Sacramento is quickly becoming one of the hottest cities in the United States, with thousands and thousands of people flocking here each and every year. The job market in Sacramento is fantastic (especially compared to most of the West Coast outside of Silicon Valley, of course), and there are all kinds of opportunities for people to build the kind of life that they’ve always dreamed about here.
At the same time, living in Sacramento definitely requires a little bit of an adjustment, especially if the newcomer to Sacramento hasn’t lived in quite as built up in urban area as this one. Though having a car in Sacramento is definitely going to be beneficial for those that want to head outside of the city limits – or pop around the rest of California, visiting Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, etc. – it isn’t a necessity thanks in large part to all of the public transportation options in Midtown and throughout the rest of the city.
If you want to make sure that you are always going to have an opportunity to get around the city, and specifically Midtown Sacramento, you’ll want to look into all of the different options that we break down below. The odds are pretty good that you’ll always have an opportunity to find some kind of public transportation available in the city whenever you need a ride.
Let’s get to it!
The Regional Transit Light Rail
Originally founded as the Sacramento Transit Authority in 1973, the city soon changed over to the Regional Transit operation in April of that same year, operating hundreds and hundreds of buses throughout the city to provide reliable public transportation to those looking to move around Sacramento without a vehicle of their own.
It wasn’t long until light rails began to be added to the Regional Transit responsibilities, and today the city has more than 38.6 miles of light rails laid down – covering about 418 mi.² of the city with reliable service. Running 365 days the year on very, very reliable schedules, you aren’t going to have any trouble whatsoever finding a Regional Transit Light Rail service to get you to any of the Midtown hotspots and then back again.
Best of all, you’ll also have the opportunity to take advantage of Regional Transit bus service to and from a light rail station – giving you the ability to travel all over the city for next to nothing on public transportation.
The Regional Transit Bus Line
Speaking of those buses, you are going to have the opportunity to take advantage of bus transportation throughout Sacramento (not just Midtown, but the entire city) pretty much a round-the-clock. Regional Transit operates these buses (of which there are currently 272, with another 40 or 50 going to be added in the next few years), buses that stop at 3600+ bus stops all throughout the city.
Estimates put the amount of people that take advantage of bus transportation in the city of Sacramento at right around 60,000 each day, but the buses are almost never full were overcrowded and give you the chance to travel to your Midtown destination and then back in comfort and safety.
If it’s just a quick run to the Sacramento International Airport that you are looking for, you are probably going to want to take advantage of the Yolobus services that will take you there. Though you’ll have to make your way to the two locations in downtown Sacramento to hitch a ride, you’ll be able to shuttle directly to the international airport in no time at all – and they provide rides from the airport back to the downtown area if you’re looking to travel a return trip as well.
Uber has a major presence in the city of Sacramento, and just might be the ultimate alternative for you when you’re looking to hitch a ride to the Midtown area (or anywhere else in the city, for that matter).
An innovative mobile application that works on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices, you’ll be able to use Uber to connect with your very own private car service around-the-clock – and will usually be able to pay less for a ride with an Uber driver than you would have with a traditional taxicab service.
Even better than that is the fact that you’ll be able to quickly and effortlessly pay your driver of this private car service with a credit card that you already have on file, never having to worry about outrageous fares, unnecessary charges, or having to carry outrageous amounts of cash on you just to hitch a ride.
According to local Sacramento DUI Lawyer Michael Rehm, it also has cut down on the amount of dui arrests, which in converse, means the reduction in the amount of individuals actually drinking and driving, which is a huge benefit to midtown and the region in general.
There’s a reason why this particular service is one of the fastest growing businesses in the United States, and why so many assume that it’s going to make the traditional taxi service obsolete. At least it’s nice to know that you have options for transportation to the Midtown area of Sacramento!Read More