Sacramento RT introduces free app to buy not-free transit passes

RideSacRT intended to make buying fare easier, evading it less appealing

Yes, but will fare-dodgers use it?

On Monday, the Sacramento Regional Transit District unveiled a free mobile application to purchase, save and use fares for its network of buses and light-rail trains.

Available for download on Apple and Android products, “RideSacRT” will be pilot-tested for six months, after which it will transition to a permanent mobile app with additional features, a release states.

Developed by mobile payment provider Passport, the app initially offers basic and discount single-ride and daily passes. The former is valid up to 90 minutes once activated. The app also allows people to buy and store RT passes until June 30.