Golden Empire Transit is celebrating its 45th anniversary as a transit district.
Public transit service was operated by the City of Bakersfield beginning in August 1956 after the Bakersfield Transit Company ceased operation. Throughout the 1960s, the transit system suffered mounting financial losses.
Originally named Greater Bakersfield Metropolitan Transit District, GET was formed in July of 1973 and became Bakersfield’s primary public transport service.
During the next five years GET received 24 new air-conditioned buses, installed 300 bus stop signs, created a totally new route system, purchased a two-way radio system, and increased ridership by 167%, according to GET.
GET has a fleet of 90 compressed natural gas buses equipped with wheelchair lifts and bike racks. GET services 16 routes, which operate 7 days a week and transport more than 6 million passengers each year with its fixed route buses.
For more information, visit www.getbus.org.