,” said Cindy Nichol, director of Airports for Sacramento County. “This is a long-desired service for our passengers and a great connector between downtown and the airport.” 

The Airport Bus Service is relaunching with zero-emission battery powered buses, which is part of SacRT’s Zero Emission Vehicle Plan. SacRT is working to transition its entire fleet to all zero-emission vehicles by 2040, which includes that all new bus purchases are required to be zero-emission starting January 2029. 

To celebrate the relaunch of the Airport Express service, SacRT is offering free rides on the bus through Sept. 4. Reminder, masks are required to ride transit.