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: https://tokentransit.com/agency/slotransit.
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:
TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGE
Effective Thursday, March 19 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.
TEMPORARY SHIFT TO FARE FREE TRANSIT
Effective Monday, March 23 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 slotransit.org, 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 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B. A routes (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A) travels clockwise and B routes (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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Bus Service (RTA): (805) 541-2228 or slorta.org
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?
Planning your bus trip is easy with the Google Transit Trip Planner. Simply fill in your starting location and destination then Google will determine your best trip. You can also adjust your trip by departure or arrival time. Give it a try. If you need help, please call us at (805) 541-2877.
We have several ways for you to access route, schedule, and fare information:
- Visit the Trip Planning page
- Printed transit booklets and schedules available on buses and at pass sale outlets, City/County Library, Cal Poly University Union
What’s the difference between SLO Transit and RTA?
SLO Transit provides daily fixed-route transit service within the city limits of San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly. This program also operates the Old SLO Trolley which provides fixed-route service downtown and on upper Monterey on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays depending on the time of year.
SLO Regional Transit Authority (RTA) provides regional fixed-route service (RTA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit service (Runabout). RTA operates intercommunity public transportation in San Luis Obispo County (including Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and more) and extending into Santa Barbara County to the south.
When does the trolley run?
We would love to see you on the Old SLO Trolley! Please refer to the Trolley Schedule for route and schedule information.
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.
Can I buy a pass that works on both SLO Transit and RTA?
Regional Day Passes allow you to ride on SLO Transit, Regional Transit Authority (RTA), South County Transit (SoCo Transit), Paso Express and Morro Bay Transit. Regional Day Passes are available for sale on buses.
Longer term Regional passes are available for purchase from an RTA Pass Sale Outlet.
Lost and found – I left something on the bus, where can I find it?
Lost and found items are secured at the City Bus Yard. Please call SLO Transit at (805) 541-2877 to confirm we have your item.
Have you considered being a Bus Driver in your community?
Please contact our transit operator, First Transit, directly: http://www.firsttransit.com/careers