The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) heard from a few Galt residents about transportation needs in the city. The meeting was held Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. at City Hall with just a handful of people attending.

Council member Rich Lozano represents Galt on the SACOG board of directors, and he thanked those who did come out for their support.

Barbara Vaughn Becthold, associate planner for SACOG encouraged all in the community to reach out by phone, email or through SACOG’s website about their concerns and transportation needs.

Robert Balliet, commissioner on Aging, spoke to the SACOG officials, passing on the concerns he hears from seniors in the community.

“People who attend the Commission on Aging and our new Senior Resource Center are concerned about transportation to medical appointments,” Balliet said. “Not everyone can get an appointment for a Thursday or Friday when rides are now available.”

Mike Barnbaum, transit advocate for the Sacramento region, said he’d just finished an assessment of the transit in the area and found later evening hours are needed, weekend service and holiday buses. He also said that Roseville had a “game day express” to get Roseville residents to the Golden One Center to see Kings games. He said that idea might work well in the Galt area.

Current public transit in the Galt area includes the Galt-Sacramento Commuter Express, which stops at City Hall and at the Twin Cities Park and Ride five times during the weekdays. It stops in nine downtown locations for those working in that area. The cost for a one-way trip is $4 for adults, $2 for seniors over 65 years of age and $2 for children ages 5 to 12. A monthly pass is $120. For more information, you may call (209) 745-3052 or visit www.sctlink.com.

The Hwy 99 Express stops in Lodi, Galt, Cosumnes River College, Kaiser South and the Methodist Hospital. A monthly student pass is $45.  A general monthly pass is $75. A ride to Lodi from Galt is $2 for the general public and $1 for seniors and students. For more information, you may call (209) 745-3052 or 1 (800) 338-8676 or visit www.sctlink.com.