The City of San Luis Obispo’s Transit Division operates a Quality Fixed Route service along with a seasonal Trolley Shuttle Service. Travel conveniently from neighborhoods to major shopping centers, local schools, including Cal Poly University, medical offices, and work sites on one of SLO Transit’s eight fixed routes.
The Old SLO Trolley is a fun way to get from the hotels on North Monterey to Downtown SLO on Thursdays for the Farmers' Market year round and in the warmer months; you can ride the Trolley Friday and Saturdays to SLO’s beautiful Downtown.
Downtown Holiday Trolley - Beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, the Holiday Trolley will loop through downtown every 10 - 15 minutes. Up to four people ride FREE by showing your parking garage ticket. View the route and schedule here.
June 18, 2017 - SLO Transit implemented new routes, schedules, and fares. These systemwide changes are in response to the 2017 - 2021 Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) adopted by City Council on September 20, 2016 and the 2017 Transit Fare Analysis adopted by City Council on April 4, 2017.
Refined Academic Schedules (effective November 13, 2017):
Información en español aquí.
November 8 - SLO Transit now sells digital bus passes via the Token Transit smartphone application. Riders can download the app via their smartphones, create an account and then start buying their digital bus passes. From there, users will simply show or "flash" their pass to the driver from their smartphones for authentication and verification before they board. The use of Token Transit digital bus passes has the added benefit of allowing users to send digital bus passes to others electronically. All SLO Transit pass types are available for purchase within the app. See press release here.
SLOCOG conducts an annual Unmet Transit Needs (UTN) study and public hearing as required by the State prior to programming Transportation Development Act (TDA) funding for the next fiscal year. Request for FY 18/19 are currently being accepted. The last day to submit UTN requests for the FY 2018/19 study is February 14, 2018. Learn more here.
New routes include Routes 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A,4B. Route A (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A) travels clockwise and Route B (1B, 2B, 3B, 4B) travels counterclockwise, providing you with bidirectional service along nearly the same route. Bidirectional service gives you the most efficient route option for your travel direction.
SLO Transit - DBE Goal FFY 2018 - 2020
SLO Transit, as a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recipient, spends less than $250,000 federal dollars per triennial period, so is not required to have a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program and triennial DBE goal approved by FTA (49 CFR 26).
As a federal recipient of public funds, SLO Transit is committed to the FTA's desire for minority and/or women owned businesses, known as Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (or DBE's), to have equal access and opportunity to contracts paid for with these public funds.
- SLO Transit DBE Threshold Questionnaire (FFY 18-20)
- SLO Transit DBE Goal and Methodology (FFY 15-17)
New Buses for SLO Transit
March 9, 2017 - SLO Transit now has three upgraded buses that will replace three 2001 buses scheduled to be retired this year. These new 40-foot, low-floor vehicles were purchased thanks in part to a 1.1 million dollar federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) grant. In addition to having the latest emission-reduction technology and electric engine cooling, the vehicles come outfitted with many exterior and interior upgrades. Check out the interior upgrades highlighted below:
SRTP: SLO Transit SRTP, FY 2017 - 2021, approved September 2016 (pdf, 11.3 mb)
Proposed System Map: Figure 36 - SLO Transit SRTP (pdf, 0.39 mb, updated 6/7/2016)
Summary of Public Comments: Summary of SRTP Public Comments (pdf, 0.24 mb)
The San Luis Drive Tripper began service on Monday, August 22, 2016. The San Luis Drive Tripper makes three short-looped morning and afternoon trips starting at the Transit Center and servicing SLO High School and other SLO Transit stops. Make sure to check out the KSBY SLO Transit Tripper Commercial!
SLO Transit, in coordination with San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority (RTA), is currently in the process of updating the Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP). An independent third party contractor is working with both transit agencies to develop this planning document, which will provide direction in planning system growth and responding to needed changes in the next five to seven years. The public is invited to participate in the planning process. On-bus and online surveys to gather information and perceptions from current riders have recently concluded. Public meetings will be announced shortly. Please stay tuned to the Mass Transportation Committee webpage for updated meeting announcements and agendas.
Bus Dispatch and Lost & Found: (805) 541-2877
Regional Transit Information: slorta.org
How do I figure out the bus I need, at the time I need it?
We have several ways for you to access a current schedule, which includes bus routes and fares.
- Smart phone – download the SLO Bus Tracker app to access real time data on your Apple or Android phone.
- Computer/Smart phone - A schedule of our bus routes is located here.
- Paper schedule – printed maps/schedules are available at:
o All bus pass outlets
o On all City buses
o City/County Library
o Cal Poly University Union
o For people with visual impairments, call 805-541-2877
What’s the difference between SLO Transit and RTA?SLO Transit provides daily fixed-route transit service within the City limits and Cal Poly State University. This program also provides downtown trolley shuttle service.
RTA operates bus service connecting cities throughout San Luis Obispo County (and beyond), including Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and more. RTA also oversees the administration of South County Area Transit (SCAT) which operates in the Five Cities area of Shell Beach, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Oceano and Arroyo Grande. http://www.slorta.org/about
When does the trolley run?
Please refer to our Trolley Schedule.
Where can I buy a bus pass?
When do I need a transfer?You will need a transfer if you are transferring from one SLO Transit bus to another SLO Transit bus to complete one direction of your trip. Please request when you board the first bus.
Transfers from SLO Transit to SLO Transit are FREE (Does not apply to RTA)
There are no transfers from the Downtown Trolley to SLO Transit
Transfers are valid for one hour, and for the same direction to complete your trip.
Lost and found – I left something on the bus, where can I find it?Please call us at 805-541-2877.
Can I buy a pass that works on both SLO Transit and RTA?
A Regional Day Pass will allow you to ride on SLO Transit, RTA, SCT, Paso Express and North County Shuttle Routes.
Regional Day Passes can be purchased at the following:
- On-board all SLO Transit, RTA, SCT and Paso Express buses
Longer term Regional passes are available for purchase from an RTA pass outlet - http://www.slorta.org/fares/passes
I heard that SLO Transit is hiring bus drivers, how do I apply?Please contact our transit operator, First Transit, directly: http://www.firsttransit.com/careers