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Connect Card (Sacramento)

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Connect Card is a smart card fare-payment system for Sacramento region. Connect Cards are accepted on Sacramento RT, e-tran, El Dorado Transit, Folsom Stage Line, Placer County Transit, Roseville Transit, South County Transit/Link, Yolobus, and Yuba-Sutter Transit.


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Card features

  • Riders can use the same card to transfer between different transit providers
  • Transfer discounts and fare upgrades are automatically applied.
  • Riders with card can earn a day pass (daily fare cap) on selected agencies by using the fare with cash value loaded on card without having to purchase a pass in advance.
  • If the card is registered, the owner can restore balance in the event of loss, theft, or damage
  • Values on the card can be replenished automatically with autoload.

Card drawbacks

  • Requires riders to tap the card at the reader when boarding Light Rail each time, even if they already have a valid pass.
  • Fare values added online may take up to 48 hours to appear on the card.
  • Card cannot be obtained or reloaded at Sacramento RT Light Rail ticket vending machines.

Where to get cards

  • Participating agency customer service centers (required for reduced fare customers)
  • Selected retailers including Raley's/Bel-Air Markets (see for locations).
  • Online

How to add value

Regardless of where you get the card, you can always add value to your card through:

  • Participating agency customer service centers
  • Selected retailers including Raley's/Bel-Air Markets (see for locations).
  • Online

How to pay with the card

Simply tap the card on the the Connect Card reader and hold it for a beep.

  • On buses, Connect Card reader is located near the front door.