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No car? Get to Sac for $1

You don’t need a car to get to downtown Sacramento. Or Roseville’s Galleria Mall. Or the city of Davis.

You just need is $1.



And a few hours to spare. Plus the appropriate bus and light rail schedules, all of which are on the Internet.




You catch the bus in Grass Valley, transfer to another bus in Auburn, and then take it to the Galleria, or keep going and hop on light rail to downtown to Sacramento, where you can catch another bus to Davis.

Transferring can be pretty seamless. For example, if you leave Grass Valley at 8:05 a.m. on Saturday, there’s no waiting in between; you hop on one vehicle right after the other – boom, boom, boom – and you’re in downtown Sacramento by 10:30 a.m.

It only costs $1 because that’s the fare you pay to board the bus in Grass Valley. Bus drivers will give you free transfer tickets after that (if you remember to ask for them).

Here’s exactly how to do it:

At 8:05 a.m., catch the Gold Country Stage No. 5 at Church and Neal streets in downtown Grass Valley.

At 8:54 a.m., the No. 5 will arrive

at the Joe Elders Transfer Center, a bus station in downtown Auburn.

Be sure to ask the Gold Country Stage driver for a transfer ticket before you step off.

The transfer will let you ride free on the Placer County Transit bus, which says “Light Rail”

and should be sitting there, waiting.

(This is relatively new, by the way. Placer County Transit only began its connection to light rail last year).

At 9:30 a.m., the bus stops at the Galleria.

At 10 a.m., the bus arrives at the Watt/I-80 light rail station.

Be sure to ask for the driver for that transfer ticket again.

Light rail gets downtown at 10:25 a.m. or 10:40 a.m., depending on when the bus gets there and which train you catch.

To continue on to Davis, you’re supposed to be able to catch Yolobus from 9th and K Street in downtown Sacramento.

So how do you get back home?

Depends on where you are and when you’re there.

For example, getting back from downtown Sacramento on Saturday isn’t quite as seamless as getting there.

You’d have to be at the Watt/I-80 light rail station at 4 p.m., which would get you back to Auburn at 5 p.m. And then you’d have an hour to kill before you caught the bus back to Grass Valley at 6 p.m.

Schedules for the transit systems are available on the Internet. By studying them, you can figure out your own route.

u On the Net

Gold Country Stage

http://www.mynevadacounty.com/transit/

Placer County Transit

http://www.placer.ca.gov/works/schedule.htm

Sacramento Regional Transit

http://www.sacrt.com

Yolobus

http://www.yolobus.com


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