Transit Services

RTA is the Regional/County Bus

The San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority (RTA) provides intercommunity public transportation. RTA’s service area includes all of San Luis Obispo county and extends into Santa Barbara county to the south. Many of the routes include stops at Cal Poly and at the transit hub in downtown San Luis Obispo to accommodate any transfers you may need.

NEW for Academic Year 2021-22 TAPS is excited to offer fully subsidized RTA bus passes to commuting students, faculty and staff! Sign up to get started any day of the month, here’s how:

  1. Contact us to start for free with a RTA 31-Day Pass. This pass gives you unlimited rides for 31 days in a row on all RTA and Paso Express routes.
  2. Log at least 16 commuter trips within those 31 days on your Cal Poly iRideshare Network. (That’s only 2 round trips per week for 4 weeks). Commute trips either arrive at Cal Poly or depart from Cal Poly.
  3. TAPS rewards you with a new RTA 31-Day Pass via Token Transit on us.
  4. Repeat monthly.

This program uses the Token Transit app to send riders passes directly to a smart phone. Just show your ticket to the driver using your phone. Download the Token Transit app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

SLO Transit is the City Bus

SLO Transit connects the city of San Luis Obispo and the campus directly. Find the bus route you need by checking out the SLO Transit Schedule.

Use the Bus Tracker App to find where the bus is, locate the closest stop to your present location, and get Rider Alert information. Get it on your computer, from Apple App Store or Google Play.

TAPS subsidizes SLO Transit so active students, faculty and staff can ride for free by swiping their Cal Poly ID. Since 1985, Cal Poly has financially subsidized the city bus system, allowing our students, staff and faculty to ride the bus at no cost to the rider. Funding comes from parking citation revenue, not from state general funds, nor from student tuition or fees.