News Release

Janet Sanders

August 24, 2020

Golden Empire Transit Resume Fare Collection Due to lower AQI

Bakersfield, CA —Golden Empire Transit District (GET) will suspend FREE rides starting Tuesday, August 25, 2020 due to an Air Quality Index (AQI) of under 150. All GET Services will begin charging fares again on Tuesday August 25, 2020. If the AQI goes above 150, GET will once again implement the FREE rides. It is a day to day monitoring and GET watches the AQI very carefully.

Funding for AQI free rides on GET’s fixed-route and Get-A-Lift services is provided by a Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) grant. The CMAQ program is a flexible federal‐aid funding source for transportation projects that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality, specifically for the pollutants ozone, carbon monoxide and particulate matter.

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 90 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 21 compressed natural gas GET-A-Lift buses. For more information, visit or call 869.2GET (2438).