SLO Transit

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Providing Transportation for the City of San Luis Obispo since 1974

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SLO Transit’s Response to COVID-19

Public Transit is a vital life-line service for both transit dependent and other riders that need access to services, places and people.

The safety of SLO Transit employees and customers is our top priority. We continue to take precautions to reduce risks of infection and transmittals while accessing SLO Transit and other county transit systems, including transfers. Transit service levels will be monitored and adjusted as necessary to continue to provide basic lifeline services for the public and allow for services that will help promote social distancing and other individual risk minimization recommendations.

Steps we are taking:

  • SLO Transit has enhanced its cleaning efforts to include disinfecting vehicles every 24 hours along with individual spot cleaning during daily routes. The cleaning agents used in this effort are deemed effective for these purposes and contain anti-viral components such as bleach/water mixes and other disinfectant sprays.

    As an extra level of precaution, SLO Transit has implemented an enhanced cleaning process, focusing more attention on areas and surfaces which are touched most frequently and include:

    Buses: Doors, door handles, handrails, Token Transit Validator, farebox, handles, interior windows and window frames, pull cords, seats and interior walls.

  • Drivers are now wearing nitrile gloves when in operation as an added barrier.
  • We are highly encouraging the use of our onboard hand sanitizer stations when entering the vehicle.
  • We are also encouraging riders to refrain from using cash for their fare and instead, purchasing a physical or digital bus pass.

Customers wishing to limit your use of touchpoints are encouraged to purchase tickets through the TOKEN TRANSIT App that can be found at:

Best Practices and Recommendations for Employees and Riders:

SLO Transit is following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and advising employees and riders to do the same.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as cell phones, keyboards, door handles, etc.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of tissue in trash.
  • Please stay home when you are feeling sick.

We are encouraging riders to be socially conscious and maintain responsible hygiene. If someone is feeling sick and showing signs of illness or have been in close proximity to someone else with symptoms and signs of illness, we ask that they keep their fellow passengers in mind and kindly refrain from using the transit system.

Notice of Temporary Transit Schedule Change:

Out of an abundance of caution to reduce risks of community spread COVID-19 and in response to state, county and local emergency declarations, we will be reducing hours of operation to the following:




Effective Friday, June 19, 2020 until further notice:

SLO Transit will now follow the State’s guidance requiring people in California to wear a face covering while out or in high-risk settings. All riders will need to wear face coverings while on the bus. This includes while waiting at stops and the transit center. 

A face covering must cover the rider’s nose and mouth and can include bandanas and scarves. Children under the age of two should not wear face coverings, as well as those with medical conditions preventing them from wearing masks.

For more information from the California Department of Public Health, please visit the following link.





Regular Fare: $1.50

Senior/Disabled Discounted Fare*: $0.75

*Senior/Disabled ID or valid photo ID required for discounted fare.

Senior/Disabled ID cards issued by appointment only.

To confirm eligibility, please fill out appropriate form available on

or call (805) 594-8090.

Limit the handling of cash by purchasing digital bus passes using the Token Transit mobile app.


Multi-day and multi-ride passes available for purchase at pass sale outlets pending public counter reopenings.

SLO Transit will operate weekend service (8am - 8pm)

until further notice ("A" routes only).

For route, schedule, and pass sale information, visit, download the SLO Transit mobile app, or contact Transit Dispatch at (805) 541-2877.




Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 until further notice:

SLO Transit will be operating on a Weekend schedule, 8AM - 8PM, daily ("A" routes only), effective 3/19/20 at 5 pm and until further notice.

San Luis Tripper (SLT), Laguna Tripper (LT), Highland Tripper (HT), and Trolley service suspended until further notice.




Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice:

In an effort to provide safe and reliable transit for riders requiring essential travel only, SLO Transit has temporarily suspended fares and will NOT require payment when boarding.


For more information on individual routes and schedules, please visit our website at, download the SLO Transit app, or call Transit Dispatch at (805) 541-2877.





 The City of San Luis Obispo’s Transit Division operates a quality fixed route service, as well as a seasonal Trolley. Travel conveniently from neighborhoods to major shopping centers, local schools, including Cal Poly, medical offices, and work sites on one of SLO Transit’s eight fixed routes.

The Old SLO Trolley is a charming and fun way to get from the hotels on north Monterey Street to Downtown SLO on Thursdays for the weekly Farmers Market and, in the warmer months, you can ride the Trolley on Fridays and Saturdays.


SLO Transit routes include Routes 1A1B2A2B3A3B4A4B. A routes (1A2A3A4A) travels clockwise and B routes (1B2B3B4B) 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.

Ride Guide Booklet (combined route information). 

View routes within the SLO Transit Rider Portal, a web-based version of the SLO Transit App.


Downtown Employees - Ride Transit for FREE! 

Employees working in downtown San Luis Obispo may be eligible for a free City bus pass! The Downtown Access Pass (DAP) is a program purposed to help alleviate the demand for parking downtown. Download DAP application here! View the DAP boundaries here

Mobile bus passes, including the DAP, are available through the Token Transit app!

SLO Transit TV Commercial - Every Generation Cares


Every generation cares - from money to health to the future to our planet - how does your generation care? Riding the bus is an opportunity for every generation to care.


You're Riding an Award Winning Transit System!


2018 - CalACT (California Association for Coordinated Transportation) named SLO Transit the Outstanding Transportation Agency for 2018. The award honors an agency that has demonstrated achievement in efficiency, effectiveness, and customer service. 


2018 - Metro Magazine honored SLO Transit with the 2018 Award of Innovation, recognizing the City of San Luis Obispo’s entire reworking of its vehicle specifications to modernize its transit fleet while simultaneously improving the safety and operation of the vehicles.


2018 - APWA ( American Public Works Association) honored SLO Transit with the 2017 Project of the Year — Sustainable Initiatives award for its transit fleet modernization and upgrade project.

Take a Virtual Tour!

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:


SLO Transit Rider Info: (805) 541-2877 (Routes, Schedules, Trip Planning, Lost and Found)

SLO Transit Compliments, Comments, and Complaints: (805) 594-8090 or

Regional Bus Service (RTA): (805) 541-2228 or

Civil Rights: SLO Transit operates its programs and services with respect for civil rights. Visit civil rights page for more information regarding:

  • Title VI Policy - SLO Transit operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, or national origin.
  • Limited English Proficiency Plan (LEP) - SLO Transit is required to take responsible steps to ensure meaningful access to the benefits, services, information, and other important portions of our programs and activities of individuals who are Limited English Proficient.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - SLO Transit makes accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to use any of their services.
  • Reasonable Modification - SLO Transit is committed to making reasonable modifications to its policies, practices, and procedures to avoid discrimination and ensure programs and services are accessible to individuals with disabilities.
  • Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) program - SLO Transit is committed to providing DBE's equal access and opportunity to contracts paid for with public funds.




  • How do I know which bus to take and what time to take it?

  • What’s the difference between SLO Transit and RTA?

  • When does the trolley run?

  • Where can I buy a bus pass?

  • When do I need a transfer?

  • Can I buy a pass that works on both SLO Transit and RTA?

  • Lost and found – I left something on the bus, where can I find it?

  • Have you considered being a Bus Driver in your community?

  • What discounted fares does SLO Transit offer?

  • Is the bus accessible to passenger with disabilities?

  • What else do I need to know?

  • Can I bring my bike on the bus?

  • What is that weird (new) 3-headed signal?