Golden Empire Transit District Announces Annual Rideshare Week: October 7-11, 2019

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Jill Smith
Office: 661.869.6307

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2019

Golden Empire Transit District Announces Annual Rideshare Week: October 7-11, 2019

Bakersfield, CA — The Golden Empire Transit District (GET), in partnership with Kern Council of Governments, is excited to announce Rideshare Week from October 7 to 11, 2019. Rideshare Week is a community-wide initiative to promote alternative means of transportation for commuting to and from work, school, and other activities. During this week, GET encourages members of the Bakersfield community to carpool, walk, bike, or ride a GET bus. Special events will be held on Tuesday, October 8 at the Downtown Transit Center from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and at the Southwest Transit Center from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Passengers new to riding the GET bus can access an online trip planner at GETbus.org for help with planning their travel. Free trip planning assistance is also available by calling (661) 869-2GET (2438). For riders with bikes, there are bicycle racks mounted on the front of every GET fixed-route bus and customers may load a bicycle at any bus stop.

“GET is committed to environmental wellness in all aspects of our operations. It is our goal to preserve the health of our planet and the well-being of our community,” explains Karen King, GET’s CEO. “Rideshare Week is one of the ways we encourage greater environmental awareness and responsibility. Visit CommuteKern.org to pledge your commitment to finding alternative ways of transportation during Rideshare Week and enter for a chance to win great prizes.”

Those commuting within southwest Bakersfield can also utilize RYDE, GET’s new on-call ride-hailing service that takes passengers curb-to-curb for only $3.50. For more information, visit RYDEBakersfield.com.

GET was formed in July 1973 and is the primary public transportation provider for the Bakersfield Urbanized Area. It is the largest public transit system within a 110-mile radius. The District’s legal boundary includes Bakersfield city limits as well as adjacent unincorporated areas. GET has a fleet of 88 compressed natural gas buses equipped with wheelchair lifts and bike racks. GET serves 16 routes, operating 7 days a week and transporting more than 6 million passengers each year with its fixed-route buses. In addition, GET operates 25 compressed natural gas GET-A-Lift buses and 7 microtransit RYDE shuttles. For more information, visit www.getbus.org or call 869.2GET (2438).